Heart of Ice by Louise Cooper
Louise Cooper's Dark Enchantment books are a series of reasonably short novels, all stand-alone stories, that cater well to the young teenage girl who likes a blend of romance, mystery, mild horror and fairytale. Though I don't fit into that age group anymore, the books in the Dark Enchantment series are nice, quick reads, perfect for cold wintry nights by the fire, just complex enough to hold my interest.
In Heart of Ice, young Jansie is heartbroken when her older sister Tavia marries Silvan, partly because her beloved sister will now be living miles away, and partly because Jansie herself is in love with the dashing, prince-like Silvan. But after the Winter Solstice, Jansie is invited to Silvan's huge and isolated house to keep her sister company while he is away on busi... Read More
Louise Cooper was a British fantasy writer who lived in Cornwall with her husband, Cas Sandall. Read excerpts of her novels at Louise Cooper’s website.
Dark Enchantment — (1996-1998) Young adult. These were originally published under the names Firespell, Blood Dance, The Hounds of Winter, The Shrouded Mirror.
Heart of Ice by Louise Cooper
The Time Master Trilogy — (1986-1995) The Star Shadow Trilogy (Star Ascendant, Eclipse, Moonset) is a prequel to the original Time Master Trilogy (The Initiate, The Outcast, The Master). The Chaos Gate Trilogy (The Deceiver, The Pretender, The Avenger) is a sequel. Publisher: The seven gods of Order had ruled unchallenged for centuries, served by the adepts of the Circle in their bleak northern castle on the Star Peninsula. But for Tarod-the most enigmatic and formidable sorcerer in Circle’s ranks-a darker affinity had begun to call. Threatening his beliefs, even his sanity, it rose unbidden from beyond time; an ancient and deadly adversary that could plunge the world into madness and chaos-and whose power might rival that of the gods themselves. And though Tarod’s mind and heart were pledged to Order, his soul was another matter…
Indigo — (1988-1993)
The Daughter of Storms — (1996-1998) Young adult. A Time Master spin-off. Publisher: Shar, the Dark Caller, has a unique power — she can harness good spirits and destroy anyone who threatens her. Now someone wants revenge. Lured into a web of terror and deceit, can Shar defy the forces that threaten her once again? And will the gods be on her side this time?
The Bad Seed — (2009) Young adult. Publisher: Brother and sister Marloe and Silve are children of a burgeoning and powerful dynasty. Their mother, Shar, was a prodigiously powerful channeller of supernatural forces as a child, and their father, Kitto has an almost telekinetic affinity with animals of all kinds. Now, Marloe and Silve have come of age. As teenagers they are beginning to understand exactly what gifts they have inherited from their parents. And now they are faced with their first deadly challenge when a century-old sorceress kidnaps their dear friend Jianna, with a plan to channel her own particularly twisted brand of magic through the girl. Jianna will be left an empty shell, if Marloe and Silve cannot find her in time. It will take every ounce of their powers, and will find them tackling spirits and entities on a terrifying scale. But they must find the courage and take on evil, to claim back good…
The King’s Demon — (1996) Publisher: Found walking alone in the dead of night by Grendon, an official in the new king’s pay, Sefira remembers only her name and the fact that she has committed murder. Recognizing the supernatural powers of which she is unaware, Grendon offers to help her, hoping to manipulate them to his own ends.
Sacrament of Night — (1997) Publisher: They’ve been visiting the human world for centuries, the strange, frail, totally colorless denizens of the Twilight Dimension. Lured by the color, the brightness, the sheer vitality of mankind’s world, they mean no harm — but few of them ever return home. Foss Agate, well-to-do physician and dabbler in the ‘supernatural sciences’, has a burning ambition: to break the secret of the gateway between the worlds by capturing a living twilight creature. But his captive is no ordinary twilight dweller, Charn in an emissary of his queen, sent on a mission to discover the fate of her son and heir, who vanished years ago within the human world. Torn by loyalty to Foss and compassion for his victim is his daughter, Calliope — a young girl who cannot help but fall prey to Charn’s spell and who holds the key to a long-hidden secret. But before she can unlock the door to the past she must overcome the fear that threatens to destroy her. Fear of the unknown. Fear of the Sacrament of Night…
Storm Ghost — (1998) Publisher: In this supernatural adventure, an ancient curse is invoked which causes the disappearance of a modern lifeboat and all on board. Only the reappearance of a ghostly lifeboat, lost at sea 100 years earlier, and reparation for cowardice long ago, can save the two boys and the lifeboat crew.
The Summer Witch — (1999) Publisher: When Carys is married off to an ageing widower by her greedy father, she invents an imaginery lover in the unlikely guise of her husband’s scarecrow. When an encounter with Wayfarers gives Carys the chance to turn her fantasy into reality, it proves a temptation too much.
Demon Crossing — (2002) Young adult. Publisher: While Tom McCarthy’s parents are busy restoring Tregothyan Mill in Cornwall, he is trying to settle into life in the country, which is hard. Tom’s bored already, wandering about with just the dog for company. At least when school starts he’ll have something to do. Then Tom sees, or thinks he sees, a crone-like skeletal figure crouched under the old mill wheel, which sends the dog into a frenzy of barking. But when no one else can see it, Tom has a terrible feeling it is meant just for him. the figure then proceeds to haunt Tom, and his new friend, Holly. It is only when they are brave enough to confront it, that the ‘spirit’ tells them what it wants. It will not leave until it takes a soul with it, to avenge the original owner of the mill who wronged it. Tom and Holly have only one choice, to flood the spirit out of the mill, by tampering with the wheel itself – but time is running out for them…
Hunter’s Moon — (2003) Young adult. Publisher: When Gil and her sister Biddy first spot the ancient church near a deserted beach in Norfolk – and glimpse two silent red-haired children loitering there — Gil never thought that their lives could become so entangled with a terrible curse that haunts the church. Then, inexplicably, Biddy falls suddenly and seriously ill… There is a connection between Gill and Biddy and the strange boy and girl on the beach — they all have identical, flame-red hair — but Gil has no idea why this is significant until she meets her eccentric great uncle, and his daughter Rose, along with Rose’s son, Jonas — a red-head, too… It is Jonas who leads Gil to the heart of the terrifying secret of the red-haired children, and the tortured spirit living in the ancient church who cannot rest in peace. But but uncovering the secret holds terrible danger for Gil and Jonas. Can they face the demon spirit and live to tell the tale?