- File Size: 3019 KB
- Print Length: 325 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Dreaming Tree Publishing, LLC; 2 edition (October 25, 2014)
- Publication Date: October 25, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00NRIOB7K
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #906,915 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Emerald Silk (Coin Forest Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Now of marriageable age, Kadriya, product of an English father and Gypsy mother, finds herself caught between two worlds. Raised in the Gypsy life, she is rejected as a "suitable" bride by English peers because of her Gypsy blood. She feels her only option is to return to her Gypsy heritage and has accepted the marriage proposal of Teraf, leader of a nearby Gypsy tribe. Although she does not love Teraf, she knows she is accepted by his people.
Sir John Wynter is a knight under the auspices of Richard, the abbot of Cerne monastery. Richard is of the nobility, but chose to serve God after fighting alongside John during the wars with France. Longtime friends, John followed Richard, becoming his lead soldier in protecting the monks, widows and orphans under the monastery's care. John, brave, honorable, and loyal also harbors a deep loathing of Gypsies, deeming them "thieving heathens."
When an emerald chalice is stolen from the monastery, John is sent to recover it and bring the thieves back for trial. Unfortunately for him (and lucky for us readers), the accused thief is none other than Teraf, Kadriya's betrothed!
And off we go! What follows is a tale of passions, deceit, prejudice, loyalty and duty. Will Kadriya's strong loyalty to her Gypsy roots make her oblivious to the manipulations of those around her? Will John learn to overcome his blinding hatred to see below the surface of people unlike him? Is Teraf a thief and murderer or a Gypsy king defending his tribe? And the biggest question af all -- how does one choose between true love and the vows of honor and duty without losing one's soul?
Janet Lane's tale is filled with boldly drawn, very interesting characters and her wonderful depictions of life in 1400's England draw the reader in to a world not often seen outside of history books. I love being captured by characters and tales of places long ago and far away. I have already purchased Book 3 and hope to enjoy it as much as this one.
"I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review."
A completly revised Review -Update 5-16-2016 - A re read with a buddy.
I will admit the second read was better, I guess I saw more details missed on the first go of it. I also feel that the discussions I have been having with Andrea (my buddy read) opened my eyes to some new aspects I overlooked and took for granted, Therefore I revised my rating to 4.5 stars.
Although this can be a stand alone I highly recommend reading these in order to get the full backround of the characters.
I want to say I adore authors who do their Historical research. Thank you Ms. Lane!! I am sorry for not mentioning this in my original review. After having recently read so many other HR's that have lacked accuarcy and believability I have a new appreciation for all the hard work Ms. Lane must have endured.
A brief summary:
Here the story continues with Kadriya, adopted and raised by Sharai, now grown and betrothed to gypsy king Teraf. Teraf is accused of stealing a holy relic chalice, is arrested and taken from the camp by Sir John and his knights to stand trial. Kadriya believes him innocent. She plots to ambush (with other tribe members) the knights in hopes of freeing Teraf, but it goes awry. Teraf is not freed but knight Sir John is injured so she (and a few tribe members) take Sir John hostage.
Sir John is a judgemental man, and loathes gypsies. The long and short of it is, Kadriya and Sir John go on a quest to find the chalice and eventually fall in love. Kadriya is only half gypsy (and half English) and struggles with finding her identity and place in the world while at the same time, she tries and succeeds at changing Sir John's views of her people.
The beginning was a bit slow and the action level was not as high as in "Tabor's Trinket," but it did not cause me to skim. The pace and action pick up considerably about 75% in and continues to climb until the end. The characters were likeable and complex, although I didn't feel as connected with Kadriya as I did for Sharai, she was still a wonderful and strong heroine. The romance build up was slow, natural, believable. I did not feel the connection between Sir John and Kadriya as I did for Stephen and Sharai until near the end of the book (About 80%).
I plan to (and have) continued with the series. I love this author and will continue to read her work.
For my friends who have concerns regarding the hero:
He was married before, but his wife left him for another man. He does not have any feelings for her anymore.
He had been without a woman for a very long time, years.
He never cheats or strays from Kadriya
Aside from a brief mention of his first wife there are no OW mentioned and nothing of any other past women.
He is not a manwhore. He is very honorable and sweet.
Other concerns some may have:
There is violence, but IMHO it is mild
I don't recall much if any swearing
There are some some loving scene but nothing harcore
No insta love
No editing issues I could see
I have and would certainly continue to recommend this book to friends.
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