Born from the fire of a palace coup, the relationship between the king of Avistad’s son Prince Tahj and the captive girl Bashea burns with a passion that neither of them quite understands. The pair is drawn closer together as they face enemy soldiers, a screaming panther, even the scathing winds of a desert storm.
After what she has been through, Bashea is afraid to trust and her fiery nature is both what appeals to Tahj and what drives him crazy. It takes a long separation to bring them back to each other, but when Tahj does return, it is once again during a battle with his greatest enemy, Lord Boltar. But now Lord Boltar, who has been forced beyond reason by Tahj’s success in retaking the throne, is an even more dangerous threat than before. Reunited, will Tahj and Bashea be strong enough to defeat their twisted and powerful enemy?
Review: This is the second book I have read by M. J. Schiller and it lived up to my expectations. Ms. Schiller pulled me in from the very first page and she was able to hold my attention to the very end. While reading Taken by Storm I was transported to a fantasy time period and was caught up in a story of adventure, action, suspense and romance.
The characters were well developed. Tahj was the crown prince of Avistad who was not well liked by his father’s adviser, Lord Boltar. Tahj was young, innocent and somewhat naïve. Bashea is a sheepherder who came from a close knit family. She was kidnapped and sexually abused by Lord Boltar and his men who then left her in the prince’s room. This was meant to be gift but it was really a trap in disguise. The attraction between Bashea and Tahj was instantaneous which I found a bit puzzling in light of the fact of what Bashea had endured at the hands of the men from the palace. Inspite of Bashea’s feelings toward the prince she was not sure if she could trust Tahj as she was not certain if he was responsible for her attack. A volatile situation within the palace walls as Bashea and Tahj running for their lives. It was at this point that Bashea’s real nature was revealed. She is smart, sassy and independent. It was these traits that drew Tahj to her. The romance between these two was not without its obstacles. They had to fight for their happily ever after.
Taken by Storm is about betrayal, jealousy and murder. The story depicts the lust for power and the lengths one would go through to achieve this. It also depicted the beauty of having strong family ties.
Ms. Schiller writing style made me feel as if I were actually a part of this fantasy. The descriptions were so vivid and realistic that I felt that I was living everything through the eyes of the characters.
This was a beautiful love story and I enjoyed every moment.