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Product Details

  • Series: A Gareth and Gwen Medieval Mystery
  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466367741
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466367746
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (383 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #579,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

From Medieval Mysteries:

The setting in 12th-century North Wales - Gwynedd - is so convincing that it's as if you have left 12th-century Paris and London and York ... and travelled to another country ...  An enthralling story, sympathetic characters and a visit to another time, another culture. What more can you ask of an author?

From the Author

Books by Sarah Woodbury

The After Cilmeri Series: 

Daughter of Time (prequel)
Footsteps in Time (Book 1)
Winds of Time (novella)
Prince of Time (Book 2)
Crossroads in Time (Book 3)
Children of Time (Book 4)
Exiles in Time
Castaways in Time
Ashes of Time
Warden of Time

The Gareth and Gwen Medieval Mysteries:
The Bard's Daughter (prequel novella)
The Good Knight
The Uninvited Guest
The Fourth Horseman 
The Fallen Princess
The Unlikely Spy 

Arthurian and Paranormal Historical Fantasy:
Cold My Heart:  A Novel of King Arthur
The Last Pendragon
The Pendragon's Quest

More About the Author

With two historian parents, Sarah couldn't help but develop an interest in the past. She went on to get more than enough education herself (in anthropology) and began writing fiction when the stories in her head overflowed and demanded she let them out. While her ancestry is Welsh, she only visited Wales for the first time while in college. She has been in love with the country, language, and people ever since. She even convinced her husband to give all four of their children Welsh names.

With over 300,000 books sold, Sarah is the author of 18 novels and 2 novellas, all set in medieval Wales. She is currently working on the next Gareth and Gwen Medieval Mystery.

She makes her home in Oregon.

Please follow her online at www.sarahwoodbury.com or https://www.facebook.com/sarahwoodburybooks

Sarah's books include:

The After Cilmeri Series:
Daughter of Time (prequel)
Footsteps in Time (Book 1)
Winds of Time (novella)
Prince of Time (Book 2)
Crossroads in Time (Book 3)
Children of Time (Book 4)
Exiles in Time
Castaways in Time
Ashes of Time
Warden of Time

The Gareth and Gwen Medieval Mysteries:
The Bard's Daughter (novella)
The Good Knight
The Uninvited Guest
The Fourth Horseman
The Fallen Princess
The Unlikely Spy
The Lost Brother

Arthurian and Paranormal Historical Fantasy:
Cold My Heart: A Novel of King Arthur
The Last Pendragon
The Pendragon's Quest

Customer Reviews

A little slow in the beginning and it felt like a modern investigation in a historical time but the plot was good and I never saw the ending coming.
LAS
Woodbury has created an interesting plot with some unexpected twists and well developed characters with histories carefully intertwined into the story.
Nan C
The author seems to be familiar with Welsh history, and has a nice addendum to the story telling about the historical figures on which this is based.
J. Frazier

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

82 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Eille on September 22, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I've been looking for something to satisfy my Brother Cadfael craving for years, ever since my beloved Ellis Peters passed away, and I've never quite found a series that filled in the gap until I read The Good Knight. It's an absolutely fantastic read, historically authentic with a wealth of period detail and great insight into both the political situation and daily life in medieval Wales. What I loved most of all, though, was exactly what I love so much about the Ellis Peters books: in Gwen, the author has created a fiesty, intelligent heroine who can hold her own even in a very male-dominated world. And romance! A romance that is sweet without being at all sappy, just wonderfully done. Sarah Woodbury, hurry up and write the next book in the series, because I can't wait to find out what happens to Gwen and Gareth! I hope they have as many adventures together as Brother Cadfael!
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100 of 114 people found the following review helpful By Yvonne Stephenson on February 5, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
This book was like a modern crime story plunked down in the middle of Medieval Wales. Aside from some of the characters being based on the names of actual persons who lived in the 12th century the rest of it is modern as it can be. Knights in the 12th century used a broad sword. They used daggers. They were called sir. They did not speak in the jargon of a modern crime scene investigator. There was a distraction that broke the flow of the fictive dream on nearly every page.

I wanted to like it and I was curios to learn what happened. Even the ending was a disappointment. The title is the Good Knight. I expected the story to be about the Knight. It was not. I wanted the language and the descriptions of life to feel authentically historical and larger than life. I wanted to find a character that I cared about. I found non of those thing things. What this book needs is a good editor and publisher who will help the author fix the worst of its flaws.

That being said, Gareth's surname Rhys, is on my family tree, so it can't be all bad.
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41 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Sue Owen on November 5, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book was written just for me. It had me in it as the heroine. A nobody that made a name for herself and got the man of her dreams eventually. A hero that was dashing, daring, and a damn nice guy and a really bad villain that no one guessed was bad. It had all the right ingredients for a super incredible book. I loved it from beginning to end.

I think what I liked most about this book is the ease it was to read. It didn't have any fancy speech, no huge words that I had to look up and no terms that I didn't understand. It was written with an easy-going style that I found relaxing.

The story was believable, the characters easy to fall in love with even if you didn't want to and it had enough twists and turns to keep me guessing throughout. I wouldn't change a thing. Definitely a must read over and over again.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Book lover on February 25, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
It is a stretch to call this historical fiction. Very little history, a simple mystery and a romance novel is the sum of this book. It may be enjoyed by readers who read romance novels or young adults.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful By LDavis on December 8, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
While the writing style is good (which can't always be said for ebooks < $5), I feel the author could have developed the characters background stories a lot more. I also had no sense of time or place, since descriptions were sparse. I couldn't picture where the characters were or what they were wearing, or even what they looked like, and I found this quite distracting. I read historical fiction (Ellis Peters, Sharon Kay Penman, Dorothy Dunnett, Allison Weir, Jack Whyte, Ariana Franklin, Edward Rutherford, the list goes on!) in order to be (temporarily) transported back in time, and this book, while it definitely has potential, didn't quite deliver me there.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By GRB4 on October 11, 2011
Format: Paperback
I saw this book on a table at a friend's house, picked it up, and started reading. I finished it in two days. The story starts out quickly and doesn't slow down. The heroine is strong-minded and active without being over the top, and the author does a good job of balancing action, mystery, and romance. Welsh politics figures heavily in the story, so the cast of characters and map are helpful for those of us who don't know much about the history or geography of Wales. Ultimately I found this book to be both fast-paced and substantive.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By H. Krull on April 12, 2014
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Dont like blasphemy in my books. There is no need to use the name of my Saviour as a swear word
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Anisahoni on December 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
Sarah Woodbury's writing magic and deep grasp of Welsh history transports us into a moment of major crisis. Poor Gwen and goodly Gareth are torn apart in 'A Good Knight' by the thorny intrigues and double motives enveloping the court of King Owain after the murder of King Anarawd. Dr. Woodbury's storytelling gifts and understanding of how real people might feel navigating a perilous time of royal upheaval forced several good cups of coffee to go cold while waiting for me to finish turning the pages. Enjoy!
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