Title: The Curse Giver
Author: Dora Machado
Publisher: Twilight Times Books (September 16, 2013)
I have a really great Fantasy book to share with you guys today called The Curse Giver written by Dora Machado.
About the Book:
Lusielle’s bleak but orderly life as a remedy mixer is shattered when her husband betrays her and she is sentenced to die for a crime she didn’t commit. She’s on the pyre, about to be burned, when a stranger breaks through the crowd and rescues her from the flames.
Brennus, Lord of Laonia is the last of his line. He is caught in the grip of a mysterious curse that has murdered his kin, doomed his people and embittered his life. To defeat the curse, he must hunt a birthmark and kill the woman who bears it in the foulest of ways. Lusielle bears such a mark.
Stalked by intrigue and confounded by the forbidden passion flaring between them, predator and prey must come together to defeat not only the vile curse, but also the curse giver who has already conjured their ends.
I wasn't sure about this book when I first started reading it but when I got to about the fourth chapter, I changed my mind. It finally grabbed ahold of me and from that point on, I was hooked and wanted to stay up and finish reading it but of course, I kept falling asleep so it did take me 3 days to read. It's a fairly large book but it's filled with all kinds of adventures and action.
I really appreciated that the writer did not have any romantic interaction with the couple until way later in the book. I like that kind of built up and I thought that the various stories about the other characters was interesting also.
Hard to believe that Bren's poor family got cursed like that over something that was really petty. It seems the father was at fault although he tried to make it right but when the Curse Giver did not give in and let out the curse, I would have thought the father should have paid the price, not all of his sons. Thankfully, it did not effect the one sister that they had.
I especially love the way the story ended and how Lusielle was able to trick the Curse Giver! But, from the sounds of it, she is still trying to figure a way around things and wants Lusielle all to herself. So, I am not sure if there will be another book or not, but I bet it would be one heck of a book if there is one!
About the Author:
Dora Machado is the award winning author of the Stonewiser series and her newest novel, The Curse Giver, coming this summer from Twilight Times Books. She is one of the few Latinas exploring her heritage and her world through the epic fantasy genre today. She holds a master’s degree in business administration and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Georgetown University. She was born in Michigan and grew up in the Dominican Republic, where she developed a bilingual fascination for writing, a love for history, and a taste for Merengue.
After a lifetime of straddling such compelling but different worlds, fantasy is a natural fit to her stories. She enjoys long walks, traveling, and connecting with the amazing readers who share in her mind’s adventures. She lives in Florida with her indulging husband and three very opinionated cats.