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Warrior's Lady
Warrior's Lady by Gerri Russell
  by Gerri Russell

For the medieval lover who cherishes both history
and the mythical, magical medieval world

After seeing his brother James killed by a blade with clan markings, Camden Lockhart swears revenge on the entire Ruthven clan. In a moment of impulsiveness, Camden hires a man to do just that! Rhiannon Ruthven escapes the brutality of her brothers by escaping to an abbey but Mother Agnes has another plan for her. In a desperate attempt to capture the celebrated Charm Stone to increase his power, the Archbishop had accused Violet's mother of witchcraft. Without James or Camden to intervene, Clara handed over Violet and the celebrated Charm Stone to Mother Agnes. Now in an effort to protect the Charm Stone and keep Violet safe, Mother Agnes charges Rhiannon with the duty as Violet's protector on a perilous journey to the Ruthven castle. Having vowed vengeance on all Ruthvens, Camden is shocked to discover a female Ruthven right at his doorstep. Honor demands that he protect her but little does he realize all the forces at play who wish to destroy her. As Camden discovers Rhiannon's skill, determination and heart all focused on protecting Violet, to the point of risking her life for others, Rhiannon's spirit transforms the heart of this a warrior, a man almost destroyed by his lust for vengeance. Can he protect her from the killer he hired and those wishing to possess the healing powers of the Charm Stone? Can the Charm Stone unite the Ruthvens and the Lockharts with love?

In WARRIOR'S LADY, the third in her Scottish Stones of Destiny series, Gerri Russell creates a passionate medieval tale of love, danger, and legend all together with a twist of paranormal power. Rhiannon is a wounded soul, a woman who feels herself alone and unwanted and yet her heart is all goodness. Her love for Violet and indeed for Camden fills her with an inner strength, rather allowing it to surface even in the most dangerous moments. She will do everything within her power to protect Violet and teach her how to stand up and protect herself. Camden is a warrior, a man ruled by intense emotion and yet when everyone else in his castle resents Rhiannon, Camden's fairness and integrity shine forth. Gerri Russell creates a stunning portrait of her villains that fills this romance with exciting, suspenseful drama as the archbishop and his mother scheme and plot. In an unexpected way, even their story moved this reader. I found myself craving justice for all their misdeeds and yet, Gerri Russell created in them a multi-dimensional portrait from which I easily understood their motivations. Gerri Russell has a gift for peering into the hearts of all her characters and placing them within adventures that keep readers locked into captivating drama.

Gerri Russell, winner of the American Title contest, finishes this wonderful series with a masterstroke. A new fresh, powerful voice within the genre, Gerri Russell is an author for the medieval lover who cherishes both history and the mythical, magical medieval world. With a paranormal aspect taken from medieval history, the legendary Lee Penny, WARRIOR'S LADY takes the reader right into the medieval period with its legends and conflicts and above all with a hero and heroine whose hearts heal one another with a power just as great as the Charm Stone itself. Combining action, dynamic conflicts and depth of emotion, WARRIOR'S LADY is an impelling tale of medieval love and freedom. WARRIOR'S LADY grabs from the initial prologue and doesn't let go until the last page. This reader would relish the expansion of the this captivating series beyond a trilogy!

Publisher: Leisure Historical Romance (September 2008)

Scottish Stones of Destiny Series

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Warrior's Lady

Reviewed by Merrimon, Medieval Book Reviews
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