AD 1266 - Chadwick "Chad" de Lohr, son of Daniel de Lohr is a hero at the Battle of Evesham. Saving the hostage Henry III from Simon de Montfort, he is riding high on a wave of royal praise at the conclusion of the battle. But that favor with the king is short-lived.
Henry, once again in power after the death of de Montfort, is determined to rid his country of the de Montfort-supporting rebels once and for all. This includes a campaign of harassment against the nobles who supported de Montfort through the years, namely, the House of de Shera.The House of de Lohr and the House of de Shera are linked by blood, and when Henry orders that a de Shera heiress be removed from Rochester Abbey and placed in Henry's custody as a hostage to ensure the House of de Shera behavior, Chad races to Rochester to remove his distant cousin from the abbey before Henry can take her hostage.
Chad's noble act to save Alessandria de Shera is the first step in a chain of events that sees the House of de Lohr increasingly turned against the king. Determined to take Alessandria back to Cheshire where she will be protected by her warlord brother, it's a race through England as Chad and Alessandria stay one step ahead of Henry's men in their pursuit to capture her. Aided by Davyss de Winter and Bose de Moray, the journey of Chad and Alessandria takes them through life, death, great hardship, fear, and finally passion beyond what they could have ever imagined.
There is an eventual showdown between Henry and the House of de Lohr once Chad and Alessandria are cornered. Will Henry finally claim Alessandria? Or will Chad ultimately defeat the man he once saved?
©2016 Kathryn Le Veque (P)2016 Kathryn Le Veque
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"I found the narration distracting at times"
Another rich and entertaining story by Kathryn Le Veque. I loved the way this brought together many of the characters and families that had been featured in other books and prior generations. It helped to make an otherwise okay story about the main characters much more interesting, as it tied together how these leading families were intertwined through their bloodlines and how this could cause ethical issues for those who might be on oposite sides of some weighty political issues in the day and time depicted.
My one critique is that the narration was sometimes distracting when the narrator tried to give different voices to men versus women, or to help separate one character from sounding like another. For example, one female who I had just read about in a previous book was from Wales but for some reason in his quest to help make it easier for the listener to differentiate between various characters, I was distracted because sometimes she sounded more like she came from Sweden. Another male character who I had listened about in the past month or so, that narrator's version of his character's voice was rather well educated English speaking, but the same character here almost sounded like a gutter snipe from London at times. Only occasional distractions but enough to make me stop and make note when it happened. I know this must be especially difficult to perform for this book, as the number of voices was much larger than would normally have been enountered. So, just relax and enjoy!
This is a delightful story. It had lots of laughs and was so much fun to listen to. I loved to see so many other houses and characters from previous books in this one.
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