Books by Roberta Gellis

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A Tapestry of Dreams

Imagine you’re watching the History Channel. They’ve got a lovely six-part miniseries about 12th century Northumbria just before the Battle of the Standard, and you decide, “Hey! I don’t know anything about that historical period, let’s check it out!” You’re enjoying the diverse cast o ...

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Alinor

I first read Alinor, the second volume in the Roselynde Chronicles, when I was a student in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK. I came across volumes one to three in a used book store, and was in romance heaven. (It took me almost eight years to track down volumes four to six.) When I reread Alinor for reviewi ...

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Desiree

Unquestionably, the author's Roselynde Chronicles are considered a classic in the genre and are well-loved by many readers. Though the story of Alinor, Simon, and those who came after them already seemed complete, when Gellis wrote a new novel set during the gap in time between Roselynde and Alinor, ...

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Overstars Mail: Imperial Challenge

Overstars Mail: Imperial Challenge is an old-fashioned space opera, kind of like a cross between Star Wars and an E.E. "Doc" Smith novel. The story began well, dragged a bit in the middle and then ended screaming for a sequel. Cyn, the hero, is a fantastic character, but the supporting cast doesn't ...

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Lucrezia Borgia and the Mother of Poisons

How many authors could write a mystery series featuring a madam running a brothel and paying rent to the Catholic Church in 12th century London? And how many of those could turn around and begin a new series starring Lucrezia Borgia? And in both cases make those characters sympathetic and their stor ...

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Shimmering Splendor

The story of Cupid and Psyche is, hands down, my favorite myth. So many other myths end unhappily with people being turned into flora because of personality flaws or being sentenced to drag a rock up a mountain for eternity for daring to defy the gods. Depressing stuff. In contrast, the tale of the ...

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Masques of Gold

I was never much of a history student. Dry text books just didn't hold my interest. Because of my love for adventure, intrigue and romance, much of what I've learned about medieval England has been gleaned from historical romances. I believe Roberta Gellis is one of the best at producing vivid and a ...