Berkley, Jul 2003, 5.99, 304 pp.
In 1154 England, Mother Agnes informs Sister Mary that she will burn at the stakes for attempted murder, heresy, and malefaction. Stunned, she insists she is only a healer. Sir Luke Le Noir arrives with his army at Mount Grace Priory. He rescues Mary, who tells him to call her by her real name Merry.
Merry asks him to take her to Heathersgill, home of her mother, but he thinks her brother-in-law, the Slayer, is a better choice to protect her from Agnes' wrath. They reach Heathersgill where they are greeted by her mom and her new stepfather, who explain that Merry is unsafe here as Agnes has offered a reward for the return of the witch. Luke takes her to the Slayer, but first stops to complete his mission for Prince Hal to tear down non-chartered fortresses. As they continue their journey, Luke and Merry fall in love, but she has no haven and he is engaged to his liege's cousin.
Medieval romance readers will take pleasure from this exciting tale that brings to life the vulnerability of an individual with limited or no protection from the powerful in crowd. The plot engages the audience because of the likable lead couple. Though his fiancée is too evil (ask his grandfather) to take seriously, Marliss Moon has written a fine sequel to her charming DANGER'S PROMISE, whose lead couple make a return engagement.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner