Title: Everlasting Enchantment (Book #2, The Relics of Merlin)
Genre: Fantasy/Historical Romance
Author: Kathryne Kennedy
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca, Dec. 2013
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from Amazon.com:
Power Magic is Afoot Millicent Pantere has lived her entire life in the notorious London Underground. She cares nothing for the problems of the crown or the intrigues of society. But the ladies of the realm are acting strangely, and Millicent is coerced into tracking down the rumors of a mysterious man—a magic man who comes in the night and disappears at dawn.
And So the Hunt BeginsMillicent’s search leads her to one of Merlin’s legendary relics and the seductive knight whose fate is bound up with it. Centuries ago, Sir Gareth Solimere made the mistake of seducing the wrong woman, and he has been trapped ever since by a diabolical curse. He’s looking for the one who can break the enchantment—but in this world, there is no love without betrayal…
This fantasy/historical romance is strong on both the fantasy and the romance. Set in the early days of Queen Victoria’s reign, Kennedy builds a world that is magical and beautiful above ground and dark and sinister underground. There is action, adventure, violence, death, rebirth, monsters, vampire, evil, and magic everywhere. The plot is well constructed and the characters well realized. There is a villain with a telling name, The Duke of Ghoulston, shapeshifters with telling names, Nell Feenix (a firebird), Millicent Pantere (a panther) and there is a knight of the Round Table(Sir Gareth) who has been enchanted by Merlin. This book reads like an adult, rated X, fairytale not in the style of Disney but rather like the brothers Grimm, for there is a strong adventure/action component.
I recommend this book to all fantasy fans.
(I’m taking issue with the cover of this book. In the book there is a woman vampire who wears black beaded gowns. The heroine, who is the panther shifter, I don’t think ever wore a black beaded gown. She did wear a bronze gown so why not put that on the cover?)