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Not just for the girls
on 7 February 2007
Finding that a book is listed as 'Paranormal Romance' and has a half naked man on the cover (or should that be half a naked man?) could be off putting for some men, the idea of Tolkien writing for Mills and Boon comes to mind with all the revulsion that that brings. Please, do not let it put you off of this book, this is the start of what promises to be a darn fine fantasy series.
The story revolves around eight brothers, all powerful mages who, fitting an ancient prophecy of doom and gloom have been exiled to a lonely existence on Nightfall Isle from which women are forbidden on pain of death. For if Saber, the oldest of the brothers, falls in love disaster will follow...
No prizes for guessing that a woman is magically transported from another world into the brother's midst to set the prophecy in motion.
The book has a strong cast of main characters and some interesting ideas on the use of magic. Throw in some very original creatures and Ms Johnson's careful story weaving and we get a vision of how the brother's lives in exile are turned around by the clash of cultures - magical and non-magical and the greater divide of male and female. When the inevitable happens the disaster that follows is not what you would expect were this an average fantasy - but you'll get no spoilers from me.
This book is set to be the first in an octology, each book detailing one of the brothers fulfillment of their verse in the prophecy. I know many people will want to get book two to see how the teaser at the end of this first book develops, but personally I want to see how other events are resolved which will probably be in book three.
If you still don't think you can justify buying a 'romance' story then get a copy for your wife or girlfriend and read it when she's not looking. I'm not ashamed to say that I read my wife's copy, but there might be a fight as to who gets future instalments first.