A Sorceress of His Own (The Gifted Ones #1) by Dianne Duvall
This is an adult steampunk novel (historical with a paranormal twist) (Rated NC-17)
(Four Gifted Hearts)
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 OnesSince 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.
I must say I’m not sure what I expected with this book other than it was written by one of my favorite authors. I really like historical fiction (which this was) and steampunk (which this kind of was). However with the link to her other series, I was expecting more paranormal aspects than I got.
When I think gifted one, I think of this author’s version of vampires which wasn’t the case at all in this book. Other than a short visit by two of her other series characters, I wouldn’t have linked this book at all to that series. Maybe as we go further the mythology will link up, but so far, we didn’t get modified vamps. We have “witch or mythical type powers” (psychic, healing, telekinesis, etc with no blood intake).
Then the story was super slow to develop. It’s always hard in a new world to set the stage. But I felt the beginning lacked a bang for me to grasp onto. If not for loyalty to the author, I might have given up.
However, all in all, it was a good story once it got going. Lord Dillion is so dreamy and alpha. Just the right mix. I can’t wait to read more and me thinks Dillion’s brother and Alyssa’s cousin, just saying.
Kristen Potter does a great job with narration.
Overall, well worth the read or listen.
My book boyfriend is Dillion.
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