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This book is about Kit, a spirited, clever heroine who is forced to marry a handsome young noble under false pretenses. While this seems a rather unlikely scenario, events prove that she is by nature preferable to the wildcat she replaced and everyone comes to accept her. There are some sticky scenes while this plotline works itself out, and then we get to the heart of the story: the rebellion of Mortimer and his allies against the treacherous king Edward II. In these early days, Mortimer gets the worst of it and his faithful vassals are dragged down with him, including our hero, Kit’s husband Adam de Guirande. Poor Adam ends up in a dungeon and is mistreated in a most horrendous manner by the dastardly Hugh Despenser whose wickedness knows no bounds. Hugh takes an especial delight in torturing Adam and attempts to dishonor Kit in the process, but she manages to get around him and aid her husband whenever possible.
So the book is pretty much a struggle between the loyalists (led by the despicable Despensers) and the dissenters, (led by Mortimer). Kit and Adam fall deeply in love and indulge in several bedroom scenes (they are married, for goodness sakes!) and some immature cold-shoulder arguments. But you can’t help but root for them. They live in a world full of danger and treachery, and manage to prove that love conquers all. It’s a sweet story and very easy to read. I enjoyed it
Familiar with Paul Doherty's Hugh Corbett and Mathilda of Westminster series concerning this period of history, I can say for certain that this book has been a most wonderful addition of the history of King Edward II's reign.
The historical details concerning this tale have been very well researched and superbly used by this author within this exciting historical adventure.
Storytelling is of a top-notch quality, because every character within this wonderful tale comes vividly to life, and all interactions between these same characters, whether they are real historical people or fictional ones, are really very lifelike.
The main historical characters are on the one hand King Edward II, his adviser and bloodhound Hugh Despenser and a few loyal Barons, while on the other hand you have Baron Roger Mortimer, the Earl of Hereford and the Earl of Lancaster who start a rebellion against their King because of their animosity towards Hugh Despenser, and in the midst of it all are our main characters Adam de Guirande and his wife Kit.
The story itself starts off in the year AD 1321 and will end well in the year AD 1323, and it begins with the abduction of Kit, she's the bastard daughter of Sir Thomas de Monmouth and her mother Alaïs, and Kit is to replace her half-sister Katherine who has eloped to Spain with her lover, in a wedding with Adam de Guirande.
When news reaches Kit that the real Katherine de Monmouth has returned to England happenings start to boil up in Kit's neighbourhood, firstly with the poisoning of Katherine by Lady Cecily, Kit's instigator abductor, and secondly with the fall-out and thus war between Baron Mortimer and his factions against the King and his followers.
The book contains besides great storytelling about the Civil War in England between Mortimer and his King also the beginning of the cunningly plotting Queen Isabella who will more and more step away from her husband King and thus moving towards Mortimer, while Adam de Guirande has to suffer first the treachery by his step-brother Guy and secondly while in imprisonment the vulgair painful attention of Hugh Despenser.
And so this is a most enjoyable and fast-paced read where deceit, treachery, love and hate are highlighted in a very clear fashion, and which will thrill and entertain you with the especially sparkling passionate love-scenes between Adam and Kit within their marriage with all its ups-and-downs in a life full with danger and death.
Very much recommended, for this lady author deserves much more recognition, and because this tale is a very captivating read I look very much forward to its sequel, and that's why I call this book: "A Fascinating Begin Of This Series"!
I have already bought the second book in the series and am looking forward to reading it.
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