- Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: Dell (May 1, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0440614155
- ISBN-13: 978-0440614159
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,174,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Keeper of the Dream Paperback – May 1, 1995
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Top Customer Reviews
This is the story of Raine and Arianna set in the year 1157 when Wales and England were in constant war. Raine is the bastard son of the Earl of Chester, a horrible man who relegated his illegitimate son to work in the stables and subjected him to countless beatings and floggings and ultimately gives Raine up as a hostage to his enemies. Raine overcomes these
immense obstacles with his courage and sheer strength, driven by a strong derire to prove himself to his uncaring father, to make him see him as his son or at least as his equal. Raine's drive and ambitions eventually gain him knighthood and in exchange for saving King Henry's life he receives his own keep. Raine's dream was to someday be the Lord of his own castle and King Henry made that dream come true, however, for this dream he has to pay a hefty price. Raine is also to marry the daughter of a Welsh prince to secure not only his castle but also a truce between the two countries. This Welsh princess is as beautiful as she is stubborn and strong, and she has made it very clear that she does not want to marry the Norman bastard others call the Black Dragon.
Arianna is a Welsh "seer", a beautiful, strong girl who is not easily subdued by any man. Raine is a Norman, therefore her enemy, who has killed countless of her people and even her own brother in battle. She will not easily accept this arranged marriage not only because he murdered her brother bu also because her loyalty lies in Wales.Read more ›
He knows she's a virgin on the wedding night and is scared of him, goes for the oral sex straight away, she stabs him, he thumps her across the face - then he rapes her. Nice.
What happens from that point up until the very end of the book is a bipolar misogynistic rollercoaster ride. They have one BIG MISUNDERSTANDING after another all the way through, he lusts after her then hates her, throws her on beds then throws her away from him, takes her roughly then vows never to touch her again- for frick sake. It made me tired. I should have given up after the wedding night rape scene but stuck with it remembering the amazing reviews it received on here. Oh well, lesson learnt.
Raine is the illegitimate son of a Norman nobleman. He is a much-feared warrior nick-named the Black Dragon. He conquers castle Rhuddlan, but must nevertheless fight his legitimate half-brother in a tournament to become its lord. In the process, he must wed Lady Arianna. This illegitimate son of a nobleman is weary of fighting and wants his own land and title enough to consent to an arranged marriage. Lady Arianna is horrified by the thought of marrying the Norman who killed her brother in battle. Suffice it to say that theirs is a chaotic and emotionally brutal union. And this is only the first 100 pages! What follows is quite a beautiful and heart-wrenching read.
There is much strife, turmoil, and heartbreak in this multi-layered story. However, there is enough humor and laughter to save it from becoming depressing.
I loved this book. It is now one of my very favorites. I will no doubt hunt down the rest of Penelope Williamson's books.
Penelope Williamson sets this hard-to-find novel in the Welsh Marches in the early years of Henry II. The story begins with the siege of a Welsh castle and the death of the heroine's brother at the hero's hand. Not a promising start, especially when it is followed up by the heroine Arianna (only daughter of Owen, Prince of Gwynedd or North Wales) trying to kill the hero Raine (or The Black Dragon), in return. Raine is the illegitimate son of the late Earl of Chester, and the half-brother of the present Earl who covets the castle for his own. They also have other points of dispute between them, notably the fact that Hugh married the woman whom Raine loved but could not marry.
This backdrop of sibling rivalry, the feelings of an unacknowledged (and very poorly treated) illegitimate son of one of the great power brokers, and the war between Henry II and the Welsh princes is what drives much of the story. There is also a mysterious young bard Taliesin who is not what he seems. Arianna initially hates Raine, even as she is forced to marry him (as part of a treaty of peace between her father and the English king). The intrigues of her younger brother and a cousin cause further problems for her relationship with her husband.
This novel features one or two scenes of heartbreak. We also learn about Raine's very unhappy childhood and youth through his memories as scried by Arianna.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Whales the home of the ultimate legend. A princess of the land and the spoils of war. The conquering hero who needs a place. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sheila Sharp
What a roller coaster of emotions. This story is insanely touching. I want to cry, but it's, 0400 in the morning, and I guess I should sleep at some point. It is tht good. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Charlene B. Crowe
I cried and laughed and fell in love with Raine & Arianna. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes historical romance.Published 5 months ago by Annilee Perkins
This was a pleasant read. I definitely enjoyed it. The characters were well developed and the writing is good. Read morePublished 6 months ago by kcodvioletvix
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. The last few historical romances I have read were poorly written to say the least. This book was really an incredible read! Read morePublished 6 months ago by Romance Reader
This book will keep you up until all hours. Everything keeps to the time period. The language, the laws, the myths. This would definitely be book you must read. Read morePublished 7 months ago by connie