The three Satyr brothers, Nicholas, Raine
and Lyon, are heirs to a successful winery in Tuscany. The
three brothers are not what they appear to be, however. They
are half-human, half-Satyrs, born from the ElseWorld and
living in the EarthWorld.
One day they receive a letter from King
Feydon telling them he is dying. The kings informs them he
sired three daughters who are half-faerie, and the brothers
must find and marry them, to protect them. Reluctant at first,
the brothers decide that they must do their duty.
Nicholas found his Jane, and now Raine is
in search of his bride. He goes to Venice to look for her, and
is planning to attend a lecture on the dreaded phylloxera,
which destroys vineyards. On his way to the lecture, though,
he inadvertently stumbles into a lecture hall where a
different kind of talk is taking place, a scientific study of
La Maschera, a hermaphrodite.
Jordan Cietta was born into a wealthy
family. She was also born a hermaphrodite. In order to inherit
the family fortune, Jordanís mother, Signora Celia Cietta, and
her physician, Signore Salerno Signora strike a deal. In
exchange for him proclaiming Jordan a male, and keeping
silent, he will be allowed to display her to the medical
community once a year, on her birthday. She wears a mask,
however, to protect her identity.
When Raine sees Jordan, heís intrigued.
When he meets her later in the streets of Venice, and takes
her to his lodgings, he realizes she is the one he is
searching for. But things arenít easy for the two. Jordan, who
longs to live life as a woman, wonít allow herself to be
controlled by anyone. Raine, who had a disastrous first
marriage, knows he must protect Jordan, but refuses to love
He takes her to his home in Tuscany,
where they fall under each otherís spell. But other forces are
at work, and Raine must fight to keep Jordan safe, and to keep
her in his arms.
Provocative and beautifully crafted,
Raine is a fantastical trip that is part fantasy, part
historical. Ms. Amber takes her readers on a trip back to the
land of Satyr, where things are not always as they seem, and
everything has more than a touch of magic.
I loved revisiting this world, and once
again fell in love with the characters, both old and new. Both
Raine and Jordan must fight against prior experiences, which
have left bad tastes in their mouths, to find their destinies.
The fact that both these characters are strong-willed and must
learn from each other made this book fascinating to me.
Both Raine and Jordan are dark characters
who have learned to live with the hands life has dealt them.
Watching them learn to love each other was a true joy.
I Joyfully Recommend Raine, and eagerly await Lyonís story
in the third Lords of Satyr book.