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Under a Wild Sky Mass Market Paperback – 1 Feb 2004

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Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Signet Book (Feb. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 045121028X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451210289
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 2.9 x 17.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,831,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Their love is as tumultuous as the wind-whipped sky . . . and as tender as the sun's caress. She is Kalial, golden princess of a legendary forest. Living among the trees, her female form disguised in male garb, a jaguar at her side, she has the power to speak with wild animals . . . and halt all intruders in her forbidden land.

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The book is set at an indeterminate time in Scotland's past, and centred on the love story of Kalail and Ronin, a princess living in the forest who can talk to animals, and a young laird whose family has recently been murdered. They meet as he runs from the murderers of his family and takes refuge in her forest, where his pursuers fear to follow. Thinking her a boy, Ronin takes Kalail captive in return for safe passage through the forest, beginning a convoluted tale of adventure as they try to win back their respective lots in life.
Though the story had promise, I found myself continually annoyed by two factors. The first is the sheer inaccuracy of almost every detail of the Scottish landscape. Even when suspending disbelief over talking with animals in a fantasy-romance, it is impossible to ignore some of the slip-ups in this story. Ms. Lord, I can assure you that the waters off the coast of the North-western Scotland are NOT pleasantly warm, having swam in them. There is no such thing as a Scottish jaguar (amusingly referred to as a McCat of all things), perhaps you are thinking of another type of wildcat which does actually exist in Scotland. As I assume America has not been discovered at the time the novel is set, hearing someone refer to a moose is a tad unbelievable (we DO have several species of deer to pick from). At several points, the laws of physics are also thrown into doubt, a curious incident with seaweed and a man swimming through an avalanche to name only two examples. The cover names the author 'a powerful historical voice', and as the story is deliberately set in Scotland and not some fantasy land, the flaws in the basic knowledge of the author are glaringly obvious.
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I was given this book and it has been on my self for ages before i finally read the blurb on the back didnt sound that intersting, anyway to cut a long story short i finally did get around to reading it....what can i say? i didnt move for a good 5 hours until i finished the whole book. The plot was original, the characters riviting, the sex scense VERY steamy - just what i want on a lazy sunday afternoon. I've since been hunting high and low for the rest of the Wild Series...fingers crossed they will all be as good as the first.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A sensual forest tale 17 Aug. 2004
By Lea Ling Tsang - Published on
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Ronin McTaver's whole family has been killed by Lothian the Serpent who wants to get his hands on a tapestry which will lead him to the Scottish Gold. Ronin manages to escape into the mysterious Loch Nidean Forest which is guarded by its forest inhabitants. There he does battle with the forest people and captures Kal, a dirty young lad, as a hostage until he reaches the saftey of the edge of the forest. Little does he know that Kal is in fact Kalial, the forest princess who is sworn to protect her forest. Confused, Ronin, finds himself attracted to the young "lad".

Ronin takes Kalial to his cousin's to find back up to attack Lothian and reclaim his lands. However, he finds out that his cousin Percy is not the man he used to know. Together Ronin and Kalial help train an army of young men to do battle with the Serpent. Along the way they find themselves falling for each other.

I found the first half of the book very promising but lost interest in the plot half way through. I found neither Ronin nor Kalial very endearing and couldn't really care for these two characters. However, the sex scenes were very graphic and very hot, although sometimes out of context of the story. I found myself speed reading just to read the sex scenes. There's even a scene where Ronin and Kalial's horses have sex. Enough said! If you love animals and magical forests I recommend Jill Barnett's "Wild" instead of this book which is much better written and more romantic.

