Intertwined by life, destined by love, torn by their very natures...
Whetshire Fortress, Wessex, A.D. 1171: Since birth Lady Ginevra has been betrothed to Lord Wolfram, second son to the Count of Whetshire. There was never any question as to whom she would marry or who she would be. Life has been mapped out for her and she's going to live happily ever after as a Countess. However, there is one complication to her plans. Her rogue of a future husband isn't taking to their life together with open arms. In fact, he seems to enjoy finding reasons to put the nuptials off.
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If you enjoyed Emerald Knight by Michelle M. Pillow, you might also like Maiden and the Monster, The Mists of Midnight, and the Realm Immortal Series also by Michelle M. Pillow.
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Emerald Knight caught me in a bit of a quandary. I didn’t know if I wanted to like it or not. Picking it up I hadn’t realized that it was more historical and as such there was a vast difference in age, livelihood and marital expectations than we have today. Also there was the narrator, Lesley Parkin, that I had trouble following her voice. As I was thinking, well what voice would I prefer this story be told in, I realized that it was indeed the Ms. Parkins’ voice that I expected. So it was a bit of a personal preference issue that bothered me more than the narrator. I think she did a fine job with the voices and the emotions, especially when Gin and Wolf were young.
Emerald Knight is the story of an eight year old boy, Wolfe, that is promised to a new born babe in order to seal an alliance. I believe that Wolfe would have accepted Gin and his fate a bit more had there not been the age difference and the brotherly torment at the declaration of their future marriage. The age difference and the fact that the two lived apart and never saw each other growing up did not help cement a healthy start to marriage.
I struggled to watch both Wolfe and Gin dance through their emotions and lives without realizing they were dance partners - one step forward, two steps back and begin again. Even when they were still growing up they were in the dance. And to be so young when considered available for marriage had to be hard for Gin. She really didn’t have a childhood while Wolfe was off at war and being part of bloody battles. Wolfe and Gin really couldn’t have expected to fall into marriage easily. It was all part of the historical accuracy that the book portrayed. Overall it was a good book and I’m glad to have listened to it.
We read to know, we are not alone ~ C.S. Lewis
Stars: Overall 3 Narration 4 Story 2
The third medieval era romance story that I’ve read/listened/reviewed from Michelle Pillow. Her ability to set a story with details to invoke imagery and establish a premise for the story to come is accomplished and smooth. And the premise for this story: a betrothal of two titled children is a strategic device for power and protection common in the time. With Wolf (Lord Wolfram) being eight years older than Gineva, there is a great age gap, and plenty of time for Gin to learn of and accustom herself to her destiny.
Wolf isn’t appreciative of a child bride, and refuses to use and abuse her in the way many a husband would. He’s developed a reputation as a womanizer, and his efforts to stay away from Gin as he does battle with men and woos women is renown, and word is coming back to Gin.
Gin, despite her chafing at the ‘set nature’ of her life, has a crush on Wolf, but he is rarely around, and when he is, she refuses to fawn at his feet.
Pacing and development of characters were issues for me in this book, from a promising start to moments that dragged without appearing to effect development of characters or further the story. Of the two, main characters, Wolf’s development was a bit more complete: his reasons for avoiding Gin and his attempts to do he ‘right’ thing by this young girl, even when he takes refuge in another woman’s bed are well detailed, if not always the behavior one would expect from a ‘hero’. Gineva grows up, but never really matures, even when the two finally see their way clear to become a married couple. There were several steamy moments, but these missed the pull for me that would have come with the sense of connection to a character that was more developed.
Narration was provided by Leslie Parkin who has done a wonderful job. The voicing of Gineva was a difficult task: from childhood through the years to woman, and there were subtle changes in her character voice over the span of the story, while maintaining the more general delivery and speech patterns. Other characters were distinguished by pitch and tone changes, and were easy to recognize without being told who was speaking. A lovely performance.
Overall, this just wasn’t the best of the 3 medieval historical romances I have read from Ms. Pillow, missing some of the oomph from characters that just breathe and materialize before you as the story progresses.
