Warner, Jan 2005, 6.00, 400 pp.
In 1421 Scotland, Laird Alexander Lammergeier was not ready to take over Kinfairlie, but his parents recently died tragically. Adding to his woes is that he feels he must find spouses for his sisters, but has no money to fund them, let alone feed them. The oldest human female, Madeline, refuses to wed anyone since her betrothed died during the assault on Rougement.
Heeding the advice of his Aunt Rosamunde to auction the “jewel of Kinfairie”, Alexander holds a bidding war amongst acceptable suitors. A stunned Madeline learns she is the jewel and even more shocking regally declared traitor Rhys FitzHenry wins the bidding leaving an angry spoiled Reginald Neville seeking mischief. Meanwhile Madeline's sister Elizabeth insists she sees a fairy on her sibling's shoulder, only Rhys takes her seriously. Unbeknownst to all except perhaps Elizabeth, an angry fairy seeks revenge against Rosamunde and kin for selling off treasures at the auction. As an outraged Madeline thinks of fleeing, Rhys begins to win her over.
The story line can seem a bit complicated with eight siblings amongst other players to delineate between.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner