||Amber Quill Press
||Jan 1 2002
Windhealer: Book Four of the WindLegends Saga
The Coming of the Raven:
"Conar McGregor is truly no more," Chase whispered. "This man is the Raven. He has been marked with the sign of the Dark Wind!" He pointed to twin black intersecting arcs on the back of Conar's sword hand. The mark looked like a child's drawing of a bird in flight.
Conar McGregor: A man forgotten, an identity erased. Broken beyond the limits of mortal endurance, he rises again from the ashes, a dark demi-god, devoid of feeling and barren of heart. Marked with the power of the Great One since his conception and betrothed to The Great Lady, will he ever again find love?
The Webspinner: a seductress beyond compare. Her powers enhanced by sorcery, her treachery threatens to break the tenuous hold on sanity that Conar McGregor has finally achieved after years of hell.
The WindForce: A group of twenty-two hand-picked men dedicated to seeing The Raven overcome the evil enscorcling the land. The loyalty of these men has given rise to The Dark Lord, but even they are not aware of the curse the Black Ascendancy will bring to the realms.
The men edged back instinctively as the young man sat up. They watched as he looked down into the palms of his hands and stared.
The pentagon was no longer there, but two red, scorched lines diagonally bisected the cuts caused by the sword so that a cruciform now scarred his palms. The Seals of the Domination that had negated his powers were gone. In their place was a Seal far more powerful. The X-shaped brand of the Black Ascendancy, Itself.
Conar looked up into Occultus' stunned face and smiled, but there was no warmth in that smile, no emotion on his finely chiseled lips. He held his hands up for the sorcerer to view.
"I have what I asked for, Teacher," he said in a deadly voice.
Brelan shuddered. The smile his brother had bestowed on Occultus had frightened that man, had frightened all of them. It wasn't a human smile; it was a predatory leer. It was a smile as full of evil intent and revenge as any smile Brelan Saur had even seen emblazoned on the face of Kaileel Tohre!
Conar turned his right hand over and stared at the black mark on his flesh.
His smile slipped slowly away.
"It is the Brand of the Dark Wind," Jah-Ma-El whispered.
Prince Conar McGregor pushed himself up from the floor and looked around him. He met each gaze for a moment, silently passing his regard from one man to the next until he met Brelan Saur's worried look. He held up his hand so Brelan could see the mark.
"See what betrayal does to a man, Saur?" he asked. The deadly smile returned. "It changes him."
This story is another stunning installment of the Windlegends Saga. As each book in the series is released the tension builds. The intensity of Charlotte Boyett-Compo's writing is beyond compare. I have a very hard time finding words strong enough to describe just how superlative her writing is. I've never seen an author describe human evil with such depth and with such reality.
I personally loved this book. I was pulled in from the beginning to end. I found tears coming to my eyes in some of the scenes they were so vivid. I can hardly wait to read the next installment to the series.
Know Better Reviews
Here's how you write a totally riveting novel series. Create the most lovable character you can think of. Make him a prince with the handsome name of Conar McGregor, who is loved and respected by his people in a peaceful and proud kingdom called Serenia. Give him some flaws like arrogance and stubbornness, flaws which are nevertheless endearing in him because of his innate goodness. Surround him by brothers and an elite guard who protect and cherish him. Allow him to fall deeply in love with the strong and beautiful Anya Elizabeth Wynth, who is the equivalent of life itself to him, and he to her. Then snatch his woman, his reason for living, away from him. For added measure, make her betray him in the worst possible way. Have him also suffer from knowing that his kingdom has been taken over by the most evil of forces and that many of his loved ones have been slain in the process. Frame him for a crime and send him to a hellish prison called the Labyrinth on Tyber's Isle where he is brutally tortured, both mentally and physically. Have his torturers do things like make him endure his most terrifying childhood phobias, and things a thousand times worse! After years of such anguish, somehow rescue him from that which would have killed most people in a day. And now when he is finally free, plague his sleep each night with scream-inducing nightmares which replay, in living color, all the agonies he's already been forced to endure. Don't forget to write with a compelling style and build the suspense so the reader must perch on the edge of her seat, wondering if Conar will finally succumb to the wicked schemes of the Tohre. Write it so the reader will quickly turn the pages to see if all of the suffering Conar's had to endure will make him a changed man, to see if it will break him for good, because all he has loved has been taken from him, and he just can't take it anymore!!
I gotta tell you, this Windlegend series is the most emotionally draining thing I've ever read in my life! If you haven't read books I, II, or III, I'd suggest you start at the beginning before reading book IV--if you want the full impact of what I'm talking about, not that book IV won't spellbind you on its own.
Just remember: Charlotte Boyett-Compo, Windlegend Series, Books I-IV. So far.
Parchment Symbols Reviews
The Windhealer is filled with the powerful emotion and vivid description expected of a Charlotte Boyett-Compo book. Like its predecessors, The Windhealer grabs you from the beginning and never lets go until the last page. This novel leaves you anxious for the next as we see Conar MacGregor, a man whose weaknesses make him a well-loved character, become hard, vicious, and a force to be reckoned with. The charming boy-prince of The Windlegends Saga is dead, and readers must welcome Raven, fearsome warrior of The Dark Wind.
This book has elements of romance, but it is more a fantasy adventure that follows the growing relationship between a band of warriors preparing to fight for the forces of good. For fans of Boyett-Compo and anyone who likes great characters combined with an adventurous plot, this book is not to be missed.
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