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Lord of the Shadows | [Kathryn Le Veque]

Lord of the Shadows

The reign of King John means dark days for all of England. Not one man, woman, or child lived without fear. Magnifying this fear is the man they call The Lord of the Shadows - a terrifying figure who sits at the right hand of the King, manipulating the royal moves like a puppet master. The Lord of the Shadows has been known to tear men apart with his bare hands and can, with a snap of his fingers, alter the future of anyone he chooses.
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1215 A.D.: The reign of King John means dark days for all of England. Not one man, woman, or child lived without fear.

Magnifying this fear is the man they call The Lord of the Shadows - a terrifying figure who sits at the right hand of the King, manipulating the royal moves like a puppet master. The Lord of the Shadows has been known to tear men apart with his bare hands and can, with a snap of his fingers, alter the future of anyone he chooses. The nobility is terrified of him, and for good reason. That is - the nobility that know of his existence.

Lady Sheridan St. James has been drawn into the political arena by her father; having no sons, he bequeaths his power and knowledge to his eldest daughter, a stunningly beautiful and bright creature. Upon his death, Sheridan finds herself at the head of the mighty House of St. James, a major leader in the rebellion against the crown.

During her first visit to London, she becomes acquainted with a massive knight who has, in kindness, saved her sister's life. She has no idea Sir Sean de Lara is the man known as The Lord of the Shadows, but even when she is told of his horrible deeds, she still cannot not believe it. Sheridan and Sean draw close despite the influence of the horrendous affairs of state sweeping London.

All she knows is that he is handsome and kind. Although Sean is well aware of the lady's status, it makes no difference that she is, in perception, his enemy. To Sean, Sheridan is quickly becoming his reason for living. But out of necessity, his responsibilities to the King become stronger than his love for Sheridan and he is forced to perform his duties or risk death to them both.

Still, Sean swears to her that his days as the Shadow Lord are numbered, even as rival factions cruelly separated them. It soon becomes a test of Sean and Sheridan's love to find each other again in a world which is determined to keep them apart.

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

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    McIn California 07-16-14
    McIn California 07-16-14
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    "Riveting Story - A Keeper For All Time On My Shelf"
    What did you love best about Lord of the Shadows?

    I loved how powerful the story was. Sean de Lara, a knight like no other, who is the Shadowed protector of the king. All fear him, as they should. He meets Lady Sheridan St. James, who is heiress to the St. James house. They are technically enemies. The love that grows between these two will squeeze your heart. Around them treachery is abound and some things are not what they seem. Danger and intrigue lurk throughout this story. It is the most powerful medieval story, I have ever read. I have read hundreds. I have cried at times through this story. You will love this story.


    What other book might you compare Lord of the Shadows to and why?

    In my opinion, it compares to no other. I have read hundreds in this genre.


    What does Brad Wills bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is so, so, so multifaceted. He is one of best narrators in the business. You can tell he pours his heart and soul into telling this magnificent story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, definitely. If sleep did not over take me, I would have tried.


    Any additional comments?

    Kathryn Le Veque is, in my opinion, the best writer of this genre. No one comes close. Everyone has their favorites, this author happens to have captivated my heart with the stories she tells.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Virginia F. Smith PETERSTOWN, WV, US 07-29-14
    Virginia F. Smith PETERSTOWN, WV, US 07-29-14
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    "Loved it!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Lord of the Shadows to be better than the print version?

    Yes, I would consider the audio by Brad Wills to be much better than just reading the book. I could not stop listening to it until it was finished. I have never heard another that could use so many different voices as Brad does. He keeps you interested every second. I believe he could read my grocery list and have a voice for every veggie on the list. WONDERFUL!!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lord of the Shadows?

    Sean gave up so much of his life to help the people.


    Have you listened to any of Brad Wills’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes I have listened to him before. I have NEVER heard perfection as Brad gives to a book. You can tell he takes great pride in his work . He always gives the very best in every book.


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

    When Sean always tried to protect the women even when the foolish sister Alice tried to get to King John.


    Any additional comments?

    Brad Wills is the best I have ever heard. There will never be another that I will listen to. I will buy any Historical Romance that he does and no other.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Medieval Quilter 10-03-14 Member Since 2014

    Love romance novels, especially historical, mainly in the Medieval period. English Knights, Highlanders, and love me some Irish stories.

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    "Brad Wills is AWESOME!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Le Veque's Lord of the Shadows is great and I really enjoyed the "many voices" of Brad Wills. Every character's voice is so distinct.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sean de Lara of course. Brad Wills does the "deep" voice perfectly.


    Which character – as performed by Brad Wills – was your favorite?

    His impersonation of the King was the funniest, but I really enjoyed his voice for Sean de Lara.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I listened while quilting.


    Any additional comments?

    I am currently listening to Le Veque's Guardian of Darkness narrated by Brad Wills. Love it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    tresjax midwest 08-13-14
    tresjax midwest 08-13-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Fantastic!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Lord of the Shadows to be better than the print version?

    Yes and it is because Brad Wills is such an amazing narrator! This is a terrific story in itself, like a medevil love/spy story. When you bring in someone as talented as Wills it is almost as good as closing your eyes and imagining it in a theater.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I enjoyed the antics of Lady Alice, the younger sister of the h, Lady Sheridan. She was such a funny twit! Her actions gave the plot humor, intrigue, danger, she was sooo much fun. I also loved the H, Sean de Lara, he was literally tall, dark, and handsome.


    Have you listened to any of Brad Wills’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have heard him once before and have been really impressed, he is truly talented. He brings life to tbe characters in such creative ways- each has his or her own specific characteristics and are easily identified.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    True love won't stay in the shadows....


    Any additional comments?

    I think this is one of my top 5 audiobooks- I loved it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 07-31-14 Member Since 2014
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    "I love the Lord of Shadows"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Oh Yes because the Lord is just sooooo captivating. Best Le Veque novel, it made me fall in love with her writing. Perfect length and very exciting and I just loved the twist of him being a double agent. I would have prefered a more exciting ending that what we had, kind of a let down after the roller coaster of a ride the novel was.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Lord and his double agent tactics - and the Magna Carta Twist


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    Nina Selma, AL, United States 05-12-15
    Nina Selma, AL, United States 05-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Brad Wills The Narrator Rocks!!"

    Mr. Wills does the most incredible job with this story. Each charactor has a very distinctive and correct in character voice, its really fun and enjoyable listen to. The story of Sir Sean de Lara and Lady Sheridan St. James has intrigue, passion, story twists and is just plain enjoyable. Lady Alice Sheridan's sister is an idiot and causes all kinds of problems but Brad Wills makes the story exciting and a joy to listen to. Sean is called the Shadow Lord and has to do terrible things to stay close to the king and keep his confidence. But is he really evil? You have to read and or listen to to find out. This is a keeper for me. Any other comments would give the story away. But know that Brad Wills does an incredible and wonderful job with the book and you will very much enjoy listening to it. Purchase it you will not be sorry.

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    Clarice 03-19-15
    Clarice 03-19-15
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    "A LOOONNNGGG NOVEL"

    I honestly fell asleep while the app was playing on 1.5 speed, so I missed about 71/2 -8 hours of this book pretty much in the middle. Listened for a few minutes as I was waking up and realized I had not missed very much plot. Miss. Le Veque needs a better editor. Brad Wills does his usual awesome job, but Yikes!--it does not need to be so long.

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    BOOKTALK WITH EILEEN 01-29-15
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    "Enthralling and captured all my senses & emotions"
    Any additional comments?

    This is the second book I’ve read by author Kathryn Le Veque and was excited to be able to listen to the narration, produced by Brad Wills. Both book and narration are over the top. Truly, over the top. Brad, with his spectacular voice, so aptly uses its wide range of voice texture to support this terrific tale. With his booming deep throttled voice, I see a man in full mail towering over me. I feel either very feminine, in need of protection, or a bug he could squash if he had a care to. Agh! Sir Sean de Lara is an unknown character. Is he protagonist or antagonist? Through the telling of the story, he shows his colors.

    I totally, absolutely and incredibly love the way Brad Wills uses his voice. In this particular story, dialog includes long whispered conversations, which was just as emotive as his normal voiced dialog. Women’s dialog isn’t anything short of sounding feminine.

    This tale had many characters and each I was easily recognized. The depiction of John, King of England had me reading some history about him. When a book of historical setting reaches out to you enough to want to separate fact from fiction, it most certainly has gone beyond the author’s intent, but I believe in a good way. The king was depicted as being rather spiteful and weak with a suspicious nature of all around him. The voice and emotional tone Brad Wills used was spot-on.

    The story was all about intrigue and being caught up in the uprising against the king. Woven into its fabric was a poignant love affair between two virtual strangers who could not have walked away from each other even if they wanted to. Their love was a deep, fathomless ocean of tumultuous emotion where I, as listener, could not help but be sucked into the maelstrom. Hence, the bucket of tears, the searing heart, the hours of listening where I could not pull myself away.

    This book captured and enthralled. A wonderful treat indeed--for those who dare the listen.

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    Nicole Laverdure Québec, Canada 10-22-14
    Nicole Laverdure Québec, Canada 10-22-14

    Mirabelle

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    "Amazing!"
    What made the experience of listening to Lord of the Shadows the most enjoyable?

    I love so much her other audios, and I bought it on special, so I decided to buy it rather than the book!


    What about Brad Wills’s performance did you like?

    Brad has a beautiful voice!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I have only listened to two chapters!


    Any additional comments?

    I'm enjoying it, but need more time!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Roslynn United States 08-10-14
    Roslynn United States 08-10-14
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    "Great vocal tones keeping me involved in the story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Lord of the Shadows to be better than the print version?

    I would have to asy yes in a sense it was. Listening to audbiobooks really brings the characters alive for me and pulls me into the story almost making me a part of it. Plus, with the way Mr. Brad Wills is able to change his voice quality with different alterations in his voice for each character from the main hero Sean de Lara making his voice almost menacing with a bit of sarcasm but still perfect for a double agent to the cool logical feminine voice of the heroine Sheridan St. James really brings it alive for me as well!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I would have to say just the complexity and the medieval double agent spy and knight Sean de Lara. He's just a mixed bag of everything a knight to the very core but able to act friends with a tyrant yet covert supporter of allies. Sean is also able to hide his emotions, his actions and his air of secretiveness day to day. People fear him but follow him and are pulled in by his shady stealthy persona which pulled me in also.


    Which character – as performed by Brad Wills – was your favorite?

    My favorite character I would have to say that Mr. Wills would voice had to be Prince John. He made him sound villianous, petulant, whiny and irritating at the same time. In one sense I couldn't stand his character which was the point but in another sense just his voice made me want to heed his orders despite them being so ridiculous to begin with.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No not really. I kept repeating certain parts of the book since it was parts I enjoyed reading beforehand or just to listen too. Even now I am listening to it while I type this review.


    Any additional comments?

    Mr. Wills is a wonderful voice actor turning a seemingly medieval cloak and dagger story into one with lively characters with feeling. I enjoyed his seductive sensual deep voice in one other audiobook also by Ms. Le Veque and had the great opporunity to experience his voice again. Of course this book didn't make me think lascivious thoughts like before. In fact this book made me really wish I could be a bond girl and get the bad guy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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