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  • Mass Market Paperback: 202 pages
  • Publisher: Cassell (1967)
  • ASIN: B0000CNEB6
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,406,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Jun. 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Set in the reign of Henry II, "Power of Darkess" tells the story of Helie de Trevaine, recently returned from France to inherit his father's estate. Paying a visit of courtesey to the neighboring estate of Warby, he finds himself embroiled in murder, witchcraft, and mystery. Robert of Warby, a dastardly character, has recently been poisoned, leaving his beautiful sister as tenant in chief. Her other guests include a mercenary captain and his troop, her brother's betrothed, Durande de Valloroy, and Durande's uncle and cousin. When Durande is accused of poisoning her late fiance, Helie becomes her champion. They embark on a series of adventures, and fall in love, of course.
Unlike many romantic novels, there is no lack of trust or false tension between the lovers. Each of them soon recognizes the worth of the other and are united in purpose against many dangers and foes.
For anyone who likes this book, the same author wrote two books, that I know of, in the 1970s under a different pseudonym, Grace Ingram. One, "Red Adam's Lady" is unrelated, but the other, "Gilded Spurs" takes place three generations earlier than "Power of Darkenss" in the same location and with the same families involved. It tells the story of the Warbys and Trevaines during the reign of Steven.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bexze on 17 July 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is one of my favorite novels, which I first read in my early teens. I have read it many times since and continue to love it.
Helie de Trevaine returns from four years in Provance to inherit the family estate, after the deaths of his father and elder brother. He pays a courtesey call on his neighbor and old flame, Hermeline of Warby, and is swiftly embroiled in a mystery involving the recent death, apparently by poison, of her brother Robert. When Robert's betrothed, Durande de Vallaroy, is accused of murder, Helie becomes her champion. Together they face a band of routiers, witches, and their relatives, as they puzzle out the mystery of Robert's death amid a series of fact paced adventures.
One reason I enjoy this story so much is that the hero and heroine enjoy a bond of trust and shared purpose almost from the outset of the book, rather than the false tension of misunderstanding which seems obligatory in many romantic novels. They are both intelligent, honourable people and recognize one another's worth.
If anyone else is interested in this book, the same author wrote two books, that I know of, in the 1970s under a different pseudonym, Grace Ingram. One, "Red Adam's Lady" is unrelated, but the other, "Gilded Spurs" takes place three generations earlier than "Power of Darkenss" in the same location and with the same families involved.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Thoughtful, action-packed and romantic novel. 2 May 1999
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is one of my favorite novels, which I first read in my early teens. I have read it many times since and continue to find it a compelling and moving story.
Briefly, a young man and woman find themselves battling against mercenaries, their families, and the power of darkness. In the process, they fall in love, of course. It is a well written and exciting story with strong leading characters.
If anyone else is interested in this book, the same author wrote two books, that I know of, in the 1970s under a different pseudonym, Grace Ingram. One, "Red Adam's Lady" is unrelated, but the other, "Gilded Spurs" takes place three generations earlier than "Power of Darkenss" in the same location and with the same families involved.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A great read, and also a window to the past 15 Jun. 2011
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was fortunate enough to be able to get the book through an interlibrary loan. I never thought that any book would top my previous favorite written by the author, but I liked this even better than No Man's Son.

The characters were well developed, even the minor characters. I have noticed that sometimes the author makes her female characters a little over the top - a little too high tempered and impetutous - but she was more restrained with Durande and the book was the better for it. The plot was exciting and even though there were two choices for villains, and all the clues were present, the identity of the villain was still a surprise. I love the way that life in the time and place is described (12th century England) and apparently the author has a good reputation for accuracy about the time period.

I've read all her books but Desert Leopard (which is ust not available at all), and liked them all. I wish someone would release her books as ebooks. They should be read.
Wonderful book. I'd read and loved Red Adam's Lady 1 Nov. 2014
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Wonderful book. I'd read and loved Red Adam's Lady, by the same author under another name, but her other novel, Silver Spurs, was a real disappointment. This book was up to her highest standards. It has believable, sympathetic characters and provides insight into what medieval life might have been like.
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