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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 412 pages
  • Publisher: Jove; First Edition edition (July 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0515128643
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515128642
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #874,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The first volume in a new Scottish historical trilogy, Potter's latest novel takes a noble hero with a dangerous secret and a Jacobite heroine determined to save her young brother, forces them into a marriage of the King's convenience, and lets the fireworks begin. Set in the turbulent times following the Battle of Culloden, this fast-paced adventure, vaguely reminiscent of The Scarlet Pimpernel, is riddled with deception and treachery, and as the protagonists work toward their separate goals, they have little idea that their ultimate purposes are so closely aligned. Well-drawn, memorable characters, compelling action, and Machiavellian political intrigue add to a story that Potter's many fans will be waiting for. Potter (Chase the Wind) is a popular writer of Scottish and Western historical romance and lives in Cordova, TN.
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Her story stood out from the rest.
Adrianne Burgess
With an historic backdrop and wonderful characters, this book is an all-time favorite, unmatched in excellence even by Ms Potter's other books.
Bethany Mathis
She handled herself like a trouper through all the ups and downs.
Juliet Stefan

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on July 4, 2000
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His father and his older brother thought he was a wastrel. His father openly hated him for walking away from the wholesale slaughter of innocent women and children at Culloden. However, not long afterward his brother trips and dies on his own blade and a low lying tree branch kills his father. Rory Forbes becomes the Marquis of Braemoor, a position he does not want.

Cumberland forces Bethia MacDonnell to marry Rory, who she feels is pathetic. He dresses like a wimp and she heard he cowardly fled the battlefield even if he fought for her enemy. She needs the help of the brave Black Knave to rescue her brother held hostage by Cumberland. The Black Knave has saved numerous Jacobites from the wrath of the victors sending them to safety in France. As Rory and Bethia find reasons to distrust and loathe one another, they still fall in love. However, she needs a champion not a loser like Rory, even if at times he seems so heroic.

THE BLACK KNAVE is a retelling of the classic Scarlet Pimpernel that makes Patricia Potter either a raving lunatic or an intrepid, confident author. After reading the historical romance, readers will realize that the awesome author pulls off a coup as she freshens up both the Pimpernel premise and the overwritten post-Culloden novel. Rory and Bethia are a wonderful couple who fall in love amidst the ruins of war and its aftermath. The story line is action packed and never allows the reader to sit back as Ms. Potter provides her audience with a thriller.

Harriet Klausner
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chandler Smith on March 9, 2005
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Rory Forbes actually fit the definition of a hero. And he was so good at it. He was just so sexy, and handsome and loyal to those he cared about. Can't get much better than him. A wonderful, wonderful book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jerzygirl on October 27, 2008
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After the death of his father, Rory Forbes becomes the new Marquis of Braemoor. He neither wants the title nor the bride that he is forced to marry per the King's order. The Jacobite bride was even less pleased but was forced to marry to save her younger brother who was being held prisoner. In her eyes only the Black Knave can save her and she needs his help desperately. Little did she know, he is closer than he thinks.

Rory and Bethia hate each other from the start and his fake persona of being a gambling, empty headed wastrel isn't helping matters. You cannot help but love Rory. He is sensitive to her feelings, even though he can't let her know. He is strong, noble, kind, gentle, and has a good heart. Bethia is strong, brave and determined and does not sit back and accept his treatment of her. She makes the most of her situation and doesn't whine and cry like others would in her situation. She fights him tooth and nail although her attraction to Rory is growing. Little by little she sees through his facade, and sees the wonderful man underneath. When I say little by little that's exactly what I mean and the reason for the four stars. It had a tendency to drag a little while they got to know each other better. It wasn't a very fast paced, exciting book, but it did have all the qualities of a good book. The character development and plot were both excellent. The end was just as it should be with all the t's crossed and i's dotted.

I recommend this book highly, just don't expect it to keep you on the edge of your seat. It had more of a laid back feel to it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bethany Mathis on March 10, 2005
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With an historic backdrop and wonderful characters, this book is an all-time favorite, unmatched in excellence even by Ms Potter's other books. Rory Forbes is the sort of character who will stay in a reader's memory for a long while, as will Bethia. It was such a rough and tragic time in history to be alive but they survived, although it's hard to believe they would have had too many peaceful years further on in their marriage, given the unrest of the eighteeneth century.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Juliet Stefan on March 9, 2005
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This guy, Rory Forbes was spectacular in his many disguises. And he was such a handsome, intelligent man, any woman would have been lucky to be married to him. Bethia realized it before long,too. She handled herself like a trouper through all the ups and downs. A great woman.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jaime Egar on March 8, 2005
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This is the type of book that isn't easy to put down once you start reading it. It was so intertaining, so 'on the edge of your seat' and also romantic. Ms. Potter is no MADELINE HUNTER when it comes to love scenes, but they were sweet nonetheless, if evasive.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shelby Wallace on March 8, 2005
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I'm not easily impressed but I found this novel to be outstanding!!! Rory Forbes was fantastic, handsomely portrayed, and I think even the Duke of Cumberland was charmed by him. Bethia was a gem, although she and Jenna (The Diamond King) are almost identical in personality.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kelsey Bogg on March 7, 2005
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This is one of those rare books you hate to put down; it was SO interesting. Just an outstanding plot based on actual events in history, and absolutely wonderful characters. I thought Rory was magnificent.
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