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- File size : 1983 KB
- Publication date : September 28, 2020
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 355 pages
- Publisher : Timelight Press (September 28, 2020)
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- ASIN : B08GSWZHGX
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Language: : English
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #153,374 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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In this novel, young Eleanor, aka Noor, is shuttled into an arranged marriage with a man she has never met. Robert FitzStephan has been a loyal ‘yes’ man to the king. This is a page-turner that had me worried about Robert and Noor. Robert’s former mistress, a Welsh prince being hunted by the king that Robert serves, and Noor’s outspokenness spell trouble throughout the book for these two. There is a compelling love story. (There are also a few graphic sex scenes, but just squint & turn the page if you’d prefer.) The antagonists are not black & white. You’re never quite certain if they will end up helping or destroying Robert and Noor.
Highly recommended. ***4.5 stars rounded up to 5***
I received an ARC for an honest review, but also purchased this book.
His Castilian Hawk by Anna Belfrage is one amazing historical! When I first started reading Historical Fiction I was hooked on the Medieval Ages and was fascinated with Sharon Kay Penman's Welsh trilogy, so this felt like being back with old friends.
Set during the time when the English King, Edward I, was trying to gain control of Wales. One of his most loyal men, Robert FitzStephan, saves the life of the King by striking down two men who were trying to kill him. Those two men happened to be the father and brother of Eleanor d'Outremer. King Edward I rewards Robert by giving him Eleanor's hand in marriage and her lands. Can you imagine having to marry the man that killed the only family you had left?
Their relationship starts off rocky as you can imagine, but the more time they spend together the closer they become and they soon develop true feelings for each other. There will be obstacles to overcome - especially from Robert's ex-lover Edith and Eleanor's (called Noor) loathing of how the English are treating the Welsh. She is half Welsh herself and much to Robert's horror, she speaks her mind about what she thinks - despite the danger in that.
Queen Eleanor takes Noor under her wing and teaches her the way of court and about her own family history.
I absolutely loved Noor. Watching her develop from a timid young girl to a confident and clever woman. A small brown Hen turned into a Hawk. I wasn't a fan of Robert straight away but he grew on me and I loved their relationship.
There's nothing that Anna isn't a master of with her books. The action scenes, the dialog, the history, character development, and setting are always on point. I especially love how she writes romance. It's sweet and hot at the same time.
I highly recommend His Castilian Hawk and I cannot wait for the next one in the series!
Top reviews from other countries
Robert FitzStephan is an illegitimate son of a nobleman and one of Edward’s loyal men-at-arms. As a reward for his service, he is given a knighthood and lands through his marriage to Eleanor d’Outremer (called Noor). This is an honour for Robert as Noor is related to Edward’s queen on her mother’s side, but it’s also a complication as Noor is kin to the Welsh royal family on her father’s side. Noor and Robert’s relationship grows from a hastily arranged marriage that neither are excited about to something deeper and loving. But will they survive a displaced and vengeful mistress and the political turmoil they find themselves in?
This is a story of divided loyalties—long-time mistress vs wife; king vs family. The political turmoil in Wales and the lengths that Edward went to conquer Wales, particularly the fate of the sons of the vanquished Prince of Wales, is truly heartbreaking. Given Noor’s kinship with the Welsh royal family and her refusal to turn her back on her relatives during their time of need, even knowing the ramifications to her family if they’re found out, is gripping and tense storytelling.
A historically rich story set against the backdrop of a tumultuous and troubling era with a healthy dash of romance makes for a highly recommended read. Looking forward to the next instalment of Noor and Robert’s adventure.