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Woven from the color and pageantry of the Middle Ages...From the burning passions of bold and beautiful women...From the brave hearts of strong and courageous men...Welcome to a world of chivalry and honor, of danger and desire, of legend, and of love.... These four original novellas bring to life all the romance and adventure of the Middle Ages, with the common thread ofWoven from the color and pageantry of the Middle Ages...From the burning passions of bold and beautiful women...From the brave hearts of strong and courageous men...Welcome to a world of chivalry and honor, of danger and desire, of legend, and of love.... These four original novellas bring to life all the romance and adventure of the Middle Ages, with the common thread of a rich medieval tapestry woven through each tale by an acclaimed master of historical romance...Includes the following stories:To Kiss in the Shadows by Lynn KurlandAn Interrupted Tapestry by Madeline HunterInto the Dreaming by Karen Marie MoningDragonswan by Sherrilyn Kenyon...

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Tapestry Reviews

  • ♡ Sassy ~ Amy ♡
    2019-02-17 06:03

    I am doing these as I read them, because I read so much, I forget who's who, blah blah blah...This is an anthology & each story has a tapestry of some kind in it. It is not all PNR but HR as well.The Kiss in the Shadows by Lynn KurlandThis historical romance was about a shunned girl, Lianna who was ward of the court, ugly from pock scars to her face, but had a whole lot of wealth left to her after her family was slaughtered.She meets Jason & his brother. She is poisoned & the men watch over and guard her. People are leary of Jason who has studied dark arts under "the dragon"... All 3 have something in common.This was a sweet story, but not an epic. It's a clean no sex at all romance. Just saying. An Interrupted Tapestry by Madeline HunterI was very surprised by this author. I have never read anything by her. It was good!Giselle asks her longtime friend, Andreas for 100 pounds. Her brother is being held hostage & she needs the money as payment to the kidnappers.Giselle's brother owes everyone money & they are all coming to collect. When Andreas goes to her, he interrupts several people collecting their markers, saying he is first in line because his are older. Giselle explains the ransom & they both set out to save the no good SOB. That said, it was a great story & Madeline Hunter is now added to my author list! Dragonswan by Sherrilyn KenyonChannon is kind of a nerdy jumper wearing English Major who is studying the origin & story behind a pictorial tapestry that includes pictures of dragons, as it hangs in a museum. As all SK books go, she is approached by a male Hottie Sebastion. Sebastian is of coarse an Arcadian Sentinal Shifter dragon from way back in time & Channon is his mate.Great Were story... What can I say?Into the Dreaming by Karen Marie MoningHow have I missed this story? For shame!I love her highlanders!oK...The Unseelie King has Aedynn held as a prisoner for 5 years (500 or so in faeryland terms) renaming him "Vengence"...He has been doing all the kings vengence for so long, he has forgotten who he is. The queen has rigged her magic to go against the king by filling a human girls dreams of this highlander. Terms of his release is that he has a 30 day reprieve to live with the humans & he must fall in love in 30 days or be forever held as "Vengence"Jane is his dream girl & she has to convince him that he loves her...This book was good. It was incredibly clean considering what these authors usually write,so I was kind of surprised. I am not sure it was done on purpose??? maybe?

  • Jess
    2019-03-04 01:41

    I only read this one for the Karen Marie Moning story in it. The story was supposedly part of the highlander series but the only characters in common was the queen and king of the fae. It was okay, but I wouldn't buy the book.

  • Jujubee
    2019-03-02 06:58

    To Kiss in the Shadows (De Paiget/MacLeod 08.5) Lynn Kurland 5unexpectedgem*An Interrupted Tapestry Madeline Hunter 5medieval*Dragonswan (Were-Hunter 0.5) Sherrilyn Kenyon 3*Into The Dreaming (Highlander 08) Karen Marie Moning 4.5dreamy*A fine addition to anyone's medieval romance library, with a touch of Fae magic, and tapestries as the unifing theme. 4.5*

  • Susan (susayq ~)
    2019-02-17 03:03

    I loved each of the 4 stories in here! I'll admit, I had never read anything by Sherrilyn Kenyon. This made me go download the whole series this is a part of! I got this for the KMM story, and it lived up to my expectations. It was sexy and funny...Jane writing a serial romance for the people of the village :)

  • Exina
    2019-02-25 00:54

    I've read only Dragonswan by Sherrilyn Kenyon, so no rating here. My review.

