Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Review: Tortured by Amanda McIntyre

Trade paperback
Featuring: Sierra, Dryston
Publisher: Spice
Pub. Date: August 01, 2009
ISBN-13: 9780373605330

The blurb:
Ensnared in the war-torn, untamed Dark Ages of North England, Sierra understands all too well what it takes to survive: the ability to numb the soul. She has learned this lesson the hard way, watching her mother die at the hands of the king's henchmen, her brother cast out into the cold to perish, and discovering the treacherous, leering king holds a crucial secret about her past.

But when he grants Sierra her life, she discovers the pardon is perhaps worse than death. Sierra is made executioner's apprentice, forced to witness unspeakable suffering while encouraged to explore her own sexual power.

Brainwashed and exhausted, Sierra's heart slowly grows cold—until Dryston of Hereford is brought to the dungeon as traitor and spy. Using her sexual allure to extract the warrior's secrets, Sierra finds herself torn between duty and desire. Soon, Sierra is craving the only man who can help set her battered soul free and give her a chance for revenge….

Okay... Now for my review!

This is a very emotional book and my review has been very hard to write. Not in a bad way, but in a good way. The story is set in 500 a.d. I can not phantom how things were back then; not only life in general but for the people themselves… woman, man, or child. To have the world you live in, your home, your land, ripped apart due to war; enslaved to a ruthless ruler. What do you do when you find yourself lying with the enemy and you have no where to run? That is what life is like for Sierra.

The land she once knew is no more. The land of Brittania was conquered by the Saxons and their Lord (oh I would so love to call him names that I can not call him here for fear that my tongue would be cursed) has no mercy when it comes to the Britons. His rules are easy: do as I say or die. There is no gray areas in his world - only black and white. His way or no way. People lived in fear of what could happen to them, or their children, at the wrath of Lord Aeglech.

Sierra's mother, a druid, had the gift of sight. She aided the King of Saxon in seeing the past and the future. She passed this skill onto Sierra. Sierra also has a younger brother, he was her step-brother, but she loved him all the same. But her mother hid her young son, who was of cross blood, from the Lord and that was considered treason. Ordered to death by the King she served, Sierra witnessed her mother’s death. With only her brother left to protect, they were captured and turned over to the King. The only thing that protected them was their mother’s curse: “Let the dark curse of a thousand generations fall upon anyone who should cause harm to these children. The ancients-the gods and goddesses of earth, fire, water, and air-bless them. Whoever does them harm shall have his life and the lives of all his kin brutally taken.” (pg. 54)
Lord Aeglech wanted the son dead and did not care about Sierra. That is until he found out she carried the gift of sight like her mother. Then the gift of sight bound her to Lord Aeglech - King of Saxon as his slave.

You could say that the curse is what saved her and her brother, but saved them from what? What life was to become of her when her mother was dead and her brother was... well, she did not what become of her brother. So, this gift, what good was it if she could not escape the only hell she knew and protect her brother.

Since Sierra showed more fire and will than most of Lord Aeglech’s army, so he made her the apprentice of the executioner. She was literally surrounded by death at every turn of day. How does one’s soul live, how does one’s heart feel alive when surrounded by so much death? She put a wall up around herself and learned to block any emotion, any feelings, any anything out of her daily life. Sierra started this life at the young age of twelve. Can you imagine living this kind of life at twelve. Whew… Sierra is a woman of strong will and determination. She is like no woman I have ever read about before. The woman I see before me in this story truly inspires me. Her soul is very raw, she is honest to the core, courageous, and very independent.

Nine years later….
Still living her life as the apprentice of the executioner, Sierra is still living in hell. The wall she built nine years ago has completely barricaded her heart to any type of feeling or emotion. Now, I don’t want you think that she is total void of emotion. There is a young man, Cearl, who offers her a few moments of “companionship.” He is a helper in the kitchen and a maker of the drums for battle. Her meetings with him allow for the briefest moments of escape as she would call it. But if she was to feel anything deeper, it would not be with him.

The Saxon army has burned down many villages, destroyed many fields and basically, they have pissed off a lot of people. Some of those people are forming their own army against Lord Aeglech. He grows worried about rebellion from the surrounding people.
Upon destroying one village in particular, the army finds a gem in the dust. A Roman solider in a Celt village. They bring him back to Lord Aeglech for praise.

Upon entering Lord Aeglech’s world, Dryston (the Roman solider) soon learns first hand the evilness he faces. With the worry of rebellion, Lord Aeglech wants all the information that Dryston holds. He course of action: allow Balrogan, the executioner, to torture him until he caves or dies. But death would prove unfruitful for the solider because Lord Aeglech could not extract information out of him. So, the next step when Balrogan fails… send in the apprentice.

Lord Aeglech wants Sierra to use her gift of sight on Dryston to retrieve any information she can. When she is called on to use her gift of sight on Dryston, she gets more than she bargains for. For the memory in his mind is the last night before he entered Lord Aeglech’s world… it was a night of passionate love making and when he realizes what Sierra is seeing, he recalls that memory to the full height of that night. Realizing what she is seeing, something primitive stirs in Sierra, something deep within her. Something she thought she was dead and buried.

He offers her a chance to break free of the prison she lived in. If they can form a bond together… then together they can break free…

I have given you the beginning… now for a glimpse of the ending… The next part of this tale is about two people depending on each other for support, for life and hopefully for love.

This book is simply amazing. You will feel things you probably have not felt in a while. Sierra has to re-learn how to trust, how to open herself up, how to love, how to feel… all over again. Ms. McIntyre’s story telling is breathtaking! The words, the flow, the feelings… She puts you right in the story. I felt all of Sierra’s heart ache, I felt all of her pain and her passion. The way she puts the story together… is astounding! I even had to re-read it for “research” purpose! The characters, the plot, the story telling… all seemed very real, very raw and very genuine to me. Sit back and you can really picture this happening. And that is the job of am amazing author, to make me feel like I am there. And believe me, Ms. A does marvelous job. And to leave this one a great note… you know how we love our hero’s tortured… well, this time it is our heroine! Tortured!

To find out more about Ms. McIntyre, please visit her site --->>> here.
Her blog is --->>> here. She also blogs with two other wonderful ladies at Lust In Time --->>> here.
Drop by any one of those places and say hi! She would love to hear from you!

Now, I will give you a sample of what she has in store for you....
Allow me to introduce you to a couple of her other creations.... And I think you are going to like them... Just remember though, this is only a couple of things... go to her site to see the rest!
This book is coming out this November... Yes, you read right... November! She has paired with two wonderful other authors for this book! Charlotte Featherston and Kristi Astor! They can be found at Lust In Time as well!

On Solstice eve long ago, a Druid priestess and Norse warrior succumb to forbidden, erotic desire. Their passion is one that neither death, decree—nor time—can tear asunder.
Now three women of later centuries, Sabeline, Sinead, and Aisling begin their own sensual journeys, awakened by the ancient power of the priestess’s words—
“Burn bright of winter’s desire.”
I would like you to meet The Master & The Muse.. Isn't his eyes piercing!!! Although, I am afraid he will not be available until June 2010..... Sorry ladies... But you can stare at him while waiting!
I hope you enjoyed this review! I know I sure in hell enjoyed this book!!! It is on my keeper shelf for life!

Now, don't worry... the party is still going on, because tomorrow... Ms. Amanda will be here!!! YAYAYAYAYAYAY!!! Can you tell I am excited! And with her... I have it on good word that she is bringing her own... Eye Candy!!! Prezzies will continue to follow as well!!! So, make sure you stay tune for tomorrow...

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  1. Hi Cecile! Great interview, you have me really interested in reading this book. It's going on my TBR list :)

  2. There is so much of the good/great and the best stuff on my shelves and I am so glad TORTURE is residing there too. This read has affected you in every way and I love it when a book does that, I can't wait to discover my own finding when I crack the spine of this book. I'm so glad we're going to party tomorrow with Amanda YAY

  3. I have not read this book but - wow. To make you feel all those emotions...I have heard similar reactions when reading this book.

    I LOVE her upcoming covers..beautiful!

  4. This book looks really good! And the anthology with Charlotte Featherstone too! Nice review and teasers for future releases - I want them now!!!

  5. Hi Cecile,
    I do only see great reviews of this one. Sounds cool. First I had my doubts but after Amy's review I changed my mind.

    Some great looking books there too

  6. Amazing review. I've been torn about reading this book, but because it doesn't sound good, but because it might just be too intense. Still, I'm tempted to work through that and read it anyway. Thanx for persuading me to consider reading it :)

  7. Good Morning Cecile,

    This is a new author for me.The review was great.Love the covers too. I see butt crack...LOL

    Where's Caleb? I must scroll down for my morning eye candy..he's so yummy.

    Have a great day, I'm off to the bookstore :)

  8. Wonderful review, Cecile! I really liked this one. AM is a wonderful story teller!!

  9. Hi Cecile!

    Great review, and you know I'll be back tomorrow to visit with the amazing Ms A.

    I haven't had the chance to read Tortured yet, but everything I've seen screams, read this book.

    Dottie :)

  10. Good Morning Ladies (or Good Afternoon/Evening)!
    Thank you all for coming out to see the review of this book!
    This book touched my heart on some many levels, it was not funny! I fell in love with the characters and the story line.

    ~Host! Hey hon! This book really should be put on the TBR list and should be at the top! It is an amazing book! I think you will fall in love with it!

    ~Leontine! I hope you are feeling much better today! **Crossing fingers** I can not wait for you to crack that spine and read it and let me know what you think!!! You will love it!

    ~Mandi! Hey honey! OH, you will have to read this book! You are right, the reviews are very strong about this book. And I agree with all of them. I love love love this book!

    ~Patti, hey honey! This book is really good! Oh man... I can NOT wait to get my hands on the anthology with Charlotte Featherstone!!! That is a must have for me!!!

    ~Blodeuedd, hey girl!!! Oh, you have to read this book. I know it will warm your heart and steal your soul!! You will love it!

    ~Stacy, hey hon! Thanks. Oh, believe you will not regret reading this book. It is an intense book, but the era that it was written in and the war that is going on is what sets the book in motion. And for that the story is told very effectively. It is an emotional book, I will not lie to you, but it is sooo worth it!
    And you must let me know when you do read it!! I want to know what you thought of!

    ~elaing8, HEY HONEY!!!! How are you feeling today! I hope you are feeling better! Oh ***YAYAYAYAY*** I got introduce you to a new author! I am so excited, you must read this!

    ***Caleb is making your morning breakfast and drink, he knows you were not feeling well yesterday!*** And besides all that partying we did! LOL!!

    ~Barbara! Hey honey!! I am so glad that you made it and liked my review! I loved this book! Ms. A is a fantastic story teller!!!

    ~Dottie!! Good morning honey, I hope you are feeling better too!!
    Thank you! Oh yes, please make sure to come back tomorrow for Ms. A!!! Oh, again... I must say you have to read it! It is an awesome book! You will love it! I promise!

  11. Hey Cecile,
    I'm feeling alot better today..thanks..
    Went to the book store,they didn't have 1 of the books I wanted.I had a list of 10.Then the rad leaked/blew and I was under the car getting greasy..yuck..
    So I've come to let Caleb cheer me up
    Please Caleb a stiff drink!!!

  12. ~Yes Ma'am~
    What it'll be darlin! Sit and tell me what's on your mind?
    I am glad that you are feeling better, I was worried about you
    **smiles that devil smile*

  13. ahhh Caleb..mix me Singapore Sling..its just been one of those days where nothing goes the way you want it!!

    maybe a few tequila shots too :-)

    ack..now blogger hates me..it won't post..3rd times th charm**fingers crossed**

  14. *fanning myself* Where is a squirt bottle when I need one? One hot cover. This book sounds absolutely fabulous. I love when books pull you in emotionally.

    Great review

  15. Hey Cecile, I'm reading this now so I'll be back to read the whole review so far I'm loving it very emotional but soo good!

  16. ~Elaing8, hey honey!!! I hope all is well!!! Did Caleb fix your drink for you! He said something about having one of those days too!! He is such a wicked man!!

    ~Smokinhotbooks, honey this book is smoking!! It is spellbounding! Ms. A did a wonderful job is story telling of this tale. I fell in love with the everything about this book.

    ~Tricia!! Hey hon! Thanks for coming by! Oh... I can not wait to see what you thought of this one!!! **rubbing hands together greedily... knowing it will be good**


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My Fictional Smutty Boyfriend.... =)