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In the fires of war and death, she'll make her own destiny. 

Ana Derel was never meant to be a knight protector. She was never meant to be a squire. She was supposed to marry well and raise sons who would become knight protectors. 

Ana had other plans. After years of hard work, Squire Ana Derel has earned the respect of her peers. She's a crack shot and lethal with a blade. She's weeks away from earning her own knighthood. 

Then a deadly ambush leaves her charred, defeated, and wanting justice. With the South readying for war and the North demanding answers, Squire Derel finds herself alone in the epicenter of the coming storm. Alone, until she meets the enigmatic Knight of the Shire. Will their unlikely friendship be enough to prevent a war? Or will war consume them, too?

©2020 Rachel Ford (P)2020 Rachel Ford

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  • Pam Wortham
  • 13-02-2021

An enjoyable book.

I quickly found myself listening for longer than I had planned. That 'just one more chapter' kept me up longer than I planned. The narrator did a wonderful job giving g voice to each character.

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  • BigT
  • 10-02-2021

Great entertainment

This was a great telling of a fantastic story of knights and battles and dragons and dragon riders and it was exciting to listen as the narrator brought it to life

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  • Jackie T
  • 30-01-2021

Fantastic

I absolutely loved this story. The characters especially Derel were perfect. I was totally involved with the action made easier to understand by the Narrator. I was drawn in from the start.

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  • trufriends
  • 26-01-2021

different

this one was different then what I was expecting and I am curious as how this story is going to go.

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  • Susan
  • 20-01-2021

Not a favorite

I had a hard time with this one. The beginning of the book was very uneventful. I had a hard time sticking with it. The ending was better when the dragons finally entered.

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  • Tina P Kimble
  • 15-01-2021

Wonderfully done.

A very interesting and exciting story. However it does leave you guessing what happens. As far as the narration goes I was very pleased with the narrator, she done a wonderful job bringing life to the characters. I would recommend this book.

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  • Doug Williamson
  • 21-12-2020

Unexpected treachery

Our heroine gets caught in a surprise attack and survives, but at what cost? And is this just the prelude to something bigger?

This story offers an interesting blend of science and magic, such as energy weapons, elf magic and dragons. The setting is fascinating but we only get to see one small corner of it in this story. Nonetheless, it certainly has me looking for more. Similarly, our characters are well developed with solid backgrounds and distinct personalities which round out the story nicely. Their interactions make the story come alive and provide an occasional bit of humor as well. Add in a plot that includes some intrigue and you have a wonderful story. I am definitely looking forward to the next book.

Highly recommended.

As this is an audio book, I should also comment that the narration was very well done, with crisp and clear enunciation.

I received an ARC from StoryOrigin for review purposes.

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  • Roger Fauble
  • 08-11-2020

Takes off like a jet from an aircraft carrier

Squire Derel (Knight Protector, Book 1), my thirteenth read from prolific author Rachel Ford and the first book in her Knight Protector series. A well-written & enjoyable book that takes off like a jet fighter from an aircraft carrier and only picks up speed from there. 8-hours 21-minutes of pleasurable reading. No matter the genre a Rachel Ford book can be counted on to be entertaining & enjoyable. I look forward to the next book in the series, Mountain Witch (Knight Protector, Book 2), Oh well, I have other Rachel Ford books to read. Lynne Ennis's narration makes a good book even better. "I received a free review copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review." (RIP Marley January 20, 2014 - July 24, 2018).

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  • Katherine J
  • 07-11-2020

Great Tale

This story was amazing! It starts fast and keeps going from there! The story is well written and keeps your attention from start to finish. The narrator did a good job with the range of the performance. I am glad I get up early everyday because I was able to listen to this in one shot and I didn’t miss a thing. I kept jumping because of the unexpected turns the story took, some things you know will happen and others jump out and bite you.

I received a free copy of this audio book for a voluntary honest review.

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  • chgruver
  • 05-11-2020

Slow start to an epic dragon-back demolition derby

I will say this was a good story and the only fault I have with it doesn't warrant me giving it a lower score. When listening to audio books I tend to prefer those that grab my attention from the start and keep my mind from wandering off. Unfortunately, because of the need to set the story up properly for the end, I often found my mind wandering for the first couple of chapters. I do feel that if I personally was reading it rather than listening, it would still have received a 5-star rating. I mean how many times does one hear discombobulate in a story and more than once.

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  • fred jones
  • 21-11-2020

A superb start

A superb start to a series, I was hooked by the first line, Excellent intelligent storytelling creating a believable world with a mixture of dragon's and skimmers, blasters and swords, Starts at a frantic pace, slows a little to let you catch your breath and them rushes to a glorious climax which leaves you gasping for book 2. Great strong female lead characters. Narrator does a brilliant job with the story. More please

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