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The Last Arrow

Although The Last Arrow can be read as a standalone, I don’t recommend it.  There will be spoilers for earlier books in the Robin Hood trilogy in this review.   In Through a Dark Mist, Lucien Wardieu (aka the Black Wolf; aka Lord Randwulf de la Seyne Sur Mer, champion of Queen Eleanor of Aqu ...

B
In the Shadow of Midnight

Note: Although In the Shadow of Midnight can be read as a standalone, I don’t recommend it.  There will be spoilers for Through a Dark Mist (Robin Hood #1) in this review.   ItSoM begins with a prologue.  After a failed attempt to reinstate himself as a claimant to the throne of England, Ar ...

B+
Through a Dark Mist

I'm currently having a love affair with medieval romances, and two recent blog posts (HERE and HERE) only fueled the fire.  Friends, I’m also squarely in the Shana Abe camp: ... if you insist upon immersing yourself in the nitty-gritty of everyday medieval life (and let me warn you, it isn’t p ...

D-
The Rebel Heiress and the Knight

I have never seen a medieval cover before that accurately depicted a heroine with her hair covered, and that raised my hopes that The Rebel Heiress and the Knight would be an immersive, well-researched experience. I’m sorry to tell you that the cover is the only thing I can praise about this dull, ...

A
Desire Lines

The Welsh Blades series is darker and significantly more complex than most of the historical fare I read; its heroines are strong and powerful - far from cookie cutter in every way.  Clever, complicated and thought-provoking, each of the novels in the series has engaged my heart and mind in equal m ...

A
The Dark Knight

As a fan of medieval romances, I’m so, so excited to have discovered this buried treasure. Venetian nobleman Dante Chiaveri’s parents were murdered by his grasping uncle, so Dante and his sister fled to England, where Dante grew up to fill the role of the King’s Assassin. Everything is in p ...

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The Princess

Elizabeth Elliott’s fine Montagues series follows another young woman through a new marriage in Medieval times in the aptly titled The Princess. The widowed-young Isabel Plantagenet of Ascalon, Dowager Countess of Rheinbaden in Germany, possesses a spine of iron – which is a good thing when s ...

B-
Hidden Honor

My stack of books is much more varied than it used to be, but it still leans heavily toward historical, category romance and romantic suspense.  Rather than dither over it, I just pulled out a historical romance at random and we were off to the races.  The book in question? Hidden Honor, a 2004 re ...

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Fair, Bright and Terrible

Fair, Bright, and Terrible is a companion to The King’s Man, the first of Elizabeth Kingston’s Welsh Blades books. It’s not absolutely necessary to have read that book first, although I found it helpful  and would certainly suggest doing so to anyone interested in reading this one. Fair, Brig ...

D
The Warlord's Wife

I've read more than a few books that started off well, but floundered as I moved along. However, The Warlord's Wife follows a less common path. The first half or two-thirds of this book is painfully terrible, so awful in fact that I found myself wondering if F- might possibly be a grading option. Bu ...