Forbidden (Medieval Series #2)

Forbidden (Medieval Series #2)

by Elizabeth Lowell

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They call her "Amber the Untouched" throughout the Disputed Lands — a chaste, golden-haired beauty who fears the remarkable love that was prophesied at her birth . . . and the death that must inevitably follow. Now Duncan has come to her in darkness, as was foretold — a wounded warrior with no memory, seared by passion's fire and irresistibly drawn to the innocent enchantress who divines truth with a touch. Their romance is legend in a time of war. But when Duncan's memory returns, he sees Amber as his enemy. Still, he cannot forsake the lover who healed his body and heart. And he will defy to the death the dread forces that have proclaimed their love . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780380769544
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/28/1993
Series: Medieval Series , #2
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.00(d)

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

He will come to you in shade of darkness.

The words of the dire prophecy rang in Amber's mind as she looked at the naked, powerful man whom Sir Erik had dumped senseless at her feet.

Candle flames bent and whipped as though alive, called by the cold autumn wind pouring through the cottage's open door.Light and darkness licked over the stranger's body, underlining the strength of his back and shoulders.Sleet shone in the near black of his hair.Icy rain gleamed on his skin.

Amber felt the man's chill as though it were her own. Silently she looked up at Erik. Her wide golden eyes asked questions for which she had no words.

It was just as well, for Erik had no answers. All he had was the slack body of a stranger found in a sacred place.

"Do you know him?" Erik asked curtly.


"I think you are wrong. He wears your sign."

With that, Erik turned the man over. Candelight and water streamed across the muscular turso, butit wasn't the stranger's naked male strength that drew a gasp from Amber.

A piece of amber shone against the intense darkness of the hair on his chest. Careful not to touch the stranger, Amber knelt at his side and held the candle so that she could study the talisman. Elegant runes had been incised on the gem. The runes commended the wearer to the protection of Druids.

"Turn the pendant over," she said in a low voice.Deftly, Erik flipped the amber talisman. On the other side, Latin words in the shape of a cross proclaimed the glory of God and asked His protection for the wearer. It was a common Christian prayer carried by knights who had gone off to battle the Saracen forpossession of the Holy Land.

Amber let out a long sigh, relieved that the stranger was not some black sorcerer dropped into the Disputed Lands for the sake of mischief.For the first time she looked at the stranger as a man rather than as an object brought to her so that she might discover truth or treachery. Wherever Amber looked, the overwhelming reality of the stranger's strength looked back at her. The only hints of delicacy in the man were his dense, faintly curling eyelashes and the clean, curving line of his lips.The stranger was handsome in the way a warrior is handsome, the beauty of a storm rather than the beauty of a flower. Recent bruises, cuts, and scrapes mingled with the scars of other, older battles. The marks served to enhance rather than to diminish his aura of male power

Though he had no possessions beyond the talisman, not even clothes, Amber had no doubt that the stranger was someone to be reckoned with.

"Where did you find him?" she asked.

"The Stone Ring."

Amber's head snapped up

" What?" she demanded, hardly able to believe.

"You heard me."

Amber waited expectantly.

Erik simply watched her with unflinching wolf's eyes

"Don't make me pluck words from you like feathers from a chicken," Amber said in exasperation. "Speak!"

The hard lines of Erik's face flowed into an amused smile. He stepped over the senseless stranger and shut the cottage door, putting an end to the frisking of the cold autumn wind through the room.

"Do you have some mulled wine for an old friend?" Erik asked mildly. "And a blanket for whomever this might be. 'Tis too cold to be lolling there uncovered, friend or foe."

"Aye, lord. Your slightest wish is my greatest command."

The dryness of Amber's voice was as unmistakable as the affection that lay beneath. Sir Erik was the son and heir of a great Scots thane, but Amber had always felt a curious ease with him despite her own lack of high birth and the fact that she had no more kin than the wild auturnn wind. Erik shrugged out of his costly mantle. He covered the stranger with a swirl of thick, warm wool that was the indigo of twilight. There was very little of the mantle left over.

" He is a big one," Erik said absently.

"Even bigger than you," Amber said from the other side of the cottage. "The knight who felled this man must have been a mighty warrior."

Erik watched through narrowed eyes as Amber hurried toward him, her arms overflowing with the thick fur cover that normally warmed her bed.If the evidence of the tracks is to be believed, he was felled by a bolt from the sky," Erik said distinctly. The swirling length of Amber's nightclothes wrapped about her ankles, tripping her. She stumbled and would have fallen on the stranger if Erik hadn't caught her. He set Amber aright and released her in the same swift motion.

