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Product Details

  • 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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It has been a long while since a book left me in awe at the sheer brilliance of it. In fact I can't recall the last time that happened and as far as I'm concerned this book cannot be rated because it is off the charts. It is that incredible!
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.
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It took me 5 hours to read the frickin book and I would say only the end is worth reading. I got a hint at where the story was going right after the big bad black knight storms the castle kills the heroines brother in front of her (so she hates him) she keeps attacking him yelling murderer, he shrugs it off calling her a whore, she is then told she has to marry him by her father, just before the wedding she throws water at him which lands at his feet throwing specks of mud on his boots, he tells her she has to clean it off on her hands and knees in front of everyone, rips her dress to use as a rag - and she does it!
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.
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I could not put it down. KEEPER OF THE DREAM is deeply emotional, beutifully written, and filled with as much laughter as tears.
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.
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I have a real weakness for this period and this region, ever since I fell in love with the world of Brother Cadfael (created by the late Ellis Peters). Recently I stumbled across a rather tattered copy of Keeper of the Dream, and thought the title sounded familiar (it was rated highly by All About Romance).
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.
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