Princess Rosemary tries to be good, but her suppressed desires for sleep, food, sex, and blood snap like an outgrown garter and set off a curse—or is it a blessing?—that grants her a hundred years of uninterrupted sleep.
A handsome rescuer awakens her and tries to restore her dynasty, but a nomadic wolf huntress beats him to the throne by freeing the most recently cursed royal, King Gustav, from transformation into a beast.
Meanwhile, the land has been taken over by witches and eaters of human flesh.
All Rosemary and Gustav want to do is stay inside and love their seductive rescuers, but their spouses form a dangerous rivalry. When Rosemary's husband takes out his frustrations on her, he drives her to seek comfort in the hospitable home—and unusual marriage—of King Gustav.
Treasonous plots and secret alliances threaten the fragile new stability of the kingdom, and so does the earthy magic of the land itself.
The Grove of Thorismud is an unconventional Gothic romance (in the literary sense of the word "Gothic"; unlike its sister novel Leirah and the Wild Man, it contains no depictions of actual ethnic Goths) and a timeless, steamy tale that coincidentally (because I wrote it in the Before Times) speaks to today's feelings of ennui, languishing at home in loneliness and boredom, fear of plague, and deep-rooted craving for revolutions both personal and social. Although it deals with dark themes, the story is playful and fun to read, with juicy twists and gratifying payoffs. My goal as the author was to write the kind of book I would have been likely to read over and over again as a young reader--back when books marketed toward, or about, young adults and teens were still wild and outrageous and filled with excitement and peril that was not just physical in nature, or political, or moral, but also emotional and sensual; books that didn't preach a simplistic message but rather broke the banks of socially acceptable concepts to open hearts and minds to the bloody mysteries of being human.
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