  • Kathie (katmom)
    2019-03-15 00:39

    I've read two of the stories in the compilation.First was Karen Marie Moning's "Into the Dreaming" A lovely little short story that fit nicely into her Highlander series. Aedynn has to fall in love with a mortal girl in 30 days...or be forever VENGENCE for the Unseelie King. Jane has dreampt of him all of her life, and she's going to MAKE him remember her and love her. It was fun and cute, although I find myself worried about the Fairy Queen.Next was To Kiss in the Shadowsby Lynn Kurland. I had wondered about Jason from several of LK's books...and was glad to see him find his own HEA...Lianna is marked by pox, but that doesn't cover what a wonderful girl she is. Jason has been taught to really see, not just with his eyes, but with his heart by his blind master. They learn to SEE each other and it's lovely.

  • LilaBird
    2019-02-20 03:54

    This is the very first compilation of short stories I've ever read and I LOVED it! It was so much fun to get little glimpses into the worlds these authors write in. I am already a HUGE fan of Karen Marie Moning and a new fan of Lynn Kurland, who I just recently discovered. The other two authors were new to me, but I really enjoyed them both. One really fun part about reading a romance in short story format, is that you get to the physical stuff much faster than in a full sized novel! While I do really enjoy all the build up and relationship building in a longer format -- this is quite fun too. ;)Each story is unique, with interesting characters and I found myself immediately drawn into each one as soon as they began. I wasn't bored with any of them and would love to see any of the four stories expanded into full-length novels. I would buy and read them right away!

  • Ruth Ellen
    2019-03-06 00:01

    Really good book to read. I love the different stories, Mrs. Kurlands de Piaget boys and Kenyon's Werehunters...the dragons this time. and Mrs. Moning's Highlanders. Yes, very good book.

  • Mskychick
    2019-03-02 07:58

    Liked To Kiss in the Shadows Lynn Kurlanddid not likeInterrupted Tapestry Madeline HunterDragonswan Sherrilyn KenyonInto the Dreaming Karen Marie Moning

  • Pravana
    2019-03-03 01:45

    Only read the story by Lynn Kurland - To kiss in the shadows. Sweet Book

  • Izy
    2019-02-25 03:59

    Rating~ 4.5 starsRating only for Sherrilyn Kenyon's Were hunter 0.5.

  • Kathy
    2019-03-15 03:49

    Front Matter byTo Kiss in the Shadows by Lynn KurlandLianna of Grasleigh, face disfigured by pox, parents massacred, a ward of the king (who will want to marry her off for his advantage), land rich (thus a marriageable commodity), stuck in the king’s court with a number of women who treated her terribly; (“Instead, she sat with her back to the chamber and made do with less light than was needful. Much as she did in her life.”)… and then Kendrick of Artane comes to court (an upbeat fellow, catch of all debutantes) and then his brother, Jason of Artane – who squired under the Dragon of Blackmour – a knight (and castle and family) with a black reputation; (“He didn’t mind that the souls about him suspected him of all manner of dark habits. He had been first page, then squire, then willing guest of Christopher of Blackmour for most of his life.”)And he sees past her disfigurement, to her beauty… and they fall in love… and he gets to duel with his brother for the right to her hand… and takes her to Blackmour, who is blind (hence dark, and reclusive) and his loving family… ahhhAn Interrupted Tapestry by Madeline HunterAndreas von Breman – German merchant who had befriended her brother, and thus became her friend… Giselle – with a scoundrel, entitled brother with too many schemes that lost them all they had, who was presented with a ransom for him, and nowhere to turn but to Andreas – who had abruptly cut them off 4 years earlier; Poignantly, he bought a house, though blocks away, where he could see her backyard from his upstairs bedroom window – and could just hear her harp when she played in the garden; and towards the end, she shares that she was aware of his bedroom window – knew when he was in town by the light in his window…And he cannot refuse to help her… but in great part it involves removing her illusions about her brother (for instance, 4 years earlier, her brother offered her as Andreas’ mistress in trade for money)… and though she knows he is negotiating a deal with a Greek merchant to marry his daughter and grow his business, she enjoys one night of love and connection with him… but when she shares some of her options (to live with an uncle, or be governess to a friend’s children), he offers her his heart – and to be her husband… ahhhDragonswan by Sherrilyn KenyonFrom a museum in Richmond Virginia today, to a Saxon village 600 years ago - and castle / dragon caves...Dr. Channon MacRae has been fascinated with a tapestry that tells a story of brothers, and dragons... and doesn’t have an ending... and Sebastian Kattalakis is from the past (the one who donated it to the museum 100 years earlier) and he has returned for it (to save his brother, Damos, who has been captured by dragons)...Sebastian is part dragon, part human (Arcadian - with a human heart) who fights to protect humans from the Katagaria (part dragon, part human - with an animal heart)... 1000 years ago, young Sebastian was to protect his sister, Antiphone, (who made the tapestry), but was deceived by the dragons, who called him away using the voice of his brother... and they raped and killed his sister... Sebastian, feeling guilty, did not defend himself - and has been ostracized by his people... he fights the dragons alone...Under a full moon, he can shift times... and while casing the museum, before stealing the tapestry, he meets Channon... they are charmed and attracted to one another... he ends up having sex with her... and the mating mark pops out - he is now mated to her, can only have sex/love with her - though she is still free to say no, and go on to live her life... but her mark makes her a target for his enemies - he cannot leave her...After sex, he asks her to go back in time with him - and she sleepily agrees... and then takes her changed circumstances in stride... fascinated to be in a time she read so much about... They learn each other... they fall in love... she accepts him as a beautiful dragon, and her mate... his brother escapes, having learned the truth of what happened to their sister, and offers the family hand of togetherness to him... “I fear I have bungled this... “ He reluctantly let go, even though every part of his soul screamed... She was a woman with her own mind - Nothing a woman gives is worth having unless she gives it of her own free will. It was the one law not even he would break.”Into the Dreaming by Karen Marie MoningAedan MacKinnon, son and heir of the Norse princess Saucy ary and Findanus MacKinnon, from Dun Haakon on the Isle of the Skye… falls into a forced contract with the Dark Fae King (who used him to get more time with the Light Fae Queen)… to give 5 years (which translates to 500 faery years) imprisoned to keep his family safe… with a one month clause where he could return to his home before the final committent to the king is in effect; and the Light Fae Queen (not knowing the Dark King’s agenda) is determined to foil him, and though Aeden loses himself (via centuries of torture and brainwashing) to the Dark King – to become his Vengence – But the Light Fae Queen connects Aeden and Jane Sillee in the Dreaming… (where Aeden buries her in his deepest brain) and Jane has him with her every night… and when he gets his month away the queen unites them in 1300’s in his castle… and at first he is cold, only eating hard tack, sitting waiting his month… but she surrounds him with the village people and their children who come each day to repair the castle, to teach her how to cook… and gently challenging him to think for himself…and he slowly awakens, to the world and to his feelings, and ultimately to his memories… and after 2 weeks (knowing she only has 2 weeks left) she begins seduction – baths in the hall (where he hides in the doorway to watch)… and touches and invitations to kiss… and he finally remembers – and remembers the evil he has done… and feels unworthy of her… but she opens her arms and heart to him… and the King loses his Vengence – but gains more time with the Queen, when she goes to him to gloat a bit… hmmm

  • Deb
    2019-02-18 07:04

    Rated each story individually, 3-4 stars I think.