I received an AudioBook copy of the title from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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At first I wasn't sure if the narrator's voice was really compatible with the story, but as I got more into the story I realized Ms. Parkin's narration was pretty good, showing emotions, the various characters were easy to recognize. This genre is not in my top five to read because of the rules and codes of the society of this era, the way the women of every class were treated, but the author created a world that once you step in, it is hard to leave. Ms. Pillow's writing style is quite engaging and the story of Wolf and Gen made me feel many emotions, especially frustration at the main characters and their miscommunication. It took many conflicts and much heartbreak to get them to see each other as they were meant to and finally have their HEA. I laughed at their antics as children, I cried at some pretty sad moments, I was cheering on when the men where in battle, and I got really mad at some of the secondary characters for their misguided meddling in the couple's lives. I am quite happy that I stuck with the story, would recommend it to the readers of this genre.
Definitely! I loved the story, elicited a wide range of emotions and it was easy to relate to the characters..
even though it sounds strange the constant battle between Gin and Wolfe; after all life is not always roses and fairy tales
Gin; not because she was the main character but because she persevered through so much hardship and still came out whole on the other side.
not sure, that's a hard one to limit to one line
Unbelievably emotional story! I laughed, cried and had the urge to reach into the book and smack both Wolfe and Gin for being stubborn and stupid about how they felt for the other. I really got into this story; the characters were really easy to relate to and seemed like friends, pledged from birth to Wolfe Gin knows who she is to marry, but as she grows she decides she doesn’t have to like him! Wolfe on the other hand hates the idea from the start, 8 years her senior he sees her as a small child. When Gin turns 15 it is decided that the marriage is to take place, bad ideas and promises make it the worst wedding ever and Wolfe ends up in another’s bed and Gin sees, breaking her heart. Wolfe then leaves and she doesn’t see him for 3 years and she is definitely not childlike anymore! All of a sudden he becomes very interested in claiming his wife, she is not so interested telling him he is a stranger to her (not to mention she is still smarting from the disaster of a wedding and marriage night). Wolfe’s past indiscretions and reputation catch up with him and causes further marital issues. Even as they find each other consumed in passion for the other, they still don’t admit they feel more. There is so much more and I don’t want to spoil anything but it truly is a wondrous story.
Lesley Parkin did a great job narrating, she has a pleasant voice and did differentiate for different characters; the only thing I didn’t like was that there were many times you could hear her sucking in air and it was a bit distracting.
Lesley had a very pleasing voice, and really gave the characters life.
I really didn't like wolf, he was so cruel and unthinking. but that just gave the story an authentic feel. Genivra was so innocent i almost didn't finish the story. i couldn't believe how she could keep from screaming at wolf. but then again it just made the story more real, because the women of that age, were kept in the dark about all most everything. in the end i was rooting for them and actually liked them. The way mrs pillow takes you through the hole story from childhood and into adulthood was so genius and made the story so real.
The story began from when the heroine is a babe and continues throughout her lifetime. It was wonderful to see her reactions to her circumstances, the difficult times she lived in and how she blossomed into a woman.
This rich historical fiction was richly described by Michelle Pillow. it was easy to get immersed in this world. Her hero and heroine both had their POV's depicted in the story which gave them better depth.
Our heroine was well performed, especially since Ms. Parkin had to begin from childhood, to maiden to beautiful woman.
It was a long book which I was great full for as I really got to immerse myself in a major full length story and look forward to coming back to it whenever I took a break,
This book had so ,ice of everything from watching and experiencing the hero and heroine growing up, dealing with love, commitment, loyalty, war, heartbreak, sensuality. It is really a full length saga and I loved experiencing it in audio.
heart-felt, roller-coaster, love
One of my favorite characters was William, the lead character's younger brother. He always appeared kind, pleasant and charming...the way a knight should. He was willing to sacrifice his own opportunity at love to keep a promise to his brother.
Lesley Parkin's performance was spot on. I was initially hesitant when I first started listening, but soon began to look forward to hearing her read this tale. It was fun to listen to because the story takes place in old England, and with her British accent the story became more vibrant.
Oh goodness gracious! I was actually late to work one day because I was crying over one scene. I had to stay in my car until I could clear my eyes and reapply my make-up.
I have not once been steered in the wrong direction in regard to anything written by Michelle Pillow. I love her work!
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