3 of 5 stars
I usually love Ms. Hoyt's book, but this one has left me with mixed feelings. The beginning starts out with a bang with Freya de Moray, a Wise Woman, helps a young woman and her infant son escape a ruthless brother-in-law. During the escape, they jump into a ducal carriage. The owner turns out to be none other than a childhood friend, Christopher Renshaw, the Duke of Harlowe. We learn that Freya detests Harlowe for a scandal that happened when Chris and Freya's brother Ran were 18 years old. Now 15 years later, Freya still harbors an intense hatred for him.
The premise for the book held such great promise, but it took most of the book to learn Freya's role with the Wise Women and what the scandal was about. There's still an underlying mystery to the scandal that was never solved so I suspect it will be the underlying theme in the series. Harlowe's PTSD with small spaces add more mystery and we don't learn why until 3/4 of the way in the book. I'm glad I kept reading until the end, but even then, I was disappointed that there was so little explanation for some of the overarching plot points.
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