- Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Silhouette Books (1 July 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0373617666
- ISBN-13: 978-0373617661
- Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 1.9 x 16.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,330,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Raintree: Sanctuary (Silhouette Nocturne) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jul 2007
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About the Author
Movies fascinated Beverly Barton from an early age, and by the time she was seven she was rewriting the movies she saw to give them all happy endings. After her marriage and the births of her children, Beverly continued to be a voracious reader and a devoted movie goer, but she put her writing aspirations on hold. Now, after writing over 70 books, receiving numerous awards and becoming a New York Times bestselling author, Beverly's career became her dream come true.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
How is that romantic? Your right it's not!!
I know they are/were?!? enemies but did we have to read how it's his right to kill her and it was not as if it was him just saying it at face value to the person in front of him. The writer let you read that he was thinking it as well.
I always find this when there is a trilogy of stories, the first one is great, the second is good too because it gives more background to what's going on and then the third story is just not as good, it's a let down and this story confirmed that.
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Mercy Raintree is the guardian for the 999 acres called Sanctuary deep in the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina by the wizard clan known as Raintree. They engaged in The Battle two hundred years ago with the evil wizard clan Ansara and emerged the victors. Since then the Raintree clan has been strong and continue to expand their powers. Raintree members see it as their mission to remain close to the humans and help them with paranormal powers whenever possible, yet still hide their magic from discovery. They think the Ansara were beaten so badly that they dispersed and their few remaining members became almost completely absorbed by the human world. This last book in the trilogy shows just how wrong the Raintree really are. Books one, two and three all take place during the same one week period and form the platform for the epic battle which will take place to decide the ruling wizard clan of the world.
This is the first book I have read by Ms Barton. She actually had the hardest job of the three authors because she had to tie up all the ends left dangling in the two previous books. I think book two could be a stand-alone but obviously you get the complete picture by reading all three. I wonder why the publishers didn't bring these out as a package deal. Or even as a related anthology. My main problem with Ms Barton's writing is that she seemed to forget that she had written something one time so she wrote it again. I am Ansara, you are Raintree. I am Raintree, you are Ansara. Eve is my daughter, I will never let her go. I will never let you take Eve from me, she is my daughter. Echo will learn to master her gift over time. Echo will master her gift as she matures. Over and over again I read the same phrases, sentences and thoughts. I wanted to say, Yes, O.K., I get it! You can stop now! It felt as if she had written a lot of the book in short bursts and then didn't re-read what she had done previously before beginning the story again.
Overall, I would recommend this but probably only if you read at least book two also. I didn't particularly like the hero here (Judah Ansara) but if you like the really, really masteful type, he's your man. The reason he met Mercy originally was extremely cold and calculating and I personally did not see (or believe) that he had changed all that much by the end of the book.
Mortal enemies since time immemorial, Judah Ansara knew he should have stayed away from the Raintree clan's princess. But blinded by her beauty, he spent a night with her against his better judgment never realizing the complication that that one glorious night would bring.
Mercy Raintree is the most powerful empath of her clan. As guardian of the Sanctuary, it is she who protects the Raintree's sacred home. But Mercy also has her own secret to protect - that of her daughter Eve's real father. To reveal the truth means revealing the unforgivable treachery that she has committed against her people, the most ultimate of all betrayal.
Now as the summer solstice looms, the time has come for the final battle between the two clans. Judah has ordered his people to annihilate the entire Raintree clan with Mercy as his own kill. But as he sets out on a warpath to avenge their loss, Eve Raintree is one complication he has not anticipated, especially not the powers that the six-year-old girl possesses. Judah knows that Eve is the key to winning the war, but can he ignore the unexpected feelings that he feels for both mother and daughter? And can he prevent his evil half-brother from finding out about Eve?
I wasn't certain how Beverley Barton would conclude the saga and therefore I was delighted with how the story turned out. Barton effectively built up the final battle, setting the pace fluidly from start to finish. The tension rises as you get to the middle of the book and I was surprised and excited at the battle scenes. Magic galore! It was great to see the three Raintree siblings reunited and engaged in full blown battle. The other secondary characters also provided much entertainment. However, the highlight is definitely the precocious Eve. There was never a dull moment in each scene she was featured in. I didn't really much care for the romance between Judah and Mercy, not because it wasn't interesting, but more because I really wanted to get to the finale when the two clans clash. This was a fast-paced read and a good conclusion to the trilogy.