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Publisher's Summary

Forewarned....
Throughout the Disputed Lands, she is called "Amber the Untouched" - a chaste, golden-haired beauty fleeing the remarkable love that was prophesied at her birth...and the death that must inevitably follow.

Foreseen....
He comes to her in darkness, as had been foretold - a wounded warrior with no memory...a promised lover seared by passion's fire, irresistibly drawn to the innocent enchantress who divines truth with a touch.

Forgotten....
In a time of war, their romance is legend - until a lost past returns to Duncan and labels Amber his enemy. But he cannot forsake the beautiful woman who has healed his body and his heart. He vows to defy to the death the dread forces that have proclaimed their love...forbidden.

Amour and armor: listen to Book 1 of the Medieval Trilogy.
©2008 Elizabeth Lowell; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"A magical tale of all-consuming love...It will cause your heart to ache." (Rendezvous)

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  • Diana
  • Washington, DC, USA
  • 09-29-08

Quite a letdown after "Untamed"

It's been a few years since I read Lowell's medieval trilogy and I must have forgotten how much I disliked this second entry. Problem is Duncan is an anti-hero (well, he's an ass) and Lowell never makes him properly repentant for his cruel treatment of Amber. A good grovel was called for here and the lack of it left me feeling cheated. Amber is one of those born victims (I'm not making this up -- there was a prophesy) who suffers in martyr-like silence. This is a case of two people each with their own set of unattractive personality disorders finding each other and making a go of it. Good luck with that, but it left a bad taste in my mouth.

The narrator does not have the gravitas of Anne Flosnik who brought such fun and enthusiasm to Untamed. Untamed is the better book by far. This one is something of a dirge.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Impossible for me to listen to

I was looking for a fun romance, but this was just terrible. Granted - maybe I'm just not the right audience for this kind of thing.

I was looking for something fun, sexy and smart. This was not it. Both the writing and the narration made me cringe.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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What a waste of money

I had to stop listening. The narator's high thin voice sounded very silly when reading the part of a war hardened warrior. Not the story or characterisation I expected after enjoying the first book of the series.

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Loved Before & Love it Still!

I loved when I read it in print years ago and I loved it just as much listening to it on Audible. The other books in the trilogy are good also. If you liked this one, you will like that one as well.

If you've read any of her modern romances involving Rarities Unlimited, you may have noticed a connection between Erik the Learned & the modern Erik, best seen in Moving Target.

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why this narrator

I am a hugh Lowell fan and I read this trilogy many years ago when it was first released. My eyesight isnt what it used to be so I enjoy audio books often. I was so excited when I found the trilogy on audio the 1st book was great but I felt let down with the narration of this book. The narrator read this book like she wished she was doing something else. My wish is that the narrator of the 1st book would have read the whole trilogy.

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  • Dawn
  • Bronx, NY, United States
  • 09-26-16

Wonderful

Three books. One delightful series. Each one more enjoyable then the next. Enjoy this reading. Loving all the characters.

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Great start but just okay.

What did you like best about Forbidden? What did you like least?

I was expecting the same type of story as Book 1 but was disappointed. It was a good story but should have been a novella. Not enough plot for the time spent.

If you’ve listened to books by Elizabeth Lowell before, how does this one compare?

I loved the Book 1 of this series. This book didn't have enough meat and too much sex. I'm not a prude but plot should have more pages than the lovemaking.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narrator was American and pronounced the name LaSabre as Lasaber. If you read the first book and knew what the name was supposed to be, it threw you off. It made think the heroine was a silly American girl who didn't know how to pronounce the Norman name. And she did not use much inflection. That made it hard to follow since the POV changed a lot.

Any additional comments?

I think, due to the narrator, I might have enjoyed it better in print.

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Love this imaginative time

I enjoyed the story and all the fanciful talents of the characters. Would love to see this series in a movie.

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Awful narrator

I gave up and reread the book. this narration is worse than abysmal. painful to listen to.

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spo;it by unsuitable narrator

Would you try another book from Elizabeth Lowell and/or Sarah Scott?

yes

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

medieval history

How did the narrator detract from the book?

totally unsuitable for story. Other books in trilogy had excellent narrator

Was Forbidden worth the listening time?

not as narrated only as bridge between first and third in trilolgy