The story of The Beltane Escape is the story of Fenella and the choices she must make. She constantly tells herself "clan first" as she carries the weight of being the thaness of Thorburn. She chases her cousin Sorley into the borderlands ruled by Merlin. She is a pawn both in Fairy and Scotland. In Fairy, a pawn used by an impetuous Viviane in a contest of will/skill with a mischievous Merlin. In Scotland a pawn stolen from her home by Edward's father Lord Argonshire who wants to control her thane. The story is engaging and you are pulled along with Fenella on her unexpected adventure. I love the cast of characters she meets and am looking forward to The Viking Mist (book 2).
Lady Fenella, ever surrounded by guards, knows only responsibility and duty. She believes Merlin and the Lady of the Lake are myths, Gran’s warnings about Fairy are superstition, and Fairy was invented to make children behave.
But then Gran brands her, Lord Argonshire kidnaps her, and the Lady of the Lake makes her a pawn. The Highland heiress must betray her newly betrothed and fend for herself when she dives into a wormhole to save her cousin. She lands in a part of Fairy even fairies avoid, and joins forces with a half-Viking/half-Fairy.
Fenella must use her wits to find her cousin, free the Lady of the Lake, and reach the wormhole in Glastonbury by Beltane. Nine days to unshackle herself from a sorceress, prevent a war between two clans, and decide in which realm—and with which lad—she truly belongs. Oh, and The Most Powerful Wizard stands in her way.
From her website: Ariella Moon draws upon her experiences as a shaman and former teen to create magical Young Adult fiction. Her Two Realms Trilogy is a medieval fantasy adventure series. The Teen Wytche Saga is a series of sweet contemporary paranormal romances.
Ariella spent her childhood searching for a magical wardrobe that would transport her to Narnia. Extreme math anxiety and taller students that mistook her for a leaning post marred her youth. Despite these horrors, she graduated summa cum laude from the University of California at Davis. She lives a nearly normal life doting on her extraordinary daughter, two shamelessly spoiled dogs, and a media-shy dragon.