- 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)
Under a Wild Sky Mass Market Paperback – 1 Feb 2004
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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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
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.
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!!
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.