Love Spell, Jul 2002, 5.99, 307 pp.
The storm raged outside Dun Farraige Keep making visibility impossible, but Muriel looking at her water mirror sees the image of a man inside a boat struggling to live. Knowing she must rescue the person in peril though he is probably a criminal exile, Muriel cloaks herself in an aura of invisibility and sneaks past the guards to save Brendan's life.
Exiles are normally turned into slaves yet somehow he persuades Muriel, the Druids, and King Murrough that he is a prince sent to die at sea for having the audacity of killing the son of Odhran who now controls Dun Bochna formerly ruled by Brendan's father. As treachery swirls everywhere amidst the mists, Brendan and Muriel fall in love, but she vows not to marry out of fear that wedlock to the wrong person will cost her the magic that she so diligently uses for the good of all.
SPIRIT OF THE MIST is an exciting magical historical romance that makes Druid Ireland seem vividly alive. Though the acceptance of Brendan as a prince seems too naive for the leaders of the Dun, he remains an exhilarating lead character who hooks the reader with his deeds and beliefs. Muriel's doubts enable the audience to see deep inside her soul so that the conflict and love between her and Brendan adds depth to the engaging plot. Fans of medieval Irish romances with a touch of enchantment will want to read Janeen O'Kerry's fine offering.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner