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Lusielle's bleak, but orderly life as a remedy mixer is shattered when she is sentenced to die for a crime she didn't commit. She's on the pyre, about to be burned, when a stranger breaks through the crowd and rescues her from the flames.

Brennus, Lord of Laonia, is the last of his line. He is caught in the grip of a mysterious curse that has murdered his kin, doomed his people and embittered his life. To defeat the curse, he must hunt a birthmark and kill the woman who bears it in the foulest of ways. Lusielle bears such a mark.

Stalked by intrigue and confounded by the forbidden passion flaring between them, predator and prey must come together to defeat not only the vile curse, but also the curse giver who has already conjured their demise.

©2013 Dora Machado (P)2014 Dora Machado

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Myth and fantasy

A great read as you travel the curse lords life and ancestry with the option maker being the heroine of the book br

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  • Amanda M. Gray
  • 31-03-15

4 POV

What could Dora Machado have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

If the book was written from one character's point of view, or even two characters' points of view. Four characters was too much and I began skipping chapters if it was about the two characters I found boring. I also thought the dialogue was forced. It seemed like Ms. Machado was struggling to make her characters use odd words and phrases just because they sounded "old timey". Overall, most of her characters' dialogue was very stilted.

What character would you cut from The Curse Giver?

The manservant and the guard servio

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  • Valerie Ward
  • 23-07-15

Story went on forever.

The story was alright, but took too long getting there. The rhyming names made it annoying trying to remember when they were.

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  • Vicki montgomery
  • 29-08-20

I got lost a lot

I agree with the review I read about this book it was told in a 4 person dialogue I got lost I really can't see what happens in the book it wouldn't hold my interest

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  • Alexandra C.
  • 14-03-20

I love the book

It is complex, full of details, great romance, adventure and mystery. I just wish we get more details about the characters appearances, besides that, I love the book, the story and the characters. Definitely recommend this one.

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  • Mandy
  • 07-03-20

pace and narrator

I struggled to finish this book not because of the story but the narrator. There was also a little bit of an issue with the pace of the story. Listen to the sample and if the narrator doesn't grate on your nerves like she did mine give it a shot.

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  • Joan
  • 18-02-20

So good but so long.

I listened to this book at 1.45 beginning 1.60 end
Author: Dora Machado

It still amazes me how some people can have such a wonderful imagination. This story if full of Lords, ladies, Scorsese, curses, herbal medicines.
Plot. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ stars
Story. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ stars & why

Heat. none flames

Narrator.: Melissa Reizian Frank
Betrayal of the story.🥇 GOLD
why: When you have to keep looking to see that yes there is only 1 narrator then you know she's Great. New narrator for me but definitely going to look for more books betrayed by her.

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  • Jessica
  • 28-06-18

Good story

Overall good read. There were a few times I had to go over a section or chapter again to get all of the information and details, but even then a few things didn't make sense to me. I would definitely re-read to catch everything.

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  • Timster
  • 07-10-14

Excellent storyline, excellent performance

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This is a story that is difficult to put down. The narration was well adapted to the characters and I could easily visualize the story as it unfolded. Great job and Thank you!