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Review: A Sorceress of His Own (The Gifted Ones #1) by Dianne Duvall

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Flora Reviews… 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

My Overall Rating: 5/5

Plot: 5/5 – Flow: 5/5 – Character Development: 5/5 – World Building: 5/5

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?

What’s A Sorceress of His Own About?

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. This series tells the stories of the Gifted Ones. Mortal men and women who were born with extremely advanced DNA that lends them special gifts. For example, healing, telepathy, precognition, telekinesis, etc. A Sorceress of His Own is set in medieval England during the 12th century.

I focus my reviews on how the story was told rather than the plot itself. I’m looking at the author’s writing style, how they paced their plots and how well they constructed their characters and setting. Therefore, my reviews don’t contain spoilers or reveal plot twists.

Here’s what the official blurb has to say about the story.

The Synopsis

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.

What did I like about A Sorceress Of His Own?

Now, I don’t usually read historical novels. I’m very much a woman of the here and now and struggle to engage with stories set in our past. I’ve read Ms Duvall’s Immortal Guardians series and loved every one. Therefore, I put aside my preconceptions acquired over the years. I’m so glad that I did! A Sorceress of His Own wasn’t like any historical romance that I’d read before.

I was overjoyed to find the qualities that make a good story great in A Sorceress of His Own.

I really like Ms Duvall’s writing style and find her books very easy to read. However, they’re too gripping to put down! Lol! She writes intelligent, engaging stories with a collection of well written characters. With an imaginative world setting 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 and full of action. With a couple of plot lines which run alongside the main romantic story arc. However, fear not lovely readers, she manages to pack this all in without making you feel overwhelmed, bewildered or lost.

My favourite way to get lost in a story, is reading along to the narration.

Therefore, when I downloaded A Sorceress of His Own on my Kindle, I added the narration. Luckily, the price was reduced.

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. Plus her tonal adjustments for the dialogue between the characters made conversations easy to follow.

A Sorceress of His Own captivated me.

The characters were multifaceted and interesting but completely believable. 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 historical setting felt well researched and accurate.

The language used throughout added to the authenticity of time and place. Not just the dialogue but the prose used in the narrative too. However, I never felt bogged down or lost.

The mystery and thriller aspects of this tale kept me guessing, the action kept me on the edge of my seat. The prejudice and brutality of the times tore me apart; I’ve got to confess, I did cry – a lot! However, fear not, dear reader it’s not all doom and gloom. There was enough gentle humour and banter to balance the tears. While the romance between Alyssa and Dillon was heart-warming to read, the passion between them set my tummy a-tingling. *yummy*

Was there anything I disliked about it?

Some of the more violent scenes did send my emotions spinning. However, not enough to dampen my enjoyment of this story.

Ms Duvall has promised her Immortal Guardians fans that we’ll recognise some of her existing characters throughout The Gifted Ones series. She has insisted that you don’t have to read that series to enjoy this one. I too think that A Sorceress of His Own  can be read as a standalone title.

Therefore, what I’m saying is…

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.

Content Warning:

There are scenes of explicit sexual content and graphic violence in this book. Therefore, I’d only recommend it to adults who aren’t offended by scenes of this sort.

I’d recommend A Sorceress of His Own to adults who love relationship and romance tales with oodles of passion. Either in the historical or contemporary genres.

Has my review of A SORCERESS OF HIS OWN (THE GIFTED ONES #1) encouraged you to find out more? I do hope so. Click on any of the links below to check out the book yourself. Keep reading to find out more about this series and Dianne Duvall.

The Gifted Ones Series

A keenly awaited spin-off series from Dianne Duvall’s highly popular Immortal Guardians. This series tells the stories of the Gifted Ones. Mortal men and women who were born with extremely advanced DNA that lends them special gifts. For example, healing, telepathy, precognition, telekinesis, etc.

Although the stories are connected with characters and details from Dianne’s Immortal Guardians series. Each book can be read as a standalone title.

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If you haven’t read any of the series yet, it’s never too late to start your adventure with these gripping alpha heroes and truly awesome heroines. Follow the links to read my reviews or buy your own copy.

  • A Sorceress of His Own (The Gifted Ones #1) (2015)
  • Rendezvous With Yesterday (The Gifted Ones #2) (2016)

Buy any of the stories in print, ebook and audio formats through the usual retailers, including:

Amazon UK ¦ Amazon US ¦ Audible ¦ The Book Depository ¦ Waterstones

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Dianne Duvall

Dianne Duvall is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Immortal Guardians series and The Gifted Ones series. Reviewers have called Dianne’s books “fast-paced and humorous” (Publishers Weekly), “utterly addictive” (RT Book Reviews), “extraordinary” (Long and Short Reviews), and”wonderfully imaginative” (The Romance Reviews). Her books have twice been nominated for RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards and are routinely deemed Top Picks by RT Book Reviews, The Romance Reviews, and Night Owl Reviews.

Dianne loves all things creative. When she isn’t writing, Dianne is active in the independent film industry and has even appeared on-screen, crawling out of a moonlit grave and wielding a machete like some of the vampires she creates in her books.

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Follow Dianne’s blog or on social media for the latest news on upcoming releases, contests, and more.

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Dianne Duvall is one of my favourite authors. To see the other amazing authors on my list, click HERE.

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Thank you for taking the time to read my thoughts. Enjoy the rest of your day and keep reading!

Flora x

About Author

I'm in my late forties, my interests are varied but since menopause hit a few years ago, I find myself becoming a "grumpy old woman" all too frequently - where has my infinite patience gone!?! Lol!
I bought a Kindle in the summer of 2013 and haven't stopped reading since. If you want to know more about me, check out my blog - www.florasmusings.com

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