Lea Ling Tsang
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful Scottish historical romance 3 Feb. 2004
By A Customer - Published on
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At Castle Roseneath, Ronin McTaver survives the murders of his family though he feels haunted by the cries of his one sister who did not have time to receive the poison from their desperate mother to stop their betrayer Lothian from raping and torturing them. An earthquake saved his sister with death and Ronin escapes without revealing the secrets of the tapestry of the Second Hunt that is a roadmap to the Scottish Gold.
Ronin flees to the "safety: of the evil Loch Nidean Forest. Inside the forbidden forest, Ronin faces a new foe, but captures the boy leader of his attackers. Using his prisoner as a hostage he forces the forest fighters to cede him safety to the ocean. Ronin is stunned that he is attracted to a male especially an underage lad. He is unaware that his prisoner is a she. As an inferno threatens the forest, thinking that Lothian's mercenaries caused it and how he failed his siblings, Ronin vows to keep the lad safe even from his own unwanted desire, but what will happen when he learns that Kal is a female who wants him too?
UNDER A WILD SKY is a tremendous Scottish historical romance that fans will appreciate and place immense pressure on debut author Sasha Lord to match the intensity of this descriptive novel. Ronin is a wonderful protagonist struggling with guilt for living and with his growing attraction towards his too young "male" prisoner. Kal seems mystical as she lives in a forest feared by outsiders with her only true friend being a Scottish wild McCat. This is a winner for sub-genre readers.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Got me back into reading historical romances, again! 18 Aug. 2004
By L. Magee - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
What can I say? I loved...this book!! I had grown quite bored with reading historical romance novels for a couple of years, because they all seemed so similar in plotting, and just couldn't hold my interest! I don't know how I discovered this author, but I'm glad that I did! The characters had their own unique personalities,it wasn't difficult at all to become swept into the story. However, the first few pages were VERY difficult for me as it goes into details of what had happened to Ronin's family, and how they were murdered. Beyond that, the story really moved along and I couldn't put it down. Now, I am anxiously waiting for the sequel that Amazon has already shipped. Yes, the sex scenes were pretty explicit, but this just builds to their growing attraction to each other. Maybe some people don't have that kind of strong, fierce, once in a lifetime love for that one special person in their life? If you desire a well written historical romance that has EVERYTHING to offer, including the "sex", than by all means you must read this book! Enjoy!
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious!! Beautiful!! Powefully Sensual!! 20 Jun. 2004
By Roo - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I had never really thought to write a review, until now!! I just have to let people know that they SHOULDN'T pass over this book!! I always hope to find a romance book that has a great story, passionate love scenes, a twist of the magical or fantasy, powerful leading characters!! This book gave me everything I look for. A glorious and strong hero and a magical heroine. The passion between them is mind blowing!! If you don't like sex scenes being too explicit..this is not for you!! It is HOT!!! I can't stand those books where, in the love scenes they start to kiss and's the next morning. I'm greedy....I like the full shebang!! (Wink!!) This book DEFINITELY has it. The mystical qualities of our heroine are beautiful; our die for!! (As usual) And the story itself truly is a great one. I'd love to tell you more but I just don't wish to give anything away!! Please.....take my word for it (and those of the other reviewers)....READ THIS'll honestly LOVE it!! Just beware......keep a fan handy for those VERY STEAMY love scenes!! And they truly are LOVE scenes!!
I'm going to check out more 'Sasha Lord' books!! I just hope Ms Lord isn't like some authors who manage a brilliant first book with all you require for a marvellous read....then the following books become so different.....less love scenes......stories become bland etc. PLEASE Sasha Lord.....keep the imagination you have now and embroider on it!! Please don't take away from it!! Bravo for a truly stunning book!! And THANK YOU for giving us romance readers a true gem of a book!!
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars promising tale, undermining with flaws 23 Feb. 2004
By Deborah MacGillivray - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Being Scottish, I am drawn to tales set in the country and, especially in the medieval period. This book shows some promise, the fantasy elements of magical tale are very imaginative, the storyline well through out. However, it was jarring to have this very near "faerytale story" slip into graphic sexual encounters between Ronin and Kalial. It put me in mind of two different writers penning this, so "different" the two parts of the books were, and how they undermined the other. This tends to take the reader of "out the flow" of the prose, as if Snow White wanders into Ellora's Cave. This book will please some; others will likely be very upset by this dual nature of the tale and the bit too graphic sex. One needs to recall in writing "Romance" to leave the romance in.
Ronin is the only survivor of an attack on his family by evil Serpent, and flees into the forest with a tapestry that is a key to a legendary treasure. Kalial is the princess of the forest, so when she and her men see Ronin enter their realm they attack him. However, it is Ronin who ends up taking Kalial hostage. They soon feel attraction, despite Robin thinking Kalial is a boy. The Serpent pursues them through a serious of adventures and misadventures, even and ocean voyage.
Since this is a debut novel for the author, I see great potential in her skill, and the strong faerytale quality of her writing. Just hope she learns to tone down the portions of this book that works against it, and learn that sex is NOT romance.
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