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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
The idea if sworn fealty to a lord, as a common knight would, is difficult to understand, but reading this book gave me a much better understanding. I have to thank this author for her substantial lesson in the depth of a Knight's obligations to his lord.
The romance is deep and strained, but well done all the same. The writing is fluid and easy to feel.
Definite recommendation to readers of historical fiction and those who like a good romance.
I have already bought the second book in the series and am looking forward to reading it.
Anna Belfrage has a way to transport a reader into another time and place, into the people of her story. When I opened the pages of In the Shadow of the Storm, 2015 was left behind. The sights, smells, and sounds of the early 14th century became home, though it is not necessarily warm or safe.
Forced to assume the identity of the half-sister she did not know about, Kit becomes the wife of the unsuspecting Adam de Guirande in an arranged marriage that neither wants. The two fictional protagonists fall in love though Belfrage throws doubts and obstacles in their path every step of the way. Their relationship and Adam’s allegiance to Mortimer, enemy of Edward II and Hugh Despenser, leads to tension, heartache, edge-of-the-seat action, and drama. This kept me turning the pages, even when I wanted to slap Adam for being Adam. He can’t help being a 14th century man. But I know enough of medieval times to recognize that Ms. Belfrage gets it right: she gives us a very realistic picture of society, customs, and culture wrapped inside an excellent story. Kit recognizes her place as a 14th century wife, but she is a strong and independent woman. I found myself rooting for Kit and Adam throughout the book. (Did I mention the steamy sex scenes? Quite lovely.) And the antagonists? Oh dear… every time one steps on scene, I cringed.
Enter Kit’s life. Her fear is our fear. Her joy is our joy. I highly recommend this book. It is a wonderful read. I will definitely be reading Book II in the series.
Disclaimer: I was given an ARC (advance review copy) in exchange for an honest review.
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