Month: March 2016

A Sorceress of His Own by Dianne Duvall

Posted March 31, 2016 by Leona Woolfolk in Books / 2 Comments

A Sorceress of His Own by Dianne DuvallA Sorceress of His Own by Dianne Duvall
three-half-stars
on June 2, 2015
Source: Purchased
Amazon | Audible

Since the day Lord Dillon earned his spurs, rumors of his savagery on the battlefield have preceded him into every room, stilling tongues and sparking fear. Weary of battle, he wishes only to find a woman he can wed who will approach him not with fear, but with the tenderness that has been absent from his life for so long. Yet only the wisewoman seems invariably at ease in his presence. Perhaps because she garners the same fear in others that he does himself.

For seven years, Alyssa has been by Lord Dillon's side, counseling him from the shadows, healing him with her hands, and staving off the worst of his loneliness while his fearsome reputation keeps others at bay. Blessed--or cursed--with gifts that label her a sorceress, she is forced to conceal her youth and the love she harbors for him beneath umbral robes that lead Dillon and his people to believe she is the same aged wisewoman who served his father.

All is revealed, however, and passions flare when an enemy threatens Dillon's life and Alyssa sacrifices everything to save him. When Dillon discovers that the wisewoman is far from elderly, he is instantly entranced. And, as he and Alyssa work together to defeat an enemy bent on destroying them both, Dillon will risk anything--even the wrath of his king--to be with her.

The decision to purchase A Sorceress of His Own was something I went back and forth on, simply because of a few critical reviews that raised some red flags. Since the book was $5.99 that also fed into my reluctance to purchase it since I usually don’t go above $3.99 for an eBook, but I figured it would be worth the investments if what 85% of the reviews I had read was anything to go by.

Based on the gut feeling I had towards A Sorceress of His Own I had high expectations. What I’m finding out, though, is that these ‘gut feelings’ are usually based off the possible potential a story could have based off the synopsis (so, authors or publisher please don’t embellish in the synopsis because it will lead to some unsatisfied readers and can seen as dishonest). The synopsis, the reviews, everything about A Sorceress of His Own lead me to believe that it would become a sure favorite of mine since I thought that there was no way I would be left dissatisfied with it. Sadly, I might’ve overhyped the story to my own self since it wasn’t quite executed as I’d hoped.

The premise was solid, but it was the execution of certain parts of A Sorceress of His Own that caused a lag for the rest of the story. A Sorceress of His Own had a great foundation, reliable and relatable characters, and the world built was masterfully done, but where things started to fall down a rocky hill for me was around the time the sorceress was revealed to be a young woman and not an old wise woman as everyone had thought. My disappointment was so great afterwards that I had to put the book away for a while. Seeing as before Alyssa’s true identity was revealed, I found myself glued to the pages in anticipation of Dillon finding out what we, as the readers, had already known by reading scenes in Alyssa’s perspective, so my confusion and disappointment stemmed from wondering how could something that should’ve amped up the story even more be the very thing to drug it down?!

Even though A Sorceress of His Own didn’t retain the same level of excitement, and expected quality all the way to the end, it was still a pleasant enough to read that I’m actually looking forward to reading the other books dealing with the Gifted Ones.

About Dianne Duvall

Dianne Duvall is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Immortal Guardians paranormal romance series. Her debut novel Darkness Dawns, Book 1, was nominated for the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Vampire Romance by RT Book Reviews and for Best Paranormal Romance – Vampire by The Romance Reviews. Night Reigns, Book 2, was declared an “utterly addictive” Top Pick by RT Book Reviews and was nominated for Best Paranormal Romance 2011 by The Romance Reviews. Phantom Shadows, Book 3, was named a Top Pick by both The Romance Reviews and Night Owl Reviews. Her Immortal Guardians novella “In Still Darkness” was released in the Predatory Anthology in May 2013. Darkness Rises, Book 4, was also nominated for the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Vampire Romance. Night Unbound, Book 5 in the series, will be released on September 2, 2014.
When she isn’t writing, Dianne loves all things creative. When her nose isn’t buried in a book, she is very active in the independent film industry and once even appeared onscreen as a machete-wielding maniac not unlike the vampires she so loves to create in her novels.