He crossed the centuries to find her…
For months Lord Arik has been trying to find the right combination of runes to create the precise spell to rescue his wife, Rebeka, but the druid knight will soon discover that reaching her four hundred years in the future is only the beginning of his quest. He arrives in the 21st century to find her memory of him erased, his legacy on the brink of destruction, and traces of dark magick at every turn.
A threat has followed to take away all they hold dear—forever…
Bran, the dark druid, is more determined than ever to get his revenge. His evil has spread across the centuries. Arik will lose all. Time is his weapon, and he’s made sure his plan leaves no one dear to Arik, in past or present, safe from the destruction.
But their enemy has overlooked the strongest magick of all…
Professor Rebeka Tyler is dealing with more than just a faulty memory. Ownership of Fayne Manor, her home, has been called into question. Convenient accidents begin happening putting those she cares for in the line of fire. And then there’s the unexpected arrival of a strange man dressed like he belonged in a medieval fair—a man who somehow is always around when needed, and always on her mind. She doesn’t know who to trust. But one thing is certain. Her family line and manor have survived for over eleven centuries. She won’t let them fall, not on her watch… in any century.
Earlier in the saga, Rebeka's father had taken her forward in time for her protection. When she returned to her true time, she didn't remember anyone or anything. At the beginning of Knight of Rapture, they determine to shut the last portal that would enable her to return to the future (and also to prevent the villain Bran from trying to muck things up again.
But, as Shakespeare wrote in Midsummernight's Dream (Ii) "the course of true love never did run smooth," If it did, this would either be an extremely short, or totally different kind of book.
I was kind of impressed with Arik. His determination to not shut the last portal (even when it would have been safer to so do) until Rebeka had made a free choice to return to the future or to stay in the past (with him) speaks well of his character and his love for his wife. And his ability to discuss the situation with his brother, and willingness to change his mind shows he is a good leader of the people.
And poor Rebeka, she must feel like the men in her life are playing ping pong, and she's the little plastic ball. She's born in (what to us is) the past, taken forward in time by her father for her protection. Due to Bran's evil she finds herself once again in the present day, unable to remember that she is really from the past, yet having to fight for it. Then there's Arik, who winds up finding Rebeka wherever she is.
Sometime in books involving time travel, it's kind of like watching people having a conversation in a car in a movie. If you look hard enough, you can see the lines indicating that it was filmed in front of a blue screen and the desired background has been digitally inserted after the fact. By that long-winded explanation, I mean that there is a noticeable, perhaps jarring difference beween the various times. Not so in Knight of Rapture. I was equally at home in the past and present/future. The transformation between times was as seamless as I've seen, and really added to my enjoyment of this story.
Having read Knight of Rapture, I now have to explore the other works of this fine author. There is of course, Knight of Runes, book one of this series, as well as other works.
Ruth A Casie is a seasoned professional with over twenty-five years of writing experience but not necessarily writing romances. No, she’s been writing communication and marketing documents for a large corporation. Over the past years, encouraged by her friends and family, she gave way to her inner muse, let her creative juices flow, and began writing a series of historical time travel romance novels.
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