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    Lucan by Susan Kearney
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  • Published: Sep 1st, 2009

Kearney_LucanThe Pendragon Legacy – Book 1
Reviewed by:  PJ Ausdenmore
4.5 Stars

No children have been born on Earth for two generations.  Pollution has left her inhabitants sterile and the human race faces certain extinction but one man, archeologist and linguist, Lucan Rourke believes there is a way to reverse the sterility.  He’s heard the legends of King Arthur, the Knights of the Round Table and the mythical Holy Grail, a cup supposedly containing healing properties that legend says Arthur left in Avalon.  Explorers have searched for Avalon for centuries without success but now, deep in a cave in the shadow of Cadbury Castle, Lucan has found a star map, thousands of years old, yet more accurately detailed than if it had been produced with today’s space telescopes – a map detailing the path to a moon named Pendragon, King Arthur’s last name, and printed below the moon, a single word – Avalon.  All Lucan has to do to save his planet is find the Holy Grail…in Avalon…on Pendragon…on the other side of the universe.

A member of Pendragon’s scientific team, Lady Cael also is searching for the Holy Grail, hoping to use its healing properties for the good of her people and to save the life of someone very dear to her.  As her people’s healer and High Priestess, she has been set apart from others since the age of five, both feared, and revered, fated to spend her life alone, never touched and never loved.  Only Lucan, the newest member of the scientific team working to unlock the secrets of Avalon, has ever looked beyond her title and treated her as a person, as a woman, but she dare not encourage his interest for every Dragonian knows the penalty for touching the High Priestess is swift and irreversible.

When the scientific team is betrayed by those who seek the Holy Grail for corruptive personal power, it sends Lucan and Cael running for their lives.  From freezing mountain tops to blazing beaches to secret caves and tunnels, they must learn to trust one another and work together if they hope to defeat the evil forces and free the Holy Grail.   They must also deal with the blazing attraction between them.  Lucan is a “well-traveled” man and Cael is virginal but when she is finally awakened to the pleasure of Lucan’s touch she becomes a force to be reckoned with.  This is a woman who knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to demand it and Lucan is definitely up to the task. (pun intended)  The sex is hot, passionate, at times almost animalistic in intensity, yet excruciatingly tender at others.  These two seem to have been made for each other but secrets, Cael’s unique heritage,   Lucan’s desperate need to save his planet, a corrupted military and another “offworlder” who may or may not be an ally, threaten to tear them, and their respective worlds, apart.

Susan Kearney captivated me with her action-packed, emotional tale of Arthurian legend, intergalactic space travel, dragonshapers and other inhabited worlds throughout our vast, and largely unexplored, universe.  To be honest, I couldn’t turn the pages of this book fast enough while, at the same time, I didn’t want the story to end.  Luckily, LUCAN is the first book in Kearney’s The Pendragon Legacy trilogy which means I have two more to look forward to.  RION, the second book in the trilogy will be released November 24th

3 Responses to “Lucan by Susan Kearney”

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  1. Laura
    on Sep 1st, 2009
    @ 7:05 pm

    Hi PJ,

    What a great review. I have been in a slump where reading is concerned, this sound like just the thing for me.


  2. PJ
    on Sep 1st, 2009
    @ 9:25 pm

    I hope you enjoy the book, Laura. Please let us know!


  3. Susan Kearney
    on Sep 2nd, 2009
    @ 8:41 am

    Thanks so much for the wonderful review. And if anyone wants to see a cool video for Lucan it’s posted on
    http://www.susankearney.com

    And you have my permission to put it here too–I just don’t know how!

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