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   Isle of Destiny, The, by Shanna Murchison  
  Novel, first publication in 2009
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      Northern Wales, Ireland, 1146

    Caradoc the Black Hawk rescues novice nun Morgaine from a murderous band of cutthroats. Caradoc tries to return the beautiful young woman safely to her convent, but her enemies have burnt it to the ground, leaving her completely at Caradoc's mercy.

    Demanding answers from the lovely but mysterious woman who sets him on fire, the scarred and battle-hardened warrior is shocked to discover his companion is none other than the legendary Morgaine of Yns Draiocht, said to be descended from both King Arthur and the great wizard Merlin.

    Caradoc believes that Morgaine is being used as nothing more than a pawn in her neighboring lord Yestin's bid for power over the magical island of Yns Draiocht, the most sacred of all druid strongholds.

    Morgaine's father Gawain is being held to ransom by Yestin's Viking allies in Dublin. Morgaine is willing to trade herself for her father, but Caradoc refuses to allow her to make the bargain. He knows they will keep Morgaine a prisoner forever, and destroy all that she as a druid is sworn to protect.

    Despite his being half-blind as a result of his deliberate maiming at the hands of rogue royal prince Cadwalader, Caradoc is determined to rescue Morgaine's father and remove Yestin's threat to the druid isle forever. As he travels to Dublin to rescue her father, and finds himself falling in love with Morgaine, he is willing to make any sacrifice to keep her safe, and stop Cadwalader from overrunning all of northern Wales.

    Morgaine is stunned at the depth of her feelings for the handsome but badly scarred Caradoc. She determines to trust him with her life and love, and teaches him how to use the power she can sense within him to control the four elements. Their torrid passion and deepening love give both the strength and confidence to do battle with the forces of darkness.

    But the mystical forces underlying Yns Draiocht are nothing if not seductive. Will Caradoc uses his new found magics for good or evil? And can this practical man of the world ever believe in magic, or that he is worthy of the love of so powerful a princess?

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  • Druids of Destiny, The (#2)

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  • Ireland
  • Kings, Queens & Princes - Emperors - Kingdoms & Empires
  • Magic - Magicians - Sorcerers - Witches - Wizards
  • Middle Ages
  • Religion - Theology - Gods & Deities - Faith - Priests & Clerics

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