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Dark Irish Knight: Medieval Romance (Montbryce~The Next Generation) (Volume 1) Paperback – April 3, 2013
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From the Author
If only my heroes and heroines had revealed their stories to me in chronological order, it would have made life so much easier for you! If you prefer to read sagas in chronological order, here's a handy list.
1066--If Love Dares Enough
1087--A Man of Value
1097--Dark Irish Knight
1100--Passion in the Blood
1106--Dark and Bright
1107--The Winds of the Heavens
1107--Dance of Love
1120--Sweet Taste of Love
1124--Wild Viking Princess
About the Author
Anna Markland is a Canadian author with a keen interest in genealogy. She writes medieval romance about family honour, ancestry and roots. Her novels are intimate love stories full of passion and adventure. Following an enjoyable career in teaching, Anna transformed her love of writing and history into engaging works of fiction. Prior to becoming a fiction author, she published numerous family histories. One of the things she enjoys most about writing historical romance is the in-depth research required to provide the reader with an authentic medieval experience.
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Dark Irish Knight is an installment in a series that began with the romance of one medieval couple and then continues down the line with the romances of their children. This makes for many hours of great reading for those of us who want more.
I will not recount the plot of the story as others have done so. Suffice to say that this was a bitter sweet romance, true to the medieval era. The Hero and Heroine are true to themselves.. Although, Rhoni the heroine initially appears to be a spoiled ninny she gradually cloaks herself in the dignity, strength, honor, and integrity with which she raised with and so proves to be a worthy, likeable, heroine. Ronan. the hero is a manly man even after having been tortured and maimed, and he too remained true to himself and the ideals and mores he embraces, while he reconciles himself to the losses he has suffered.
There are many familiar characters in this story as it is a series, which is why I love series. We get to see what happens to the rest of the family, and this is a large family. Each person is painted in a little more detail so when their story is written the reader knows them well.
The only distracting piece in this story, perhaps because this was peculiar to the era, and the country, is that many of the names begin with R, making it confusing until each is firmly placed on the reader's mind.
The editing in this tale is remarkable, the flow of thought was clear and the pace was brisk. I am eager to continue this family saga but reluctant to leave Rhoni and Ronan behind. However, I know I will see more of them in the future.
Just because a novel is a love story, doesn't mean one can not learn from it while being entertained and Anna Markland is a master of this type of novel, one of the very few who are. Her books are worth every penny and more. Anna Markland-Salute!
Set in Ireland, Wales and England in 1097, this is the story of Ronan, Lord of Tur MacLachlain, nephew of the King of Munster. Tortured and robbed of his lands, he sets out to avenge the murder of his wife, unborn child and his people and in Wales meets Rhoni de Montbryce, the admittedly spoiled daughter of the Norman Earl of Ellesmere. She is twenty and still unmarried (a bit hard to believe in medieval times but apparently she had an indulgent father). When she meets Ronan, she is smitten and Ronan is instantly in lust. But first comes Ronan's vengeance; he decides he must have help and not coincidentally decides to seek the help of Rhoni's father.
I found it difficult to believe that a man who had been brutally tortured, his eye put out with a hot coal, and who is barely alive would get a hard when he opens his one remaining eye and sees a pretty girl. Likewise, it was difficult to believe that same maiden would have an experienced woman's sexual reaction to seeing that tortured man. It was just a bit too much and too early into the story for me. I expect sexual tension and desire in romance, of course, but lust at every breath is a bit unnatural, especially for the historical setting of knights and their ladies. The "love" between Ronan and Rhoni came on too swiftly or in any event I wasn't persuaded. Though the other characters insisted it was "obvious" they were in love I couldn't see it.
There's a fair amount of action for those who love it (I do) and some good medieval wrangling over lost estates and corrupt earls, but otherwise not much history here. Still for those who love the series, this is a worthy installment and likely will appeal.