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Crown of Horn

Novel by Louise Cooper (UK) 1981.

Rowan Vosper was six when she last visited the small Somerset village of Barton Tavey and now she's come back again for her grandmother's funeral. She finds that the house is hers according to the will, and she intends to stay temporarily to see to all the necessary arrangements. But when she starts to have nightmares which tie in with certain discoveries she is making, she begins to feel that she belongs here and that somehow the most important part of her grandmother's legacy has yet to be revealed.

No graphic horror here: this is a tale of romance interwoven with folklore and legend, and it's a good one. The author proves that romance can be more than Mills & Boon formula stuff by injecting an intriguing plot which she develops beautifully. Cooper is an acclaimed fantasy author with many books under her belt, and here she proves that she is not limited to one genre. And her grasp of the intricacies of falling in love (from the viewpoint of both sexes) seems to be matched only by her astute understanding of small village life. You won't find too many cliches here (at least not those usually associated with the horror genre), and as long as you're not looking for gratuitous sex and gore, you won't be disappointed.


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