The Dark Lord
Patricia Simpson
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The Dark Lord

Patricia Simpson
Tor Books
384 pages
January 2005
rated 3 1/2 of 5 possible stars
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While visiting Egypt, math professor Rae Lambers unwittingly stumbles across and open the ancient and powerful Forbidden Tarot. On the flight back, she meets debonair fellow passenger Simeon and is charmed and flattered by his attentions. Back at work, Rae finds her beloved mentor has died and left her part-owner of his dilapidated mansion, along with his son Michael.

Although they were once friends, there is nothing but bitterness between Rae and Michael now. Coming to an uneasy truce, they settle in the mansion where inexplicable occurrences soon become the norm. Meanwhile, Simeon begins to court Rae, a fact that enrages Michael. Somehow the evil of the Tarot has invaded her life, and Rae has to figure which of the two men in her life is the literal devil before itís too late.

Publisher Tor once again scores with this scintillating powerhouse of a novel by Patricia Simpson, a sterling addition to their growing new paranormal romance line. The breathless pace of the book is well-matched by its growing suspense, while the increasing supernatural tension and gothic atmosphere is enough to give one chills. Simpsonís compellingly real characters are individually and interactively exceedingly complex and seem to have more than their share of internal conflict and torment, thus providing plenty of drama and action. The sensuality and growing passion between the characters, together with the permeating aura of evil, creates an unsurpassed effect of an alluring, silky danger. Besides the eerie paranormal elements, the book also touches upon serious issues of abuse, teenage arthritis, parental neglect, etc. Overall, The Dark Lord is the first book of what promises to be a top-notch new series and is certainly not be missed.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Rashmi Srinivas, 2005

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