  • Cyndi Goodgame
    2019-02-27 02:06

    First two were my favs.

  • Jay Collins
    2019-02-16 23:45

    I am not a big fan of short stories but i did find myself liking these ones and found the characters very interesting and likable.

  • Liza Robertson
    2019-02-19 02:55

    The stories started off weak, but the last one was my favorite of the ones I hadn't read. I already read Sherrilyn Kenyon's story. I absolutely crave her stories.

  • Carole-Ann
    2019-03-11 00:59

    OK two Major authors - Sherrilyn Kenyon, and Karen Marie Moning - what more can be said :D

  • Rhonda Soukup
    2019-02-17 03:47

    Read this for the Lynn Kurland stories, but they were all pretty good.

  • Wan
    2019-03-03 05:53

    Tapestry – over all this series of novellas were quite good. The first novel brought down the average for me but I enjoyed the others very much. “To Kiss in the Shadows” was a solid 2 for me. It was the story of an outcast heiress VS. an outcast third son of a lord. The heroine was the richest heiress in King Henry’s court with pox-scarred face, tortured, and mocked by her peers. The hero was a misunderstood-to-be-the-dark-warlock squire. When she was poisoned by her jealousy peers, he nursed her back from death. Two peas in the pod, they found each other and fell in love. They appreciate each other beauties from within. This is totally cream-puff. I didn’t really feel any real emotion of any of the characters. “An Interrupted Tapestry” is a solid 4. I love the story line, the characters, and all. There were so many emotions in this little novella and I felt the characters vividly. Desperately trying to save her brother from his own-doing disaster, Giselle had to swallow her pride and asked to borrow money from the one man she’s ever loved, Andreas. After the disappearance of her only brother, she found out he was kidnapped for ransom. Offering to sell the most beloved piece of art she thought she owned, the interrupted tapestry, she found out that the art wasn’t hers. In fact, none of the properties she thought she still owned was hers or her brothers. Her only brother had already lost all of the properties to bad-after-bad trades. The hard truth she had to face. Until, Andreas rescued her and confessed his love to her and asked her to marry him.-- This was a short, fast pace little novella that I really enjoyed.Dragonswan, now this story was right up my alley. I love PNR and am falling in love with Sherrilyn Kenyon as well. I love everything about this novella. Anything Mythology is my weakness, hot guy with ancient tattoos, like icing on the cake. Also this story was remotely related to SK’s Dark-Hunters Series, my new found love. The hero was a dragon shape-shifter Saxon hunk, who time-traveled to the present time to steal the Dragon Tapestry, hung in the museum in Richmond, VA. The heroine was an Ancient Civilization professor at UVA who happened to be obsessed with the same tapestry and was there at the same place and time to study it. Attracted immediately to each other, they hit it off. She did the one thing she had never done, but I’m sure she glad she did, slept with him that first night they met. He intended to leave her in her own time and place. He went back to the museum and did what he planed to do, stealing the tapestry. But at the moment, the tattoo in his hand revealed that he had found his mate. Because of his race, she was the only mate he would ever have. If he didn’t claim her, he couldn’t ever have another mate. He went back to her, asked her if she would like to go home with him, she said yes without knowing where or when it was. Awaken in his arms on a horse back in the ancient Saxon era. She found the one place she belonged and what he truly was. I read this story long time ago. It was this story that led me to buy the book. I was really into the Highlander Series. After reading the entire series, “Into the Dreaming” was okay for me. I was a good solid 3 not as great as the other. However, I still enjoyed it nonetheless.

  • Katie Michaels
    2019-02-19 05:05

    As a huge Sherrilyn Kenyon fan, I couldn't wait to read "Tapestry" for her contribution. But I was surprised to find, I enjoyed all four novellas in the anthology.The first, "To Kiss in the Shadows," by Lynn Kurland, was a historical romance. Lianna was once beautiful, but her face was marred by pox. Her family is dead but she is living as a ward of the king. She holds great lands that will one day go to her husband.The women of the court are not kind to her; they merely tolerate her and sometimes taunt her about her appearance. They are all clucking about the arrival of eligible bachelor Kendrick of Artane. But it's Lianne who catches his attention and they become fast friends. And when his brother, Jason de Piaget, arrives --there are definite sparks. The cruel women go so far as to poison Lianna in their jealousy. But they can't stand in the way of her happily ever after.The second novella was "An Interrupted Tapestry," by Madeline Hunter. This is also historical. In this story, Lady Giselle goes to an old friend, Andreas, to ask for a loan. They have not seen each other in many years, but were close in their youth. Giselle's brother has put the family in poverty with his bad deals. And it isn't until he goes missing that she realizes just how bad things are. Giselle and Andreas are instantly attracted to each other, but think their life circumstances prevent them from being together. Andreas decides to help Giselle find her brother and in the course of the search, they find their feelings for each other too difficult to ignore.The third novella is Kenyon's "Dragonswan." It is set in the Dark Hunter universe and features an Arcadian Dragon named Sebastian. He is in present day America to recover a tapestry made by his sister. He needs it as a ransom to free his kidnapped brother. He meets Channon, a historian, and they are instantly attracted to each other. They sleep together and become mated by the Fates. Sebastian brings her back to his time and their feelings for each other grow as she learns more about what he is and the problems he is facing with his own people and his enemies.Finally, our last story is Karen Marie Moning's "Into the Dreaming." This was my favorite story in the book. We meet Jane, who has dreamed of her Highlander love Aeden for her entire life. What she doesn't know is that Aeden has been a prisoner of the Unseelie King for 500 years and has become the king's hand of Vengeance. Aeden has a month to fall in love in the mortal plane and be loved in return. If that happens, he can live a normal life again. Only, he has belonged to the king for so long, he doesn't even know who he is anymore, much less the terms of the deal. He doesn't remember Jane either. She goes back in time to try to save him. It sounds complicated, but it is an easy and very enjoyable read.I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this anthologies. Most short story collections have at least one stinker, but I really liked them all. 4 stars.

  • Kathy Davie
    2019-03-02 07:43

    An anthology of four short historical paranormal romance stories that travel in time with tapestry as the primary theme.In 2002, Tapestry won the RBL Romantica Hughie Award for Best Anthology, the P.E.A.R.L. (Paranormal Excellence Award for Romantic Literature) for Best Anthology, and the RIO Award of Excellence by Reviewers International Organization for Favorite Anthology.Series"To Kiss in the Shadows" (De Piaget, 9 (8.5))"Dragonswan" (Dark-Hunter, 1.5; Were-Hunter, 0.5)"Into the Dreaming" (Highlander, 7.5)The StoriesLynn Kurland's "To Kiss in the Shadows" is a triumph of the intangible over the physical. Lianna de Grasleigh has been scarred by the pox, lost her family, and is now a ward of the King. Her only value lies in the lands she inherited upon her father's death, and she is mocked and tormented by the ladies of the court from whom she takes refuge in working on her tapestry. At least, until Kendrick and Jason de Piaget take an interest in her.Madeline Hunter's "An Interrupted Tapestry" was so bittersweet. Giselle is desperate to raise the ransom for her brother, Reginald, and finally turns to a friend who had abandoned her years ago, Andreas, hoping to sell a family heirloom to him. A tapestry she has treasured. Except. She learns just why it is so difficult to raise the funds just as she learns why Andreas left.Sherrilyn Kenyon's "Dragonswan" follows Kenyon's usual pattern of the scholarly, less-than-desirable woman who attracts the sinfully handsome. [I always feel like there is some hope…*grin*] In this case, Channon is a history professor fascinated by the Dragon Tapestry. No one knows of its origins or the tale behind it. At least, not until Channon meets Sebastian, a Sentinel exiled by his Drakos patria. Doomed to an eternity of loneliness. He thought.Karen Marie Moning's "Into the Dreaming" was tense for Jane had only 30 days in which to force Aedan MacKinnon to remember his human life, to remember her before he would be forced to return to his role as Vengeance for the Unseelie King, for the Seelie Queen has magically woven a tapestry by which Jane and Aedan met in the Dreaming in an attempt to thwart the Unseelie King. To save his family, Aedan had agreed to be imprisoned for five years…the Unseelie simply didn't explain how they counted those years…The Cover and TitleThe cover barely reflects the main theme of tapestry for this anthology of short stories. It's simply a twill sort of weave with faint vertical blue stripes alternating with cream in the background and a band of tapestry bisecting across the center with three roses in full bloom.The title is the theme, Tapestry.

  • Maura
    2019-02-22 01:54

    A Kiss in the Shadows - Lynn Kurland - 3/5 - This was good. Set in the middle ages, our heroine is an heiress with scars marring her beauty, while our hero is a third son and knight looking to make a name for himself and with a dark reputation (not very well deserved though). They are accompanied by his brother, a lighthearted and easygoing rake. The hero falls in love with the heroine, protects her from evil bitches at court and fights to win her hand. A clean romance (they don't even kiss til the epilogue) but a good one that held my interest. An Interrupted Tapestry - Madeline Hunter - 3/5 - I really liked this story. But was bothered by some aspects of it. Giselle has been living with her brother who makes all kinds of bad investments and seeks help to save his life from Andreas, who has been in love with her for years but is on the verge of a business merger/marriage. While they are together there are some hurt feelings and resentment, but they eventually come to realize the attraction is mutual. What I don't like is that all the while he is wooing her and trying to get her into bed, he knows he cannot offer her anything because of his upcoming alliance-marriage. And yet he continues to pursue her - even knowing he's going to break her heart (and his own for that matter). I wasn't a fan of how cold Andreas felt at times. Dragonswan - Sherrilyn Kenyon - 4/5 - Love this one! This is the story that got me hooked on the were-hunters! I love that this guy is a dragon from a long time ago, but has the ability to jump back in time. I admit, I thought Channon was a bit weird to take being back in the past against her will so calmly, but the steamy love scenes, the love story and the world building got me past that.Into the Dreaming - Karen Marie Moning - 3/5 - Not my favorite by this author. She writes some amazing stuff, but this one was lacking in my opinion. It reminds me of a Kinley MacGregor story I read about the Knights of Avalon... Basically this guy has been without any emotion or compassion for so long that he is very cold-hearted and it is up to the heroine to melt through the ice in order to release him from his prison sentence. I didn't "warm up" to the hero in this book very much and the interactions felt unrealistic.

  • Lord Rose
    2019-03-07 06:00

    Lynn Kurland: To Kiss in the ShadowsI would have liked to see more falling in love between the hero and heroine. It seemed like they just kind of did. And I wanted to see more on the hero's black reputation.I wanted to see more of the first half of the story, with the hero and heroine interacting, and less of the second half, which seemed like fluff and revisiting previous characters.Madeline Hunter: An Interrupted TapestryThis one was cute.Sherrilyn Kenyon: DragonswanI kind of felt like I was missing things, which I suppose is what I get for reading a random mid-series book. This had one of my major novella problems, that of cramming far too much into a single day. In no way did I believe the characters had fallen in love, and the mate stuff just seemed to force them together without actually having to get to know each other.Karen Marie Moning: Into the DreamingThe story seemed rather Tam Lin-ish, which I liked. I felt kind of cheated on the romance aspect, though. The characters apparently fell in love through dreams, so throughout the entire thing the heroine already loved the hero, while he remembered nothing and resisted. It was kind of frustrating, and I would have liked to see more of their falling in love besides the mentions of her dreams.And although it made me quite curious about the Seelie queen and Unseelie king, I still don't want to read the Fever series. (I'm stubborn like that.) I might relent one day, I don't know.Something that's been bothering me in the series: tomatoes do not exist in Scotland in the 1400s. They're from the Americas, and Columbus had only just gone in 1492. Furthermore, people thought they were poisonous well into the 18th and 19th centuries. Corn is another nonexistent 15th century crop. Corn can refer to other grains, but when put right next to tomatoes, which there is absolutely no excuse for, it doesn't look good.

