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The Black Knave Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 2000

4.2 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Scottish Trilogy Series

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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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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 412 pages
  • Publisher: Jove; Reprint edition (July 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0515128643
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515128642
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1.2 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,700,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on July 4, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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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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This story is a Scottish retelling of the Scarlet Pimperneil. It is fairly well-written though the author loses the thread of the Scottish brogue several times through the story. The back plot in the story is refreshingly believable, though it takes place over just a few months. Three things I did not care for that earned the 2 star rating: 1)The author makes a valiant effort to try and give us reasons why the heroine falls in love with the hero, however she just isn't very convincing. 2)The end of the book is fairly anti-clamactic and the element of danger the author is trying to convey is only brought about by terrible choices by the hero and heroine--something fairly out of character for her and completely out of character for him. It felt like the author just threw in the drama to try and add interest to the book. And for her to be able to write another sex scene-which is another issue. 3)There were several fairly graphic sex scenes in the book. They weren't dirty, per say, and the characters were even married, but I, for one, would like a little warning in the book description that the book contains adult content. I got this book on sale, but won't be bothering with the rest of the series.
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This was really a cleverly written book; both main characters were complex and interesting. The hero works hard to be a vain, swaggering gambler without morals or character, while secretly saving Jacobites. The heroine is trying desparately to avoid her husband and get to the person who is saving Jacobites in order to enlist his aid. The fact that they are the same person is told with spirit, interesting twists along the way, and some humor. A really fine read.
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THE BLACK KNAVE IS THE FIRST BOOK OF Patricia Potter's Scottish Trilogy. The author sets the scene and develops the story
just enough to make the reader continue with the other two books. The characters are likable and the stories are very entertaining.
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THE BLACK KNAVE, WAS A GREAT BOOK. I RECOMEND IT PATRICIA POTTER HAS A WAY WITH A STORY. THIS IS AN EXCITING BOOK WITH DANGER AND LOVE, IT WILL MAKE YOU WONDER HOW EVERYONE CAN BE SO STUPID AS NOT TO FIGURE OUT WHATS REALLY GOING ON. BETHIA IS TRYING TO SAVE HER ELEVEN YEAR OLD BROTHER, AND MARRIED FOR CONVIENENCE, TO A SCOTTISH REBEL. DURING THIS TIME SHE IS SEARCHING FOR SCOTLANDS HERO. SHE IS NOT AWARE THAT THE BLACK KNAVE MIGHT JUST BE THE LOVE OF HER LIFE.
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