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Deborah Hale

Deborah HaleDeborah Hale writes mostly historical romances, but she’s written a couple of fantasy romances, too (published by Luna). You can read excerpts at Deborah Hale’s website.


Maura Woodbury (Umbria)

Maura Woodbury (Umbria) — (2004-2005) Publisher: Years before, the peaceful world of Umbria was torn apart by the ruthless Hanish invaders… Yet that is the only life Maura knows. Until her wizard guardian announces she is to be queen — but that first she must find and unite with their country’s legendary “Waiting King” in order to overthrow the enemy occupation. Men have searched for the fabled warrior for ages — what chance has a young witch gifted in life-magic? Especially since she has only till midsummer’s moon… and her guardian’s wisdom is tragically taken from her… Filled with fear and determination as well as wits and magic, Maura sets forth. Her only ally is the outlaw Rath. Having Rath as a companion is as dangerous as having an enemy along — but she must trust in him to save their country. As midsummer approaches, their mission is in jeopardy from the Han outlaws and treasure hunters — and even their own folk, who are wary of “the witch and the wolf.” But the greatest complication is the knowledge that if they do not find the king, Maura need not sacrifice all to be queen…

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The Wizard’s Ward

The Wizard's Ward by Deborah Hale

I blame Deborah Hale for my drowsiness this morning. I had to stay up late to finish The Wizard's Ward, or I would never have been able to sleep.

Maura Woodbury, an enchantress, has always led a quiet life... until her uncle announces that she is to be queen of all Umbria and she has to make her way to the Secret Glade and awaken the Waiting King who will drive the evil Han from Umbria forever and restore peace to all the land.

Maura begins to accept her fate, but she didn't anticipate Rath Talward, a rouge thief Maura happens upon one day, injured and on the run from Hanish law. Maura cannot abandon him in his time of need and eventually they strike up a bargain: healing for protection on her trip to the Secret Glade.

Their journey is not a stroll through the park however. Hannish soldiers wait at every turn to drag them off... Read More