A Sorceress of His Own (The Gifted Ones #1) by Dianne Duvall
Read: 14th – 15th February 2017
Re-read: 21st – 22nd April 2019
Publication Date: 2nd June 2015
Quote from A Sorceress of His Own
““As I said, my lord, siege towers will not be necessary. Brimshire is yours.” Dillon stared down at her in astonishment as his men all crossed themselves in a flurry of motion. She had accomplished in one night what a six-month siege had not. Just how far did her gifts extend?”
My Overall Rating: 5/5
Plot: 5/5 – Flow: 5/5 – Character Development: 5/5 – World Building: 5/5
A Sorceress of His Own is the first novel (approx 347pages) in Ms Duvall’s paranormal romance series – The Gifted Ones – a keenly awaited spin-off series from her highly popular Immortal Guardians, the adventures in this series are focused on Gifted Ones; men and women who were born with extremely advanced DNA that lends them special gifts, such as healing, telepathy, precognition, telekinesis and the like. A Sorceress of His Own is set in medieval England during the 12th century.
If you’ve read any of my reviews before, you’ll know that I don’t post spoilers of any kind or reveal any plot twists in my book reviews, so here’s what the official blurb has to say about the story:
From the New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed Immortal Guardians series comes an enchanting new series full of romance, danger, and loyalty: The Gifted Ones
Since the day Lord Dillon earned his spurs, rumors of his savagery on the battlefield have preceded him into every room, stilling tongues and sparking fear. Weary of battle, he wishes only to find a woman he can wed who will approach him not with fear, but with the tenderness that has been absent from his life for so long. Yet only the wisewoman seems invariably at ease in his presence. Perhaps because she garners the same fear in others that he does himself.
For seven years, Alyssa has been by Lord Dillon’s side, counseling him from the shadows, healing him with her hands, and staving off the worst of his loneliness while his fearsome reputation keeps others at bay. Blessed–or cursed–with gifts that label her a sorceress, she is forced to conceal her youth and the love she harbors for him beneath umbral robes that lead Dillon and his people to believe she is the same aged wisewoman who served his father.
All is revealed, however, and passions flare when an enemy threatens Dillon’s life and Alyssa sacrifices everything to save him. When Dillon discovers that the wisewoman is far from elderly, he is instantly entranced. And, as he and Alyssa work together to defeat an enemy bent on destroying them both, Dillon will risk anything–even the wrath of his king–to be with her.
Although Ms Duvall has promised her Immortal Guardians fans that we will recognise some of her existing characters throughout The Gifted Ones series, she has insisted that you do not have to read that series to enjoy this one. I can confirm that A Sorceress of His Own can be read as a standalone title and has a HEA ending.
I bought A Sorceress of His Own for my Kindle and added the audio version because it was offered at a reduced rate; I found myself reading along to the narration which has become my favourite way to get lost in a story.
Now, I don’t usually read historical novels; I am very much a woman of the here and now and struggle to engage with stories set in our past. I have read Ms Duvall’s Immortal Guardians series and loved every one, so I put aside my preconceptions acquired over the years and I am so glad that I did. A Sorceress of His Own was not like any historical romance that I’d read before.
I really like Ms Duvall’s writing style and find her books very easy to read (but not so easy to put down! Lol!); she writes intelligent, engaging stories with a collection of well written characters, set against an imaginative world that cleverly mixes fantasy and reality, making it so easy to submerse oneself completely in her books. The pace of her stories is usually fast, full of action and contains a couple of plot lines which run alongside the main romantic story arc, but fear not lovely readers, she manages to pack this all in without making you feel overwhelmed, bewildered or lost. I was overjoyed to find the same qualities here.
As a narrated book, I was impressed with Kirsten Potter’s performance; loving the pace at which she read the story, the way she added emotional inflection to the sad , funny or tense scenes and her tonal adjustments for the dialogue between the characters.
A Sorceress of His Own captivated me; the characters were multifaceted and interesting but completely believable and I became emotionally invested in their story, desperately turning the page to find out what would happen next. If you’ve read my reviews before, then you’ll know that I connect to a story more if the lead female character is intelligent, resilient and has a good sense of humour; I wasn’t disappointed here. Alyssa was perfect; a master strategist, kind, loyal and with oodles of gumption.
The historic setting felt well researched and accurate, the language used throughout – not just the dialogue but the prose used in the narrative – added to the authenticity of time and place but without bogging me down and loosing me.
The mystery/thriller aspect of this tale kept me guessing, the action kept me on the edge of my seat and the prejudice and brutality of the times tore me apart; I’ve got to confess, I did cry – a lot! But fear not, dear reader the romance between Alyssa and Dillon was heart-warming to read, there was enough gentle humour and banter to balance the tears and the passion between Alyssa and Dillon set my tummy a-tingling. *oh my*
Even though some of the more violent scenes sent my emotions spinning, there was nothing about this book that I didn’t absolutely love!!
This book left me breathless; I couldn’t put it down! It’s got everything that I look for in a 5 star book; action, romance, a gripping story-line, humour and well written, erotic sex scenes.
Due to the graphic violence and sexual content, I’d recommend this book to adults who aren’t offended by content of this nature who are fans of relationship/romance tales (historic or contemporary) with oodles of passion.
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