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Maiden and the Monster Paperback – April 30, 2007
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4 1/2 STARS! A perfect blend of history, emotion, tension, hot sex and fascinating and sympathetic characters...the writing is superb. Pillow chooses magical details to set the scene. -- RT Magazine --2007 RT Reviewer Choice Award WINNER!
"4 1/2 Stars! This book is a classic love story. It is the kind of story a reader enjoys getting lost in." --Ecataromance Reviews, April 2006
"4 1/2 Hearts! I did not expect the plot twists that the author devised ... This one is a definite keeper." --Reviewer: Maura Frankman, January 30, 2006
"4 1/2 Angels! Michelle Pillow takes her readers on a journey back to Saxon times and delivers. You can just close your eyes and see everything before you." --Fallen Angels, April 2006
" 4 STARS! Those readers who enjoy a bit of historical charm in their romance will find Maiden and the Monster a wonderful book to read." --Just Erotic Romance Reviews, December 2005
From the Author
I love historical romances. They were my first love and hold a special place in my heart. The story of Maiden and the Monster is especially exciting to me because it was the first National Award (RT Award) I'd ever won and my first big acceptance speech which I'm sure I babbled through like a kid on candy. Thank you to all the readers who have made this book a success.
Note from the Author
In 878, King Guthrum and his vast nation of pagan Vikings (Also known as Norsemen or Danes) had rule over half of Briton. Though initially they came to the shores to raid and pillage, they were now settling in their newly conquered land. A powerful race, the Vikings were said to be nigh unstoppable. And before the Christian King Alfred of Wessex, known as Alfred the Great, they had gone relatively unopposed.
During this time, the Danish king was at war with King Alfred, which culminated at Whitshire, in what is known as the Battle of Edington. This was the last significant battle between the two kingdoms and Alfred won. Now the tides of power were turning. Guthrum and his Vikings were on the losing side.
After experiencing decisive losses, the Danish king signed the Treaty of Wedmore. The Treaty allowed Guthrum to leave with the provision that he never returned. Furthermore, the land was divided in two parts--Wessex and what later became known as the Danelaw (Northumbria, East Anglia and Essex).
In accordance with the treaty's demands, King Guthrum had to leave several men from his army in Wessex. There the soldiers resided as political hostages--an insurance of peace between the two kingdoms. If Guthrum broke his promise never to return, the hostages would be killed. As part of the treaty, the pagan men were also made to convert to Christianity.
Often noblemen and knights held as prisoners were given leave to move freely, held only by their word of honor. It is in this rocky political climate that our hero finds himself. A prisoner of a foreign king, surrounded by the very people he'd been at war against.
Though the events surrounding the story are fact, the characters, places and story itself are a work of fiction. --MichellePillow.com
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This has got to be some of THE worst writing I have ever had the misfortune of encountering. The terrible grammar, use of incorrect vocabulary, long drawn-out descriptions of the hero's clothing right at the start......there are so many issues with this author's writing that I actually can't be bothered to list them all. This book is an excellent argument for why all authors need to employ the services of a good editor. I strongly doubt whether the author herself actually bothered to read it through more than once after writing it.
To give you some examples:
She uses the wrong phrases/words in several places in the book: "excursion" instead of "exertion", "...a soft smile of assurance clouded her pretty face...", "Let's get to the keep, lest the duke won't be in a mood to hear aught but his own wrath." It is jarring, to say the least. If you are an American author, wanting to use historical Anglo-Saxon phrasing, for heaven's sake, make an effort to do so correctly !
The story-line jumps and wanders all over the place, assuming the reader knows what remains unwritten in the author's mind.The "heroine" is supposed to be a prisoner, but suddenly starts ordering the servants around the second the monster hero leaves the castle, and they obey as if she is the lady of the manor, rather than a captive.
One final example of the sad evidence of this author's laziness is in the name of the hero: Vladamir. There is, and never has been such a name in Danish or Nordic cultures. The CORRECT spelling is Vladimir, a name common in Slavic nations such as Russia, and Eastern European cultures. If you can't even be bothered to research your main character's name for believability and correctness, then please don't write - go do some embroidery or something less strenuous.
It really irks me that people can produce such rubbish and take other people's money for it.