Currently Reading: The Secret Swan, By Shana Abe
I’ve heard lots of good things about Shana Abe, so I decided to buy a few of her books, including The Smoke Thief, and The Dream Thief.
I didn’t want to go for the obvious ones first, so I’m reading one of her other books, before drowning myself in Trilogy Hell.
Anyway, here’s the blurb for The Secret Swan, as found on her Website.
What happens when a man's true love has been hidden right before his eyes?
Ever have a secret crush?
Oh, come on! We all have! He was that fascinating boy in school, the popular athlete, charming, handsome, splendid—and completely unattainable. He was the one all the girls wanted: tousled hair, sparkling eyes, a smile that could melt your bones with its sheer sexual intensity. Maybe he even had a subtle edge of danger to him, a rebel at heart, every inch of him promising a wild, wild ride.
That's Tristan Geraint, Earl of Haverlocke.
And you: dreaming of him, craving him, silent and unseen, too shy to speak, far too in love to resist those sweet fantasies of him, that dangerous gleam to his eyes....
That's Amiranth St. Clare.
Amiranth has been in love with Tristan almost all her life. She was just a girl when she saw him first, struck instantly and incurably by the glamour of this boy, his beauty, his smile, his searing sensuality. Plain and demure, Amiranth never quite gathers up the nerve to speak to him. Wrapped in his own world, Tristan never even notices. But still, she dreams.
And then one day, her dreams come true.
Amiranth and Tristan wed. She is overcome, amazed. The fact that Tristan still has trouble noticing when she's in the same room doesn't bother her. She loves him with all her heart, and knows that someday, somehow, he will love her just as much.
But then Tristan disappears in combat. Amiranth's "someday" slowly fades away. By the time Tristan Geraint finds his way home again, eight years have passed, and his shy young bride has died.
Or so he's told.
In her place is a stranger, a coolly beautiful woman with a heart full of secrets. Tristan knows all about secrets; he's endured a trial not many could survive. He's a battle-weary warrior who has a few dreams of his own—all of them centered on his wife, the life he used to know.
The danger surrounding Tristan is not yet over, his trial not yet done, but he has found a reluctant ally, this woman who scorns him even as she saves his life. Now, amid treachery and betrayal, Tristan is going to have to risk all that he has, and everything he is, to discover who she is to him, and to regain what matters most: the steadfast heart of his secret swan.
Sounds good jah? Anyway, so far so good.