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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Through a Dark Mist by Marsha Canham

Title: Through a Dark Mist
Author: Marsha Canham
Publisher: Dell (first published October 1st 1991)
Genre: Historical Romance
Pages: 480
Rating: 3 Crowns

Synopsis: The author of The Blood of Roses presents the dark forests and royal intrigues of medieval England. En route to her wedding, Lady Servanne's party is attacked by notorious Black Wolf and his band. Her kingdom's future is changed forever when she and Black Wolf submit to their growing passion, and he claims to be the true heir to her future husband's title.

My Review: This book starts off with a thrilling kidnapping that immediately has you wonder what is really going on in this seemingly quiet forest in England. We're immediately taken to a place where no one is who they seem, no place is really safe, and the things we thought we knew are completely turned around.

I found this to be an interesting take on the Robin Hood legends with little twists that made me want to keep reading to see what was going to happen next, since I was unsure if my previous knowledge would stick or if it too was going to be changed around. Instead of the same old villains from this well known story, we get a wretchedly jealous woman, a huge family deception, and enough romance to keep you entertained.

I also loved that, because this was written in the early 90's, not only is the language different, but the descriptions are more romancey due to the time in which it was released. I can definitely appreciate a raunchy scene, but sometimes it's nice to remember that things used to be different. I think any fan of romance will appreciate the love scenes and I wouldn't be surprised if all of you find yourself grabbing some of your older favorites after this one.

This is the first in a series of four books, and I'm definitely interested in getting my hands on the rest of them. Although it's a relatively large book, I didn't want to set it down, wanting to see what was going to happen next and hope for the right thing to happen for Servanne. It's not every day you get two handsome bachelors after you, even if they don't always have the best motives!

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Georgia Girls said...

Just stopping by -- love your blog!!! And the colors!!!

I haven't read alot of historical romances, but I did recently read a delightful young YA fantasy romance that is on our best books list -- Keturah and Lord Death. Might be a little tame for you or your readers, but I read it in one day.

librarypat said...

I'll have to check my shelves to see if I have any of this series. Sounds most interesting.
Thanks for the review.

Audra said...

I hadn't thought about it but I can imagine style and tone of writing has changed -- you've got me curious about this one now!

marshacanham said...

Just wanted to say thank you for the wonderful review *s* Robin Hood has been one of my favorite characters, ever since I saw Errol Flynn swinging down out of the trees.

Crystal - Princess of Pop Culture said...

Georgia Girls - Thanks for the recommendation, that one does sound good :)

librarypat - It was definitely interesting, and a fun way to pass the time!

Audra - I hadn't really thought about it either, but then as I was reading this one it came to my mind that things are just written differently these days, much more flowery back then. We're not so delicate anymore!

Crystal - Princess of Pop Culture said...

marshacanham - Thanks so much for stopping by! I loved the chance to read your book, and look forward to the others :)

Angela Renee said...

Thanks for bringing this book to my attention! I cannot wait to find a copy of it!

Crystal - Princess of Pop Culture said...

Angela - I hope you enjoy it! I bought it on the Kindle because it was hard to find in print, but I'm envious if you're able to find a hard copy!