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The wizard's ward
Hale, Deborah.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Luna, [2004]

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409 pages ; 21 cm
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Publisher's Weekly Review

In her first crossover foray into fantasy, romance writer Hale (Beauty and the Baron) nicely blends the two genres in an upbeat, feel-good story. In the land of Umbria, the people suffer under the yoke of the cruel Hanish invaders, but there is hope: Maura Woodbury, who has learned magic and healing as the ward of the wizard Langbard, suddenly discovers that she's the Destined Queen. Together with the Waiting King (whoever that may be), "they will reclaim and restore his kingdom." Maura's destiny will severely test her stamina and courage, but her biggest challenge is to try not to fall in love with the wrong man-and Rath the Wolf, who joins her in her rather fuzzy quest, seems at first to be entirely the wrong man. Later, Maura finds herself irresistibly drawn to Rath's courage and basic decency. Maura tends to overuse the same tricks and the action stops before the real work of ridding the kingdom of the oppressors begins, but fans of gentler fantasy and romance readers should have no cause to complain. (Apr. 1) Forecast: The attractive jacket art-of a slender woman paddling a boat in a misty swamp with a castle looming in the background-has nothing to do with the story, but it will strike the right chord with the target audience. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

For years, the land of Umbria has been plagued by the evil and violent Han forces. Now, Maura, ward and apprentice of the wizard Langbard, is told that she is the legendary Destined Queen who must wake the Waiting King so that they can overthrow their enemies and reclaim their kingdom. Gifted only in life-magic, Maura reluctantly agrees; but when Langbard is felled by magic and cannot accompany her on her quest, she has no choice but to rely on the aid of the outlaw Rath Talward, a dangerous man she is not so sure she can trust. Gentle magic, serious sorcery, violent action, and lively adventure grace the pages of this engrossing romantic fantasy, which should find fans in both the romance and the fantasy camps. Hale is a popular writer of historical romance (The Last Champion), and this is her first fantasy romance. She lives in Nova Scotia. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.