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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Book Review: A Warlock's Dance by Marina Myles

A Warlock's Dance (The Cursed Princes #3)
By: Marina Myles
18,000 Words
Kindle Edition
Published by eKensington (first published May 1st 2014)
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Giselle Swenov is a radiant opera star whose beauty is second only to her voice. That is, until a jealous enchantress strips away her talent and looks, transforms her into a mute and haggard old woman, and forces her to leave the man of her dreams at the altar on their wedding day. Now there’s only one person able to reverse the spell: Giselle’s warlock ex-fiancé, Lucian Ivanu.

But three years have passed, and the ever-dashing Lucian seems to have moved on―he’s inherited a vast fortune, forsaken his scandalous powers, and is even set to marry again. Will he recognize his former flame when she shows up at his engagement party and begs for help? Can she recover the powerful magic ring needed to break the curse before it’s too late? Giselle’s plight has a darker twist as she discovers just how far the enchantress’s grasp reaches…

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“Dynamic and sensual, paranormal readers will gobble up this sexy read.” —Donna Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Midnight’s Warrior

“Beauty and the Wolf is a deliciously dark retelling of the classic tale that will make you fall in love all over again.” —Erin Quinn, author of The Five Deaths of Roxanne Love

I’m such a fan of rewritten fairytales but they’re such a risk. Taking some or a lot of aspects of well known stories and weaving new, adult versions can work for or against an author.

For author Marina Myles, it worked. At least for me it did and now I want more.

From the dramatic opening scene to the simple “Happy for Now” ending, this novella gave me a taste of the author’s writing style.

Based on the Swan Lake ballet, A Warlock’s Dance had a little of everything, drama, romance, suspense and mystery wrapped up in a fast paced story. The heroine Giselle is definitely in trouble but she never came across as helpless or useless arm candy to make the hero look good. Giselle is intelligent and determined not to allow anyone to keep her away from Lucian.

Lucian Ivanu starts off as a mysterious figure and he pretty much stays that way throughout the story. He’s dark, dangerous and carries an air of unpredictability. He’s a good match for the more mild tempered Giselle.

Keeping in mind that this is a short story, there isn’t too much time for character development and it does show, but I doubt that Lucian and Giselle’s story had enough material to become a full length novel. Still, that didn’t take away from my overall enjoyment of the story.

A Warlock’s Dance is part of a series but reading the previous books isn’t necessary to enjoy this story.

4 Sheep

Adria Reyes
Reviewer/Owner of Adria's Romance Reviews

About the Author:
Although Marina Myles lives under the sunny skies of Arizona, she would reside in a historic manor house in foggy England if she had her way. Her love of books began as soon as she read her first fairy tale, and grew by leaps and bounds when she discovered Nancy Drew/Agatha Christie mysteries and rich, historical romances.

Dreaming of becoming a published author, she wrote her first 'gothic' story at age eleven. She went on to studycreative writing at Southern Methodist University- where she received degrees in Communications and English Literature. During her time in Dallas, she had the unique experience of being a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader.

Now with her loyal Maltese close by, she relishes the hours she gets to escape into worlds filled with tortured heroes, strong heroines, and their fiery-but not easily attained-love affairs. She's busy being a wife (to her Italian-born husband) and a mother (to her two beautiful daughters), but she is never too busy to hear from her amazing readers.


  1. This looks really good. I would have loved a link to click over and get it :) I'm off to search Amazon.

    1. awww, crap! I forgot to add one thanks for letting me know :)

  2. Nice review Adria, thank you. I really like the cover as well. Adding this to my maybe list :)