  • Megan
    2019-02-21 01:39

    I only read the novella “Dragonswan” by Sherrilyn Kenyon because it is part of her Dark-Hunter series. I do not think good reads gets the numbering right, so for the purpose of my reviews all the Dark-Hunter novellas in anthologies are not “officially” part of the series, since very few of the characters in the novellas are ever mentioned in Ms. Kenyon’s full novel series. So, for my reviews I am going to give them half numbers. “Dragonswan” is number 1.5 (meaning that it comes after “Fantasy Lover,” but before “Night Pleasures.” “Dragonswan” is just an okay book. You don’t have to read any of the Dark-Hunter series in order to understand this book. This book is more of a Were-Hunter book, except that instead of part wolf, the hero (Sebastian) can transform into a dragon. All of the other rules apply, such as mating etc. This probably should have been a full length book, because this story is around 80 pages everything is so fast. Sebastian falls in love with the heroine, Channon MacRea (human), a scholar. They have sex within the first 20 pages… yeah right. They fall in love without really knowing the other person… yeah right. I think the heroine mainly falls in love with the hero at the end because he is dying… Nightingale syndrome. But, if you want to read EVERY SINGLE book or novella in Ms. Kenyon’s series, then I guess you’ll have to read this one too.

  • Kitty
    2019-03-08 08:02

    This book contains four short stories by various authors. I bought it right before a vacation, thinking that the shorter stories would help the plane flights go faster, and because these are all authors I've wondered about, but haven't read. It was a success - the flights went quicker, and I got a taste of four new authors.I enjoyed all four stories, but didn't absolutely love any one of them. Lynn Kurland's had sort of a nice "message" about seeing beyond a person's appearance, and it was a sweet story. Madeline Hunter's was touching, but I think it lost power in the short form. Sherrilyn Kenyon's was a bit jarring at first - pretty much jumps into the hot and heavy sex before it endears you to the characters, but once the story developed, I really enjoyed it - the closest to what I'd called paranormal romance. Karen Marie Moning's was interesting, definitely closer to the "fantasy" genre, but again may have lost something in the short form. I think I might have had less trouble buying the fantasy story if I was more invested in the characters. I'd categorize all four as romance, with a little magic and/or fantasy, all taking place in an earlier time, though two of them involve modern-day women and a little time-travel to get there.If you're looking for the best these authors have to offer, I'm guessing this isn't it. But if you just want a taste of all four, this was a good way to get it.

  • Valerie
    2019-03-13 06:06

    Tapestry is anthology with four different authors: Lynn Kurland, Madeline Hunter, Sherrilyn Kenyon, & Karen Marie Moning. Each of the stories has a tapestry that plays a prominent role in the story line, hence the title of Tapestry.I originally bought the book for the Lynn Kurland's story, To Kiss in the Shadows, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that I really liked three out of four of the stories in the anthology. The only one I didn't really like was Into the Dreaming, but even that was well-written, it just wasn't my cup of tea.To Kiss in the Shadows is my favorite out of the four. Jason is one of my favorite de Piaget characters and I enjoyed reading his story. He's a wonderful, humble, well-rounded character. He's as fierce with a sword as any of his brothers, but unlike those brothers, he doesn't hide from his compassionate side.I also really enjoyed Dragonswan by Sherrilyn Kenyon. I was a bit surprised because I don't usually like her style of writing, but I found this one intriguing and fascinating. It's well-written, has wonderful characters and is just a joy to read.I would definitely recommend this to anyone who likes historical romance or paranormal romance.

