Ms. R. Garland Gray
- an author of books less ordinary.
"If you like high fantasy a la Patricia McKillip, you will thoroughly enjoy this Celtic tale. The second in Gray’s Faery Faith series, this story immerses readers in an ancient Irish world of druids, goddesses, fey guardians and magical swords. The story is instantly enthralling, as you're swept into the search for the sword and the forbidden feelings between a mortal and a fey. Though this is the second of three stories to be set in this realm, it stands alone just fine and defines the term page-turner..." ~ Romantic Times BOOKclub magazine
Books in the Faery Faith Series:
Born with a weak heart and an odd birthmark on her stomach, Lana is a frail farm girl of twenty summers. Never could she have imagined being magically fated to become a fey host for the sword spirit, Valor — and now the magical sword is missing, stolen from the vaults of Tara, the faery home. The disturbing wonders altering Lana's life have only just begun.
Entering Lana’s life is Keegan, a fearless fey guardian of the waters who must find the magical sword for his king before time runs out. Believing only the physically strong deserve life, Keegan never expects to meet his match in the small, spirited beauty he needs to guide him to the sword.
Across dangerous passage tombs beset with enemies to the shadowy worlds below, through battles of the spirit and body, they find that destiny has a price — for even a forbidden and fevered love must be set aside when all the land lay in peril.
And as an invading army sweeps Eire’s shores, a sickly girl must find the strength to face her mysterious fate and claim a guardian’s heart — a passion that once unleashed, could lead them both into a terrible darkness or the light of a forever love.
Drumanagh, Eire - Spring
He stood at the edge of the high ranging meadows where the horses of the tribe grazed. Darkly lashed eyelids closed in exquisite pleasure. Slowly, his head tilted back; long brown hair flowing down his bare back in dampening glints of red and gold. It had begun to rain, a gathering of gray clouds muting the light of the late afternoon. He sighed deeply, tasting the sweet air of Meitheamh, June, in his lungs and savoring the touch of cool raindrops upon his naked and responsive flesh.
He was fey born, a purebred creature of sensations and selfishness. A legendary guardian of the waters, he was crafted of cruelty and enchantment, a being to be feared, a being whose true form must remain secret. He knew he should not be here and thought of the olden ways with a sharp surge of resentment. There was no sense in being bored, he thought rebelliously.
Wearing his mortal appearance, he lived among the tribe of the Tuatha Dé Danann now. A fierce, loyal, and constant warrior — he slowly grinned — answering to the given name of Keegan. The name meant highly spirited. An admirable name, he chuckled darkly. If only they knew…
Lana, a farm girl of unimpressive worth, at least that is how she thought of herself, stumbled back behind the ancient oaks and nearly dropped the druidess’s basket of herbs. She had been making her customary visit to see Lightning, the aged sorrel stallion, when fat raindrops plopped and splashed upon the land. Dashing into the tall oaks for cover, a shortcut back to the village, she had never thought to see him.
4-1/2 Stars! Fantastic, Keeper. "If you like high fantasy a la Patricia McKillip, you will thoroughly enjoy this Celtic tale. The second in Gray’s Faery Faith series, this story immerses readers in an ancient Irish world of druids, goddesses, fey guardians and magical swords. The story is instantly enthralling, as you're swept into the search for the sword and the forbidden feelings between a mortal and a fey. Though this is the second of three stories to be set in this realm, it stands alone just fine and defines the term page-turner..." ~ Romantic Times BOOKclub magazine
4-1/2 Stars! "... This was a rich and well put together fantasy tale, full of magical creatures good and bad. The story was woven in such a way, you felt yourself walk the paths of faerie with your hero and heroine... This is a must read for all of those who wish to be transported to the magical and sometimes all too fierce and bloody land of the fey." ~ Affaire de Coeur magazine, "Bringing you 25-years of honest reviews"
"...This passionate romance is filled with explicitly detailed descriptions that make for easily visualization ... This story demonstrates how love awakens and grows between two people and how much some are willing to pay for the freedom to love as their heart desires. Fey Born by R. Garland Gray is a magical love story that I recommend to readers that enjoy adult fantasy. " ~ Anita, The Romance Studio, www.theromancestudio.com
5 Stars for both Predestined and Fey Born! "I wanted to drop you a line and tell you how much my sister and I have enjoyed your first two books in your Faery Faith Series. We are Patiently waiting for the next book in the series!!!!" ~ Tammie King, Night Owl Romance, www.nightowlromance.com
"Impossible romances, especially those with an inherent sacrifice involved, hold an undeniable appeal, even though they bring tears to your eyes. Lana and Keegan's story is such a tale. If you enjoyed Predestined, this one is even better." ~ Amanda Killgore, Eternal Night, Eternal Night
"... Fey Born is a fantastically written, solid romantic fantasy that readers of all interests will enjoy for the sweet love story or for the epic quest...." ~ Fantasy Romance Reviews, Fantasy Romance Writers
4 Blue Ribbons. "... A must read for any faerie fanatic!... Ms. Gray has written a unique style to the faerie theme. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read about faeries." ~ Romance Junkies, ww.romancejunkies.com
4 Hearts. "...This is one of the better fantasies coming forth from this interesting publishing house. Look out Tor and Baen, Medallion Press is here to compete and win." ~ Heartland Reviews, http://www.heartlandreviews.com/SciFi.html
"...Romantic fantasy readers will enjoy this magical and enchanted tale of two-star crossed lovers who must fight against overwhelming odds to achieve their goal. Lana who always thought she was weak learns she has the strength to hold her own with her fairy man and love him with all her heart. R. Garland Gray has the magic touch when it comes to writing fantasy." ~ Harriet Klausner, http://alternative-worlds.com
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