SHE WALKS IN POWER is INCREDIBLE! High praise from a person who stays away from the medieval/mythical genre.
Alexia D’Clere is many things, but being Protector of the Spear is by far her highest honor. Passed to her at the age of eight—it is an honor that comes with both responsibility and danger; something she knows all too well.
After the death of her parents, Alexia and her sister are elevated to caretakers of their family castle, along with a trusted steward. But, when Alexia becomes the target of a murder plot, a friar who knows the responsibility she shoulders, spirits her away to live in the forest. Once there, Alexia learns the ways of archery and comes to be known as The Falcon of Emerald Forest. She is a Robin Hood figure to the townspeople of the local village, providing them with game and sharing Scripture even though it is considered criminal for anyone outside of the church to read God’s Holy Word. But Alexia knows there is comfort in God’s Word and refuses to be silenced. Though Alexia would like nothing more than to go back to the castle of her birthright, not knowing whom it is who wants her dead, keeps her incognito. Though her life is in danger every time she goes near the castle, she refuses to stay away because of her ailing sister.
So, as you can see, Alexia wears many hats: Protector of the Spear, The Falcon of Emerald Forest, heir to a castle, provider to the local village. Somehow, she manages to balance her many roles without the slightest trouble; that is, until she meets Ronar LePeine, one of the King's elite guards.
Guard Ronar LePeine, along with his two closes friends, is escorting Bishop Godfrey to Luxley Castle. The Bishop is convinced The Spear of Destiny is hidden there and is determined to find it. While traveling through the Emerald Forest, Alexia decides the Bishop’s band of men have gotten too close to the hiding place of the spear. She sets out to distract the elite guardsmen and ends up coming face to face with Ronar.
From their very first encounter, Alexia and Ronar are befuddled with each other. At first, they want nothing more than to best each other. Alexia is determined to protect the spear from Ronar, the Bishop, and anyone else who searches for it, while Ronar is sure the forest sprite is up to no good because of her mastery of deception and her knowledge of the Scriptures. However, the attraction these two feel for each other is undeniably scintillating.
I absolutely LOVED this book! Marylu has an amazing way of building such chemistry between her characters; it wouldn’t matter if the story took place in a forest, a castle, or a shoe store. It is that good! The concept was brilliant, and Ms. Tyndall’s attention to detail in creating her world was flawless. The repartee between Alexia and Ronar is so incredibly delicious; you can’t help but smirk as these two banter in a battle of wits—a battle neither of them realizes is based more on attraction then one-upmanship.
SHE WALKS IN POWER is another amazing book from Marylu Tyndall. I am convinced; no one writes Adventure/Romance likes she does. The only unfortunate thing about finishing SHE WALKS IN POWER so quickly . . . the time I have to wait until the next installment.
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