  • Linda
    2019-03-09 01:05

    Anthology with four short stories. Fun reads, love and HEA, just how i want it. Lynn Kurland´s To Kiss in the Shadows, Lianna hides while in the court to be wed, trying not to show her face since she´s scarred by the pox. She´s saved from torment by Jason who´s there to find his brother before he leaves for France. Really felt sorry for Lianna and her suffering and loved the HEA. Going to read more from Lynn Kurland.Madeleine Hunter´s An Interrupted Tapestry, Lady Giselle seeks help from her childhood friend she lost contact with, to save her brother. She´s facing loss of all she´s ever had including her brother and her last hope is with Andreas, but will he help and what will it cost her? Loved this one and you could feel how hopeless she was. Sherrily Kenyon´s Dragonswan, a Dark Hunter short story, Sebastian, a Dragon is trying to save his brother and meets Channon by chance. Loved it and love returing to the Dark Hunter world.Karen Marie Moning´s Into the Dreaming, the Seelie Queen is planning to save a mortal from the Unseelie King, her only chance is letting Jane and Aeden meet in their dreams and hope for the best when his month back home is due. Loved it and love Moning´s Highlanders.

  • Kerry
    2019-02-16 03:38

    DRAGONSWAN by Sherrilyn KenyonREREAD #1: 8/10 (31 December 2005 - 31 December 2005)This is probably my favourite of Kenyon's HunterLegends short stories. Of course, it has a dragon in it - and a super sexy one at that - which gives it a good head start. Sebastian is a lovely character; I love the way he always tells Channon the truth and because of the situation, she initially takes it all as a joke. She is strong and clever and takes things in her stride in a realistic kind of way. Perhaps because this is a short story, although it has many of the usual trappings where the hero keeps agonising over whether he can subject the heroine to his dangerous lifestyle, it's in character here and doesn't go so far as to be annoying. There's a nice explanation of the creation of the Were-Hunters that I probably didn't pay full attention to the first time as I didn't know how important it would become. I like the reason why dragons can't safely live in the 20th (or now the 21st) century and I really like Channon and Sebastian. I hope we'll get to see them make a guest appearance in a later book.[Copied across from Library Thing; 17 October 2012]

  • Lauren
    2019-02-22 05:02

    OVERALL:To Kiss in the Shadows by Lynn KurlandAn Interrupted Tapestry by Madeline HunterInto the Dreaming by Karen Marie MoningDragonswan by Sherrilyn Kenyon - 3 starsI really think that the only reason I sort of liked this short story was that it added more information to the Dark-Hunters series as a whole. I know it is only a short story but the plot seemed to be lacking somewhat and the characters, even for a short story, seemed highly underdeveloped and I did not really like either one of them. Dragonswan is about a scholar named Channon MacRea that is studying an ancient Dragon Tapestry. She seems to sense a special connection with it and an underlying meaning in the supposed mythology. Sebastian appears one night; unbeknownst to her, Sebastian is a dragon himself, who holds the mysteries of the tapestry. The story seems to end really abruptly and the conflict is resolved far to quickly, I think this might have been a better story if she had actually turned it into a full-blown novel.

  • Umme
    2019-03-18 23:38

    I read this book because the short story "Dragonswan" was listed as part of the Dark-Hunter Series. However, I really didn't see the connection. The story itself was good, it felt rushed but I guess it had to be since it was a "short" story. I believe that if it was an actual book, it would have been really good. I am just getting into the Dark-Hunter series, so I wanted to read everything and in order but I strongly feel this story does not relate to Fantasy Lover and Night Pleasures. So if you want to get this book just for this story, you can do with out it. Unless you want to read everything by Ms. Kenyon, who is becoming one of my most favorite/respected writers in this genre. I have not read the other stories in this book but maybe I'll check them out later. So the 4 stars are just for "Dragonswan" and it would have been 5 stars if I didn't feel like it was rushed. To think about it I guess I wanted more which actually means it was really good!!!