"Forgive me," he said quickly. Though Erik had touched her for only the briefest moment, she couldn't conceal the unease it had caused.

"Mere is nothing to forgive," Amber said. "Better your flesh than the stranger's."

Despite her reassuring words, Erik watched Amber closely, wanting to be certain that whatever difficulty his touch had caused her was truly fleeting.

"I cant say why your touch doesn't pain me," Amber added wryly. "God knows that your heart is no more pure than it must be."

The smile that edged Eriks" mouth was as brief as Amber's discomfort had been.

"For you, Amber the Untouched, . he said, "my heart is as pure as unfallen snow.

She laughed sofly. "Perhaps it is the legacy of our childhood sharing Cassandra's lessons."

"Yes. Perhaps."Erik smiled almost sadly. Then he bent and wrapped the unmoving stranger in the fur cover. Amber hastily pulled a mantle around her own shoulders and stirred up the fire in the center of the room. Soon the friendly leap of flames warmed the room and ran like sunlight through Amber's long golden braids. She suspended a pot from the trivet over the fire."What of the man's companions?" she asked.They scattered to the winds, and so did their horses." Erik smiled rather savagely. "The ancient Stone Ring must not have cared for Normans."

"When did this happen?"...

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jenmurph21 More than 1 year ago
I'm glad these nookbooks weren't that expensive because this one was about on par with the first book in the series. It's just ok, I struggled to finish it because I wasn't really interested in the characters. Amber gave up too much too soon for Duncan, I wish she would've been stronger with more of a backbone. I wish she would've refused his touch at least once and put him in his place. The story was okay, I liked the twisted plot and the calculating of Lord Eric and Dominic, but I just couldn't get into the whole "love" story. It's ok, probably something I wouldn't read again though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did not enjoy this much as the first book in the series. The main character Amber was not likable. She was very selfish and somewhat like a parasite feeding off of Duncan. Although the ending was predictable, I found myself wishing she would die. I did not care for the characters in her family as they were all like her and very manipulative. Very disappointed in this book.
BookaholicTracy More than 1 year ago
Fantastic. A great weekend read with satisfying ending
Guest More than 1 year ago
I felt like the characters in this book were so poorly developed that nothing made since. Yeah they LOVE each other right away. WHAT!!! I got about 1/4 of the way through and had to put it down. Very boring indeed!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have never felt such emotions as when I was reading this book. To me Amber was a metaphor of an unconditional love that can pass through two people and that is rarely seen. If one pays attention to their emotions, one can sense emotions of someone they love like when they¿re sad, angry, and happy, with just a look. Elizabeth Lowell expressed that so vividly that chills ran through me and made me understand how it can be between two people that loved each other deeply. Of course, the steamy scenes made it all much better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book would be great since I've read her before. Yet the female lead, 'Amber' doesn't seem to have any backbone. Throughout the first half of the book, she gives up her pride, strength, freedom, and life just to have sex with the male lead, 'Duncan.' I like Lowell's novels because the female has courage and strength, and the plot isn't all about wanted to fool around. But this isn't apparent in this novel.
TheBooknerd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Like the rest of this series, this book is another one of those romances in which the hero is astonishingly unlikable and the heroine gives women a bad name. I wouldn't recommend reading of the books from this series.
fishhook7 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Once again, Elizabeth Lowell didn't disappoint. I hadn't read any of her historical romance stories before. I like them, although not as much as her jewel (modern day) ones. This one has a bit of the mystical in it (I guess that's what to call it). It wasn't too much for me, but might be a turn off to some.Good characters and nice romance.
amf0001 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this along time ago but when it came time to reread, it didn't stand up so well. Trite, silly, unbelievable. Not especially intense or romantic. I love medieval romances. This is not one of the better ones. It says 2003 but I read long ago, so it's a reprint of sorts
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Honestly , the first word that comes to mind is garbage. The characters are unlikable, mean and manipulative. Simon and Duncan are the only worthwhile ones in the whole thing. Definitely not worth the money.
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Another great book from Elizabeth Lowell ! Duncan and Amber's story is a beautiful love and almost lost story . Just enough magic in there to highlight this book so very well. I can't wait to read the next book in this series " Enchanted ".
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