The Heron's Call
ebook, 280 pages
Published February 20th 2007 by Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Only the brave will answer the Call...
Kael Zyhn is a Heron sword mage and the first of his kind to forge a mage sword in more than a generation. But the trance that took him just before forging the sword disrupted Kael's first meeting with his raynia, his soul twin. Twelve years later, he-s recovered from his ordeal and ready to claim his mate. Only to discover she wants nothing to do with him.
Rowena, an Aleanian sword sworn, can't forgive her long absent raynei for deserting her all those years ago. But she admits that she needs him to survive her latest mission. Unfortunately, the longer she's in Kael's presence, the more she wants him, despite the protests of her damaged heart.
To succeed in her quest, Rowena must learn to trust Kael. But can she dare trust him with her heart again? And will she risk his life by giving in to her desires?
Warning, this title contains the following: explicit sex, graphic language, mild violence, a little light "tie me up, tie me down", and a lot of sword fighting.
Rowena (daughter of a sword mage and a shapeshifter) hasn't seen her soulmate-her raynei-in twelve years... until he shows up out of nowhere with all his mage powers and ruins a perfectly good sword fight. It was seven against one but hey, she had it under control.
Kael found Rowena when she was much to young to bond. A single kiss and he was pulled from her life by a seizure and thrust into a six year long trance in which he forged a sword of great power. Three years after that he was left to recover and after that, his parents bid him to wait for her to achieve her place as priestess. In secret and shadow, Kael visited Rowena without her knowledge, watching and waiting to claim her as his.
The Heron's Call was so much more than I had expected. I raved inside with every fight Rowena gave Kael. And the way they kept reiterating what they meant and who they were to eachother... I melted. Loved Kael... so romantic, although in a I-need-to-fuck-you-now sort of way. While it's a rather tender reunion, the language tends to get vulgar so there's a fine mingling of smut and romance.
Romance does eventually tip the scale though. 4 out of 5 stars.