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Iris Johansen is the New York Times bestselling author of many novels, including Killer Dreams, On the Run, Countdown, Firestorm, Fatal Tide, Dead Aim, and No One to Trust. She lives near Atlanta, Georgia.
Set largely in 12th-century Europe, this intricately plotted historical romance from bestseller Johansen, the sequel to Lion's Bride (1996), is replete with majestic castles, ruthless assassins and gentlemen rogues. Two star-crossed lovers become unwilling participants in a deadly struggle for control of an artifact that could contain the very secrets to immortality itself. Ex-assassin Kadar Ben Arnaud wants nothing more than to live a quiet life in Scotland with the love of his life, former slave Selene Ware. But when Arnaud is summoned by his old master to collect on a promise he made years earlier, he's honor-bound to leave the safety of his home and embark on a perilous journey to steal a priceless treasure from a stronghold in Tuscany. When Ware is kidnapped, Arnaud finds himself forced to embrace the darkness of his past in order to save her. The smoldering relationship between Arnaud and Ware will keep romance fans turning the pages. (Dec.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
"Johansen knows exactly what her devoted readers want and gives it to them." --Publishers Weekly "Trust crowd-pleaser Johansen." --Kirkus Reviews From the Hardcover edition.
Summoned back to Syria from Scotland, presumably by Sinan, the ruler of the assassins who had saved the lives of his Scottish friends several years earlier, former assassin Kadar Ben Arnaud is furious when the messenger kidnaps Lady Selene Ware (a former child harem slave and Kadar's love) in order to assure his compliance. But Sinan is dead, and it is the evil demon Nasim who has called him back to retrieve a priceless treasure, sending Kadar and Selene on a perilous quest that could tear them apart forever. Paranormal threads wind through this sensual, exotic medieval adventure that continues the colorful story begun in Lion's Bride (1996; rereleased in September). Though each novel stands on its own, they are best read in chronological order. Johansen (Silent Thunder, with Roy Johansen) is most recently noted for her gripping, suspenseful thrillers. Her return to historicals will please her patient fans. She lives near Atlanta. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.