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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.
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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