Jove, Mar 2002, 5.99, 312 pp.
In 1150 North York Moors, Christian La Croix known as the Slayer for his ferocity at war, saves his newborn's life by cutting the infant out of his dying wife's body. He blames himself for Genrose's death because she was doing fine in her labor until the midwife arrived. Though he saved the child, everyone concludes that he murdered Genrose as the omen predicted nine months ago from the blood all over him, the shape of Genrose's body, and his battle reputation.
Simon needs a wet nurse so the arrival of Clarise DuBoise is most fortuitous though Christian believes she has a hidden motive. Her stepfather Ferguson, using her mother and sister as pawns, has ordered Clarise to poison the Slayer. However, upon meeting Simon and quickly realizing that Christian is a man of honor, she cannot do the dastardly deed. As they fall in love, she admits what she intended to do. Instead of tossing her out, Christian plans to defeat Ferguson and his allies without any harm coming to his beloved's family.
DANGER'S PROMISE is an engaging medieval romance that features a wonderful hero, who is misunderstood as a Slayer instead of the compassionate caring person that he is. Only Clarise sees the truth about Christian, a fabulous lead character. Insight into the twelfth century church is fascinating and vividly described by Marliss Moon, but on the other hand tends to slow down the pace of the prime tale. Still, if this novel is any promise of her works to come this is one author that will reach the medieval moon.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner