Enchanted (Medieval Series #3)

Enchanted (Medieval Series #3)

by Elizabeth Lowell

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Simon the loyal has vowed never to love, for love makes a warrior weak. His arranged marriage to a beautiful Norman heiress would be duty and no more. But more than duty stirs his blood when he first sees Ariane. She has known only coldness from men and a betrayal so deep it all but killed her soul. Wanting no man, trusting no man, speaking only through the sad songs she draws from her harp, Ariane comes to Simon an unwilling bride. They wed to bring peace to the disputed lands, but marriage alone is not enough. Simon must teach Ariane passion, she must teach him trust. And both must surrender to the sweet violence of love's enchantment. . .or die.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786202232
Publisher: Gale Group
Publication date: 01/31/1995
Series: Medieval Series , #3
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 581

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Lowell has more than eighty titles published to date with over twenty-four million copies of her books in print. She lives in the Sierra Nevada Mountains with her husband, with whom she writes novels under a pseudonym. Her favorite activity is exploring the Western United States to find the landscapes that speak to her soul and inspire her writing.

Date of Birth:

April 5, 1944

Place of Birth:

Milwaukee, Wisconsin


B. A., University of California, 1966

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Chapter One

Autumn in the reign of King Henry I. Stone Ring Keep, home of Lord Duncan and Lady Amber, in the Disputed Lands at the northern reaches of Norman England.

"Which will it be," Ariane whispered to herself, "a wedding or a wake?"

Ariane stared at the dagger in her hands, but no answer came to her save that of candlelight running like silver blood over the blade. As she looked at the ghostly blood, the question rang again within the silence of her mind.

A wedding or a wake?

The answer that finally came was no comfort to Ariane.

It matters not. They are but different words for the same thing.

Beyond Stone Ring Keep′s high walls, the wind wailed of coming winter.

Ariane didn′t hear the mournful cry. She heard nothing but echoes of the past, when her mother had pressed the jewelled dagger into her daughter′s small hands.

In her mind Ariane could still see the dark flash of amethysts and feel the cold weight of silver. Her mother′s words had been even more chilling.

Hell has no punishment greater than a cruel marriage bed. Use this rather than lie beneath a man you do not love.

Unfortunately, Ariane′s mother had not lived long enough to tell her daughter how to use the weapon, or upon whom. Whose wake should it be, the groom′s or bride′s?

Should I kill myself or should I kill Simon, whose only crime is to agree to marry me out of loyalty to his brother, Lord Dominic of Blackthorne Keep?


A yearning tremor went through Ariane, making the rich cream and russet of her tunic quiver as though alive.

Dear God, to be so blessed as to know that kind of fidelity from my family!

Dark nightmare turned, threatening to break through the wall Ariane had built against it. Grimly she shifted her thoughts from the night she had been betrayed first by Geoffrey the Fair and then by her own father.

The blade of the dagger bit delicately into Ariane′s hand, telling her that she was holding the weapon too tightly. Distantly she wondered what it would feel like when the dagger bit far more deeply into her flesh.

Certainly it could be no worse than her nightmares.

"Ariane, have you seen my -- oh, what a lovely dagger," Amber said, spotting the quicksilver gleam as she walked into the room. " ′Tis as finely made as any brooch."

The voice startled Ariane out of her grim revene. Taking a slow, hidden breath, she loosened her grip on the jewelled dagger and looked toward the young woman whose golden outer tunic highlighted the colour of her eyes and hair.

"It was my mother′s dagger," Ariane said to Amber.

"Such extraordinary amethysts. They are the exact colour of your eyes. Were hers violet, too?"


Ariane said no more.

"And your thoughts," Amber continued matter-of-factly, "are the exact colour of your hair. The darkest part of night."

Ariane′s breath caught. Warily she eyed the Learned Lady of Stone Ring Keep, who could discern truth simply by touching someone.

Yet Amber wasn′t touching Ariane now.

"I don′t have to touch you," Amber said, guessing the other girl′s thoughts. "The darkness is in your eyes. And in your heart."

"I feel nothing."

"Ah, but you do. Your emotions are a wound that has been concealed rather than healed."

"Are they?" Ariane asked indifferently.

"Aye," Amber said. "I felt it when I touched you the first time. Surely you must feel it too."

"Only when I steep."

Ariane slid the dagger back into its sheath at her waist and reached for the lap harp that once had been her joy. Now it was her consolation. The dark, graceful curves of the wood were inlaid with silver, mother-of-pearl and camelian in the form of a flowering vine.

But it wasn′t the harp′s elegance that lured Ariane. It was the instrument′s voice. Her long fingers moved, calling from the strings a chord that was in eerie harmony with the storm wind, a wildness that was barely contained.

Concealed, not healed.

Hearing the harp speak for the silent harpist, Amber wanted to protest the combination of fear and rage and grief that burned just beneath the Norman girl′s calm surface.

"You have nothing to dread from becoming Simon′s wife," Amber said, her voice urgent. "He is a man of intense passion, but it is always disciplined."

For an instant Ariane′s fingers paused. Then she nodded slowly. Gradually the sounds she drew from the harp became less wild.

"Aye," Ariane said in a low voice. "He has been gentle enough with me."

Much gentler than he will be when he discovers that his wife is no maiden.

Enchanted. Copyright © by Elizabeth Lowell. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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Legalmom18 More than 1 year ago
I accidently read this in paperback first. I later realized that it was part of a series. When I purchased my Nook, I researched the author and book and found out I was correct and ordered all three books. I read them in order and was fascinated.
kmTX More than 1 year ago
loved this series. I feel in love with Garwood's older books and was looking for another author with the same feel. Lowell did not disappoint, I hope she writes more like these
jenmurph21 More than 1 year ago
I'm sorry, but I could not get into this book. The first two-thirds was so frustrating and unnecessary I could barely keep reading. Yes, Ariane was betrayed, and yes Simon can not love. But I don't think we needed 200 or so pages to get the point across. I was more interested in the last third of the book when rogue Knights, a missing dowry and a calculating father-in-law show up. I wish more was written about those storylines instead of the driving plot of Ariane's coldness and unwillingness. So little attention was given to the climax I felt cheated and frustrated at the end. Just a so-so book for me. I've read better historical romance novels than this.
BookaholicTracy More than 1 year ago
Such a great book. Loved it. Awesome read
GtzLstNRding More than 1 year ago
This book really pulled the story together. If you love a good romantic tale of long ago you will love this series. It makes you want more. There are not Fae or druids but lots of insinuation of such - the wowmen whom are gifted are called "witches" and the men socerrers or Learned. Would love to see Erik and Cassandra get drawn more into the story. The plot is fantastic and the author does a great job describing the scenes in detail you feel like you are walking in the story with them. Truly well written series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Lowells' trilogy Untamed,Forbidden and Enchanted. These 3 are my favorite of all of Lowells books. I read them over and over. After I read Untamed for the 1st time I went out and bought all 3 books and I didn't stop reading until I was done with all of them. Then I read them over again! I couldn't put them down! The plots are wonderful and the love scenes are to die for. The one and only thing this trilogy needs is a 4th book about the handsome and powerful knight, Erik. Then it will more perfect then it already is.
dreamweaver529 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the third in a series, with the romance having been set up in the previous books. Simon volunteers to marry Ariane to allow his friend, who had been betrothed to her, to marry the woman he loves (see Forbidden). While his friend and brother see it as a sacrifice, as Ariane is melancholy and repeated states she wants nothing to do with marriage, the truth is Simon as wanted her since he first saw her. The problem is Ariane is petrified of marriage because, before the book started, she was drugged and raped, and then condemned by her father.All and all, it was well handled. Ariane¿s shame and lack of trust was reasonable, as was her reaction to Simon¿s physical attentions. There was enough keeping Simon and Ariane apart, most of which would work out fine if they would just talk.The ¿learned cloth¿ that made up Ariane¿s wedding dress, which she wears a lot, was a little much for me at points. A strip was taken off the bottom, but it was never shorter. It was cut in the side, but it wasn¿t ruined, the cut in the cloth just disappeared as far as I could tell. It was explained as being magical, but still. It didn¿t throw me from the story, but I did roll my eyes a few times.
debs4jc on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This fantastical romance set during the reign of Henry I in England/Scotland showcased a strong pair of lovers who must overcome misunderstandings to find true love. Ariane is forced into a marriage with Simon--but because of her past she is deathly afraid of the wedding bed. Simon fortunately is not the type to force himself on her--but neither does he treat her with the tenderness she needs. Will these two come together--and will the magic in Ariane's clothes and the land around them help them?Good solid romance with plenty of tension, and an interesting landscape with a touch of fantasy. If thst's what you like, read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Discusted that Simon didn't beleive Ariane before Amber came!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put these books down. Great story, good romance, believable characters. Hope you write more in this series. I would love to know what happens with Eric, or Cassandra.
loverofromance More than 1 year ago
Simon is devoted and his only loyalty is to his friend and Lord, Dominic. He is asked to marry a heiress Ariane, who even though she is beautiful but is known as the "betrayed". Ariane has a past, and she has been betrayed by those she trusted the most. Now the only thing that brings her peace is her harp and the music she plays. She is then informed that she will marry Simon, whom she knows will kill her the moment he learns of a deep secret she keeps hidden. She doesn't need or want a man, she knows the moment she marries Simon, her life will change. She knows that her life will only be pain and suffering. Simon, has only one loyalty, but when he marries Ariane, his loyalty starts to shift to his wife. Ariane seems cold and unfeeling and passionless, but soon he begins to realize that she suffers from hurt and betrayal just as he does, and only when a flaming passion flares between them will Simon and Arian be able to get beyond the betrayals of their past and focus on their future and each other. Enchanted is the third in the medieval series, and when I saw this one on the shelf, I knew I needed to try it out. I did wanted to try to read this series in order, however the first two books weren't available, and since I have heard so many amazing things about this series, and having a weakness for medieval romances, I knew I needed to try Enchanted out. This is also the first time that I have been able to read this author, and I have to say after reading Enchanted I am very impressed. Enchanted is set in a time where honor and loyalty is everything. I do love the arranged marriage themes that are usually in the plots of medieval romances, and Lowell does a outstanding job with Enchanted. From the beginning of the story I was enthralled by the way this author magically weaves a beautiful story of two stranger that end up married, and have both protected their hearts and both need a lesson in the healing power of love and the passion they can find in each other. The characters were captivating and from the first few chapters, I fell in love with Simon and Arianne. For the beginning half of the books you see the mistrusts and misunderstandings. Simon is a warrior, and has faced many battles and he suffers from past mistakes that almost cost his closest friends their lives. He is a bit of a wounded animal until Ariane comes into his life and he starts to realize that he isn't the only one hurting from the past. The relationship between Simon and Ariane is heartbreaking at times, but you see the desire that rises up is one step toward them learning to trust in each other. I found myself having a difficult time putting this one down. The style of this authors writing is absolutely enticing and exactly the way I like a romance to be written. Overall a emotionally driven tale of history, adventure, intrigue and passion. A POWERFUL ROMANCE THAT WILL CAPTURE YOUR HEART!!
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This book is very entertaining. Simon has sealed his heart away and Ariane has had her trust and spirit broken by men she has known. The story finds Simon and Ariane in a marriage learning to trust each other and finding love. There are special magical gifts each person discovery. The two previous books UNTAMED and FORBIDDEN are an total enjoyment to read along with this book ENCHANTED?
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One of my faves!
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Liked it alot read it a few times
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