Rowena Sudbury lives in southern California with her husband, son, and their wonderful rescue dog. Her love of reading was born in the fifth grade, and she began writing soon after that. Writing has always been her passion and escape from the real world.
Rowena finds herself thinking through the minds of her characters quite often, to the point that she always has to carry a small journal with her so she can capture their thoughts and weave them into stories when she gets home.
From the moment I read the first page of this book it sucked me in and never let me go. Besides portraying a touching love story this author achieved something which very few historical romances did for me. I felt as if I am truly visiting another era. I mean, I know she never gave us the exact time frame and the exact location, but it truly felt as Anglo Saxon middle ages to me. I do wonder if some traditions she describes were indeed true to real life, but even though I did not research this era, it felt to me as if it was.
And of course I found the love story to be simply fascinating and engrossing. I am also very impressed that she used a plot twist that I usually HATE with the capital H to create the tension between protagonists and I loved it.
A number of things initially attracted me to Rowena Sudbury's "The King's Tale." I was intrigued by the fact that it is a historical novel, and the blurb and the small excerpt of story were both promising. But as much as I would like to say that I never judge a book by its cover, I have to admit that the true reason I picked this book up was the visual impact of its cover art. This is a physically attractive novel - from the cover, to the script used, to the small graphic at each chapter opening - and for all that this is an electronic novel and not a tree book, I itched to hold it in my hand as soon as I stumbled across it online. Now that I've read it, I'm even more enchanted. I was amazed to find that this is Ms. Sudbury's first published novel, because this story is simply excellent. It is beautifully written and emotionally gripping, and it will pull its readers out of their armchairs straight into the Middles Ages in Great Britain.
I stayed up late finishing this novel - very late - and probably sniffled my way through a third of it. And while this may have led to a case of slightly burning eyes the next morning, it was worth it. I enjoyed every single page of this story. It was touching, exciting, sometimes violent, and it held me absolutely riveted until the very end. The setting incorporates a realism that I found to be captivating. There is beauty, but there is also squalor and filth. These kingdoms are not those of fairytale castles and rainbow-hued unicorns. Rather, they are places where life can be struggle for survival on a daily basis.
"The King's Tale" revolves around the characters Dafydd and Christopher, two men who are opposites yet who complement each other so perfectly that they seem to have been created by nature specifically for that purpose.Read more ›
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When I read a gay romance, I expect to read about gay relationships, not heterosexual intercourse. I enjoyed this book fairly well up to that point, but lost interest immediately once the heterosexual relationship began. I understand the reason for it, but it ruined the whole story for me. If that sort of thing doesn't bother you, then by all means buy and read this book. If you don't want to read about heterosexual sex, then I'd skip this one if I was you.
A well-written story, beginning like a fairytale and slowly unfurling into a dramatic historical love story. Christopher and Dafydd are both depicted as strong men, determined in their purposes, one the king of a country from time immemorial distrustful of the other's birthplace. If there's anything I take exception to in the story, it's the fate of Stephen the porter, the unknowing pawn in Marged's abduction. Dafydd begs mercy for the men who insult and besmirch his own name but asks none for a man who innocently thinks he's following his king's command, and that seems a bit odd. Stephen is thrown into a dungeon and never mentioned again.
This novel was supplied by the publisher and no remuneratin was involved in the writing of this review.
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