I’m not one to normally read romances, but I thought I’d give this one a shot as it is a paranormal romance. When I got the book, I wasn’t sure if paranormal meant ghosts and the like or fantasy. “Magic in the Storm” is set in Meredith Bond‘s world of “the Vallen” which takes place in England’s Regency era.

Lady Vallentyn rules the Vallen of London and her family with a firm hand. Her youngest son, Morgan, is the seventh child of the seventh generation of Vallen and descendant of Morgan le Fey. He was supposed to be a girl. According to Lady Vallentyn, this was the first of Morgan’s many mistakes. Morgan is nearly content to live a life of exile until he meets a young lady by the name of Adriana Hayden who captures his heart.

Ms. Bond’s world of the Vallen is one full of magic. In her words, “Do you see magic all around you? I do. There are some things that, to me, just can’t be explained to my satisfaction. [sic].” There are references to many historical figures and these references just go to reinforce the credibility of the world of the Vallen. She has beautifully crafted this backdrop for her romance between Morgan Vallentyn and Adriana Hayden. It is meticulously plotted and populated with enjoyable characters.

Throughout the story, Ms. Bond’s descriptions not only bring the reader into the story, but bring the story into the real world. I want to put in a quote from the book at this point, but I dare not as to possibly give away part of the plot. Her rich descriptions also bring the characters’ emotions off the page. As a reader, when I begin to get caught up in the paranormal side of the story, Ms. Bond brings me back to the romantic side.

If you are a fan of the fantasy, historical, or romance stories, this book is for you. This is the first of the Vallen series by Meredith Bond. The story continues in “Storm on the Horizon.” Head on over to Thoughts From My Head to see the author interview with Ms. Bond.  Because of her alluring use of description, dialogue, and plot, I give “Magic in the Storm” four flags!

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About the author

Dana Gunn Dana Gunn is currently a code monkey for a large company. His interests include genealogy, fencing, reading, and writing. A red Honda CRX has been a part of his life for so long, it is either considered a family member or an obsession based on who one talks to. He aspires to be a writer of fiction, however, based on the number of hours put in, he can be considered an expert reader of fiction.