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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (July 6, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451211286
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451211286
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,706,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Four years of bloodshed is enough for Ciaran Tamberlane. Even though he had pledged his life to serve God and the Knights Templar, he can't take the slaughter of innocents any longer, so he leaves the Holy Land and the Templars, disgraced, excommunicated, and branded a traitor. While in exile in England, Ciaran stumbles across a massacre of an innocent village in which only one woman is found alive. Ciaran brings her to his castle, where his seneschal, Marak, a gifted healer, manages to save her. But Amaranth de Langois would have preferred death, since her brutal husband, Odo de Langois, has sworn to find and severely punish his disobedient wife. Now to get to Amie, Odo must first cross Ciaran, who discovers that there are some people for whom it is still worth fighting. Canham's beautifully crafted historical features a brutal but fascinating medieval setting, a plot that deftly explores the idea of faith and honor, and superbly nuanced characters. John Charles
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"A welcome escape."
-- starred, Publishers Weekly (Publisher's Weekly ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

I was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. Writing mostly historical romances set in many of my favorite periods and themes: medieval, pirate, regency, Scottish. My books have won many awards from Romantic Times, including Best Historical of the Year, Best Swashbuckler of the Year, Best Medieval of the Year, Storyteller of the Year, and I have twice received Lifetime Achievement Awards. The Iron Rose won accolades from Publishers Weekly for being one of the seven best fiction books of the year. My novels have consistently appeared on USA Today bestseller lists. Nasty rumors of my retirement have been greatly exaggerated.



Check out my website at www.marshacanhamebooks.com

And my blog, Caesars Through the Fence at www.marshacanham.wordpress.com

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Customer Reviews

It definitely taps into our interest of the mysteryious Templar Knights as historical romance readers.
Tara A. Green
A few things I could have breezed over or ignored in return for a tighter plot and more interesting romance but in the end, there were just too many for me.
IRRS
Along the way the two also find out they are in love with each other and while they both feel that this is wrong you watch their love grow.
Tanya L. Schaub

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By IRRS on November 28, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'm sorry I can't love Marsha Canham's last novel. I barely like it. I had read the reviews when it was first released and had hoped that I would agree with the better ones. Alas and alack the mention of the slow middle, the weak heroine, weak romance, the disjointed plot and the problems with the hero's retainers mirrored mine own. Certes, methinks mine grade maybe slightly lower.

Brief plot: Amaranth is fleeing from her second abusive husband and takes refuge in a village on the land of excommuncant Templar knight Ciaran Tamberlane who saves her from the killers sent by her husband. He takes her back to his remote castle, learns her history, meets her loutish evil husband and vows to deliver her to the

convent of her choice to escape. Then some derring-do is thrown in at the end

about King Richard returning from his captivity after the Third Crusade.

I have some major questions about things that happen in this book. I might

be reading it wrong or be totally off base in my understanding but...a) if

Ciaran is a Templar, wouldn't he be a monk and therefore unable to marry?

Or does the fact that he was excommunicated release him from his vows?

And if he's excommunicated, wouldn't that mean that no Christian could

aid, abet or have anything to do with him? Especially marry him?

And why would Father Michaelus at the Abbey turn to Ciaran for

help in getting King Richard home? A man of God asking for help

from a man cast out of the Church?

b) peasants can't count? What? They have fingers, they have toes.

c) how did Amie manage to blend in with the few retainers and serfs that

Ciaran has at Tanier?
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Tara A. Green VINE VOICE on November 14, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
What is it about the Templar Knights that mystify us as readers of the historical romance genre? Is it that they are monks, or that they have taken a vow of celibacy? Perhaps it is that they are religious warriors that have taken up the sword for a cause. Whatever the reason for our great interest, author Marsha Canham takes us directly into the heart of this fascination with Templar Knight, Ciaran Tamberlane. Ciaran becomes disillusioned during his journey into the Holy Land, as innocent lives are slaughtered before him and everything he believes to be true about the Templar Knights is carelessly tossed aside by the heartless and merciless Knights he fights with. He can no longer watch the brutal killings and follows his own heart abandoning his sword and retreating into self-imposed exile back to England. As a reader, you can decide what you find so interesting about this sort of character. It definitely taps into our interest of the mysteryious Templar Knights as historical romance readers.

Amaranth de Langois (Amie), has been married before to an old and abusive man, and upon being sold again to the highest marriage bidder, this time to the brutal Lord Odo, she has reached her limit of abuse and has decided to fight back by attempting to kill him. Amie, fleeing her vengeful husband, finds herself on Ciaran's land. Brutally attacked and wounded she is brought back to his castle and is cared for by Marak, a healer who nurtures her back to health.

As these two tormented characters come together (Ciaran and Amie), their attraction is almost tangible. Author Marsha Canham builds up this story through excellent character development, not just with the central hero and heroine, but also with the secondary characters.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. B. Gove on May 24, 2010
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I am usually an avid reader of Marsha Canham but this book just seemed too long and not as engaging as some of her other books. I was disappointed.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Neilisa on October 31, 2006
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Ciaran Tamberlane is a former Templar and knight of the Crusaders, disillusioned by the Crusades. He took his oath to join the holy order with all the dreams of an idealist and followed his king to Jerusalem where harsh and cruel reality stripped him of his ideals. Tiring of the abject cruelty and torture heaped on the helpless and the defenseless, Ciaran turned on a fellow Templar and cut off his arm to save a girl and her child from his cruelty.

Consequently, Ciaran was excommunicated and expelled from the holy order. He quietly returned to England and took up residence at Taniere castle where endless nightmares and guilt robbed him of sleep.

While hunting, Ciaran and his knights happened upon a village under attack by unknown mercenaries. The mercenaries were well into their attack, murdering everyone in sight, when Ciaran and his group fought and chased them away. Only one survivor was found: a young woman teetering on the edge of death.

Ciaran's healer is able to save her and they quickly discover her identity. She is Amaranth de Langois, cousin to King Richard, and she is running away from her husband, whom she almost killed on their wedding night. Amaranth's life has been plagued by torture and cruelty at the hands of her first two husbands. When she almost killed her second husband on their wedding night, he was about to beat her for supposedly making a pass at his brother.

When Amaranth's husband arrives at Taniere Castle to look for his wife, Ciaran hides her away, but he knows he cannot keep her hidden for long. With only a few options at their disposal, Ciaran reluctantly agrees to Amaranth's plan: to escort her to a distant abbey where she can live in safety.
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