1228 A.D. - After a vicious battle with old adversaries that sees his father killed, Sir Dennis d’Vant finds himself the head of the House of d’Vant. A house descended from the kings of Cornwall, they are a proud but warring people. Their most hated enemy is their neighbor to the north, the rich and cunning Earl of Cornwall. Dennis, however, is not like his forefathers; a giant of a man and a skilled warrior, he is also quiet and gentle. He does not possess the same fiery instincts of his family and for that, he is often looked upon as weak.
But Dennis is anything but weak; he is brilliant and introspective. Dennis is trustworthy; the earl is not. Little does Dennis realize that his offer to marry a woman of the earl’s choosing will change his life more drastically than he could ever imagine, and put the House of d’Vant in danger of being wiped from the face of the earth.
The Lady Ryan de Bretagne is the daughter of the earl’s captain. Having no daughters himself, the earl chooses Ryan to marry into the hated House of d’Vant. Ryan is a feisty, head-strong woman and wants no part of the marriage, but is forced to wed the giant knight with the mysterious gray eyes. When he takes her back to St. Austell Castle, she is introduced to a shocking new world of women who dress and fight as knights, of filthy keeps and filthy men, and of a people who want to hate her simply because she is related to the Earl of Cornwall. As Ryan struggles to become acclimated to her strange and frightening new world, the Earl of Cornwall works in secret to destroy the treaty he has agreed to fulfill, thereby eliminating the House of d’Vant once and for all so he can confiscate their lands. At the heart of all of the earl’s animosity is a terrible secret that binds Cornwall to the House of d’Vant, something so awful that it cannot be spoken of. But those who know the secret know how very shameful it is to both sides.
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The hope of peace came with the death of Dennis’s father. He proposed marriage to a woman from Cornwall to breach the rift long-standing between the clans, beginning a healing process.
His vision, far beyond his father’s, his knights’ and sister’s, was the only solution he thought might work to stop the bloodshed and endless repair to his beloved castle, where his family and knights wanted only revenge for the death of all the knights in the last skirmish and the death of his father. He was now Earl, responsible for the House of d’Vant. He was a great warrior, a man not understood and found himself at odds with his family, and knights of the castle. Even his sister Charlotte, better known as Charles, since she was a knight of the castle, didn’t care to bring anyone from the Earl of Cornwall’s castle into their midst.
Charlotte made Lady Ryan very uncomfortable in her new position, wed to Sir Dennis. Sir Dennis could not believe his good luck when he took Ryan as his wife. He was willing to marry a hag, and somewhat expected they’d offer him one, not this beautiful creature, Ryan. Sir Dennis was won over quickly by the intelligence, wit and kindness of Ryan. Not so his sister.
This is a story about how far man will go for greed. For there are some very greedy men who are a danger to both Lady Ryan and Sir Dennis. It was resplendently written as with each of the novels Kathryn Le Veque writes. She has a brilliant approach to the telling, gripping the reader by her shoulders—exciting, tragic, weep-worthy, suspenseful, passionate, humorous, and sweet, all woven together.
I ask myself, what makes a good story. They all have the same ingredients as does a cake: Flour, sugar, oil/shortening, milk, salt and other spices. In a story it matters when each of the ingredients are added, how much of each is present, where and how long it is baked. When it is done right the cake is a masterpiece. The same holds true for a good tale. Author Kathryn Le Veque knows just how to combine the ingredients, what and how to include to set a reader to only want more of what she writes.
Daniel Dorse uses a very low, warm voice for the general narrator, quite subdued and lulls the unsuspecting reader when he breaks into dialog. He’s delightful in his portrayal of various characters. His voices for the Spaniards speaking English are excellent. The emotions of the character were very convincing only reconfirming to me how much fun it is to listen to audio with a narrator who knows what he’s about. The way he tells the story is quite mysterious and compelling. I chuckled when I heard Charlotte’s voice. Charlotte, first born and sister to Dennis, learned to be more man than woman, ever as much a knight as other men. Her father was disappointed having the first-born female, but decided to train her as male and warrior. I enjoy how she is caught having ‘woman’ thoughts with such a masculine exterior. With the voice Mr. Dorse chose for her, he doesn’t let us forget what she looks like, yet she does endear the reader with her gruffness and fierce loyalty.
If you haven’t read Kathryn Le Veque, and enjoy medieval historical romance, you do yourself a disservice. She carries you to far-off lands of a time of hardship, bravery and honor.
I really cannot compare, because I haven't read the book, but loved this audio!
Some scenes are so much fun to follow! lots of beautiful emotions!
None in particular!
no, I listened to it by chapters!
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