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- Publication Date: September 17, 2019
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A KNIGHT WITH MERCY was okay, but it was a story that honestly just never stirred my emotions. And with the heavy subject matter (anything dealing with the abuse of children or dogs almost always touches my heart) it really should have. However, I just never felt a connection to either Mercy or Richard, nor did I sense a deep and abiding love between them. And though I don't require sex for a book to be romantic, other than a few kisses there was no real passion evidenced either. Instead, the story focused more on a mother's love for her child and the actual romance between Richard and Mercy seemed to be more of an afterthought than anything else, and was ultimately lacking in that regard. In the end this book wasn't terrible, but it was missing something that I can't quite put my finger on. I was hoping when I picked up this novella that it would evoke the feelings and emotions that Kathryn le Veque's stories usually do, but I'm sorry to say that it did not.
Kindle Locations: The story itself ended at 92% and location 1925 of 2101.
The first 51% of the book was repetitious to the point of being tedious. The pattern that kept repeating itself was basically this: We have a problem; we must do something; there's nothing we can do. I don't think so much space was needed to establish the tone of despair and helplessness. I was mentally screaming, "We get it. Enough, already!"
Second, Richard sees Simon exiting the Cathedral late at night , yet no point is developed. How is this incident integral to the plot? Is Simon in collaboration with the Bishop? If so, perhaps Richard could reflect for a moment on all the "signs" that he had missed. Also, if this is the case, what is Simon's motivation and how does he continue to affect the plot? A connection between Simon and the Bishop is not developed nor is this incident alluded to elsewhere in the story. If Simon 's being there late at night is not significant, why include the incident at all?
Third, when Richard meets Father Stephen, a long-time friend of Mercy's, he places an inordinate amount of trust in the man. I say inordinate because Richard has reason not to trust anyone, especially associates of the church. Richard had not even trusted Mercy this easily even though she had no clerical connection and had saved his life at a risk to her own well being. Additionally, Richard had reason to be suspicious due to inconsistencies in the priest's behavior that I think someone as alert as Richard would have noticed. Furthermore, Father Stephen was not developed well at all. If Father Stephen felt he had a duty to report wrongdoing to the Bishop (ie, his turning in Richard), why did he take it upon himself to defy the Bishop by choosing to hide and abet four runaway boys for whom the Bishop was openly searching? Why did he not report the boys to the Bishop? Was he aware of the Bishop's behavior and, therefore, defied church law by keeping quiet about the boys? If he had reason to doubt the Bishop, though, why report Richard? Then, as Richard is about to be caught, why did the priest suddenly do another complete turn about and try to help Richard escape? The priest's basic character is not consistently developed. With so many behavioral changes, I would think a reason would be stated. Was he being threatened? bribed?
Fourth, I thought the book ended too abruptly? There was not enough reason given for Richard and Mercy to suddenly assume the town would be safe from abuse of church power in one form or another. After all, the Bishop had not acted alone. His soldiers had shown their own form of cruelty to the people. After being able to wield such an uncontested abuse of power, what is to say these soldiers would not continue to do so? So, why would Richard, of all people, be so naive as to just return the children and go on his way without putting safeguards into place? Or if he did add safeguards, why not mention something to that effect? Moreover, as for the children who would live with Richard and Mercy, what was the "plan"? Would Richard go to his estate where everyone would be able to live a "normal" life? Or, would they continue to run/ travel about? I think the book needed an epilogue, similar to the one in the first book, where all the loose ends were tied up and all the men reconvened to reconnect. It would not even have to be called an epilogue. It could just be an additional chapter, but it seemed to me that the book just dropped off a cliff instead of finishing the tale.
Had there been a third book in the series, I would not have purchased it.
So far, the best Medieval series I've read is the Alex Grant series by Kiera Montclair. Perhaps I am being unfair to O'Donnell since I already have the Montclair series in mind as the standard for good Medieval novel writing. As I mentioned earlier, though, the first book in this O'Donnell series is well developed and this second novel has potential, so I'm not limiting my reading to Montclair's work. I would consider reading a revised edition of A Knight with Mercy should it be written.
If you enjoy historical romances, and if you like stories about medieval knights, you might enjoy this book. It kept me turning the pages, hoping that Mercy and Richard prevail against the odds.