Culdan is negotiating a treaty in Velt
when madness and violence force him into claiming his lover
Meretta by force. Although they have been secretly trysting
for months, conquest is the only way in which the Magden
Warlord, Murvan, will accept their mating. The Warlordís
men are fast in pursuit; Culdanís time is limited as he
works on planting his heir inside his woman. Although the
entire enterprise is distasteful to him as a Lengar, the
threat of war and retaliation reduce their choices to the
capture and imprisonment of the woman he adores.
Itís always a pleasure to read the
historical tales of Kegin. Some of the laws and traditions
during the times of the warlords were brutal; especially,
the Magden law of conquest where a potential bride could be
seized and ravished against her will until she conceived.
All properties could then be claimed by the conqueror.
Culdan turns the tables on Murvan by using this barbaric
custom to win Meretta without full blown bloodshed between
the Lengar and Magden. Love and cunning rule the day, but
itís not without a load of risk involved. More
introspection into Keen male loyalty, devotion and
possessiveness is displayed, along with the more intimate
details of Lengar marital rites. Culdan is honorable,
hot-blooded and tender when it comes down Meretta. Yet, you
get a full frontal view of just how vicious and unyielding a
Warlord can be over his claimed mate if anyone threatens her
in anyone way through word, thought or deed.
Conquest is an intense,
steamy and tantalizing drama that explores the complexity of
Keen relationships in those earlier, turbulent times. Bring
your cold drink and turn up the fan for this one.