Court of the Hawk by Debbie Peterson

Court of the Hawk by Debbie Peterson
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (399 pgs)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Poinsettia

When a single moment challenges your perception of truth…

Epigraphist Dr. Essie DeSpencer travels to an ancient Welsh castle in order to decipher an Ogham inscription discovered by the handsome and enigmatic, Garreth ap Daffyd. But the journey is not what she expects. She doesn’t plan to fall for the Lord of the castle, or to find herself deeply entrenched in legends, myths, and magic. Real legends, and real magic, that have devastating consequences.

Garreth didn’t plan for Essie to stay any longer than it took her to decipher the pictograph. Instead, he finds himself falling in love for the first time in his very long life. Now the Lord of Llys y Gwalch must find a way to attain the heart of his soul mate and keep her safe from the dangers that threaten them both.

Can Garreth and Essie save the land without losing each other?

I really enjoyed all the myth and magic surrounding Garreth and his land. I must say I was very surprised that Essie was able to figure out Garreth’s secret so quickly. However, she is a very intelligent woman, so it makes sense that Garreth wouldn’t be able to fool her for long. In fact, I found his honesty about not only his situation, but the cycles of disaster plaguing his realm quite refreshing. Since Essie didn’t have to worry about any deception from Garreth, she was able to really focus on deciphering the inscription and dig deep into the legends of the land.

Garreth’s honesty also made it possible for he and Essie to work very closely together. The more time they spent together, the stronger their bond became. Their chemistry is like a slow burn always just under the surface. I also enjoyed their teasing banter. The game over figuring out Essie’s true name was always a source of amusement. Some of the possibilities Garreth and his friends came up with had me laughing out loud. Another reason Essie and Garreth are such a good couple is Garreth ability to balance Essie. She has a tendency to obsess about her work to the point of not eating or resting enough. Garreth is also very serious about their work, but he also knows the value of taking time to relax and coming back to a task refreshed and renewed. However, both Garreth and Essie have rather disturbing dreams that seem to suggest they might lose each other while trying to prevent the next disaster. Will they lose the love they’ve only just discovered?

I would have liked to know a bit more about the villain of this tale. As Essie and Garreth work to solve the mystery, there is someone in the shadows with their own reasons for wanting the inscription deciphered. However once this character was unmasked, the reasons given for their actions were remarkably simple I found this surprising as this person would have had to conceal their nefarious intentions for hundreds of years. For someone to be so deceitful for so long, I would have expected more complex motives.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Court of the Hawk. Ms. Peterson has created a beautiful world, and Essie and Garreth are a wonderful couple. Fans of fantasy romance won’t want to miss this enchanting tale.

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