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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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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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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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!

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Another LeVeque winner!

I am a long time Leveque follower. I normally have read the kindle edition prior to the audio version. However, this time I chose a story I had not read. Brad Wills is my favorite LeVeque narrator. His differing voices add such richness to his narrations. That, combined with my love of her stories, was a determining factor in choosing this novel. Ms. LeVeque's stories, plots & characters are always similar, yet in their own way uniquely different! I love the epilogues that usually are at the end, such a satisfying conclusion to her tales! My only complaint? The story was over too soon!

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Lord of the Shadows

Kathryn LeVeque is a master storyteller who has the gift of transporting you as the reader through time and depositing you right into the story. Lord of the Shadows will make you laugh as well as cry, wonder and hold you in suspense. This is an phenomenal read, I wish we could give 10 stars for excellence. I also bought and listened to the audible version in which Brad Wills uses his amazing vocal talent to breath life into Kathryn LeVeque's characters. He consistently gives a 5 star performance carrying the story through your imagination with his ability to distinguish vocally between the characters. The book as well as the audiobook are both well worth your investment. Excellent work from all involved. Loved it 😀 .

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Perfect Pair

Two names: Kathryn Le Veque & Brad Wills.
Perfect together every time. This was a wonderfully desk and moody story.

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What a tangled web we weave

I like it when kathryn intertwines history and romance together. It's a great combination. Awesome story.