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Dragonblade: The Dragonblade Trilogy, Book 1 | [Kathryn Le Veque]

Dragonblade: The Dragonblade Trilogy, Book 1

A. D. 1326 - Tate Crewys de Lara is the son of kings. The illegitimate son of Edward Longshanks, Tate has the qualities of a magnificent king. But fate is cruel, leaving him a mere knight protecting young Edward III during the uncertain days following the horrific murder of Edward II. While gathering allies for the young heir in Northumberland, he meets the Lady Elizabetha "Toby" Cartingdon. Daughter of the Lord Mayor of Cartingdon Parrish, Toby is a gorgeous woman with a mind for business. It is she who runs the parrish, not her father.
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A. D. 1326 - Tate Crewys de Lara is the son of kings. The illegitimate son of Edward Longshanks, Tate has the qualities of a magnificent king. But fate is cruel, leaving him a mere knight protecting young Edward III during the uncertain days following the horrific murder of Edward II.

While gathering allies for the young heir in Northumberland, he meets the Lady Elizabetha "Toby" Cartingdon. Daughter of the Lord Mayor of Cartingdon Parrish, Toby is a gorgeous woman with a mind for business. It is she who runs the parrish, not her father. Taken aback by the strong, bitter female, Tate is nonetheless intrigued with her. He soon discovers why Toby seems so hard; her father is a drunkard and her mother is an invalid, leaving Toby responsible to not only provide for the family, but also for the welfare of her small sister.

Feeling something more than curiosity, Tate begins to break through the hard surface to discover the warm and compassionate woman beneath. Yet factions who would see the young heir dead make a sudden appearance, drawing Toby into their malevolent plan. Soon she finds herself linked to both Tate and the quest to take the throne from Roger Mortimer. It becomes Tate's destiny to not only win a throne for young Edward, but to win Toby's heart as well.

©2012 Kathryn Le Veque (P)2014 Kathryn Le Veque

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    Kat5 Maryland 10-08-14
    Kat5 Maryland 10-08-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Well written developed story, characters, plot."

    Let's face it not all romance novels are well written many are thrown together with a formula and without much character development going straight to the sex. Ms.Le Veque's books have more historical fiction with character development and in context sexual romance. The writing flows and captures the reader. The narrator for this book does a nice job and with a deep voice his reading a soap box could send most ladies twittering. I read a lot of Highland and Victorian era romances so these are a nice new niche for me and I appreciate the dark ages in a new way of romance and chivalry. Definitely worth a credit.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    tresjax midwest 07-31-14
    tresjax midwest 07-31-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Best Knights!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dragonblade to be better than the print version?

    I loved the print version of Dragonblade, which is why I bought the audiobook. The audiobook, narrated by the talented Tim Campbell, really made the story come alive! I LOVED it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dragonblade?

    There were so many "moments" in this story for not only Toby and Tate, but the ancillary characters as well. I enjoyed the relationship between the knights, their joking, and their pranks, especially with their young squire.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There is a scene, at the end, when Toby uses her acting ability to save Tate. It is daring, and funny, and I thought it was perfect!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Toby suffers a great loss during the book, and without giving anything away, there is a scene that really made me feel the ache of her character's grief.


    Any additional comments?

    Tim Campbell did a wonderful job narrating the first of this trilogy- I can't wait to hear the rest!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Arkansas123 02-20-15
    Arkansas123 02-20-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Love Le Veque"

    Le Veque's books meet my expectations every time! I love her medieval romances. I have read all, I hope she keeps writing them

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Narayani 06-14-15
    Narayani 06-14-15 Member Since 2013
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    "The song of love"

    Kathryn LeVeque has nailed it again. Her love stories touch the readers heart, aching us to get yet another adventure to cuddle up and listen to. I'm so happy I discovered her. I thought there was only one writer who had a magic formula, but now I have found her!!

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    ABsMama 04-23-15
    ABsMama 04-23-15
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    "Good adventure & romance!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes because I really like the novel by Kathryn Le Veque.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dragonblade?

    When Toby's little sister died. I had forgotten about that so it was so shocking!


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes.


    Do you think Dragonblade needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It already has 2 sequels that are also very good!


    Any additional comments?

    I love the novels by Kathryn Le Veque, but the only issue I had with the audio recording was I felt the narrator's accent was fake. I liked how he changed his voice for each character, but didn't care for his accent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy T Jacksonville, FL USA 01-05-15
    Tracy T Jacksonville, FL USA 01-05-15 Member Since 2014

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    "A Decent Story."

    This was a decent story. Not nearly or even close to being as good as The Dark One: Dark Knight.

    The hero was awesome, the heroine was okay. She is described as smart and very strong minded but cried to much for me, although in her defense she did have a lot to cry about.

    The story line was okay, it could have been better in my opinion. The relationship between the hero and heroine seemed to move way to quickly, like in just a few days time they were in love and married. There is sex in the book, only one time and it was very nicely written, not erotica at all.

    It did become somewhat boring at times, and just sort of dragged on a bit on nonsense so I sped the narration up to 1.25 to get through it faster.

    There was a lot of dialogue throughout the book which was good. Lots of dialogue in a story is always good for me. I did like the secondary characters, Kenneth in particular.

    As for the narration, Tim Campbell did a fine job. He made the women sound like women so that is always good. And everyone had their own distinct voice. His reading voice was nice.



    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nicole Laverdure Québec, Canada 10-22-14
    Nicole Laverdure Québec, Canada 10-22-14

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    "Highly addictive Medieval adventures!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dragonblade to be better than the print version?

    No and yes, it does bring the story to another level that it makes it more fun to listened to it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character Tate is my favorite!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Tate meets Toby for the first time, sparks flare!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Some scenes made me cry and laugh, specially the scene when Toby had a high fever and Tate had to keep her in the tub!


    Any additional comments?

    I strongly recommend all of Kathryn Le Veque's audio!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Eve93 05-02-14
    Eve93 05-02-14

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    "Oh, that vexing thing called writing!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Not sure... I do love a good romance, but I'll stick to Austen, I guess.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Kathryn Le Veque again?

    Nope


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was a male. The worst part was the 'voice' he gave to this novels main character. In my mind she was an excessively emotional drag queen performing on steroids. The English accent was unhelpful.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It sounded ok sped up. Clear. Very easy to hear over dish washing and in car. Often forgot my player on when I put down my phone only to pick it up and realize that it was just fine to continue from there.


    Any additional comments?

    Perhaps I should not trust the most popular titles on audible?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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