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The Savage Curtain

The Dragonblade Trilogy, Book 3
Narrated by: Tim Campbell
Series: Dragonblade Trilogy, Book 3
Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
5 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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The year is A.D. 1333. At the conclusion of the English victory of Halidon Hill, King Edward appoints Stephen of Pembury the Guardian Protector of the newly captured city of Berwick. To cement this victory, he orders Stephen to marry the defeated Scottish commander's daughter, the Lady Joselyn de Velt Seton. In a marriage meant to symbolize the English domination over the Scots, Stephen is nonetheless attracted to his new bride; a petite, raven-haired beauty with pale blue eyes. Joselyn is a lady with a horrific past and dark secrets of abuse. She is resistant to the marriage at first but eventually her attraction to Stephen proves too much to resist and the pair fall deeply in love. But even as their love blossoms, Scots insurgents counter attach Berwick and Stephen is taken prisoner. As the Guardian Protector of Berwick, he is a mighty prize for the Scots and his public execution has been ordered. Stephen's old friends, Tate de Lara (Dragonblade) and Kenneth St. Hever (Island of Glass) must plot Stephen's rescue even as Joselyn and unexpected allies launch their own rescue attempt. It's a race against time to save Stephen from the executioner's sword in this tale of conquest, dark secrets, and everlasting love.

©2012 Kathryn Le Veque (P)2014 Kathryn Le Veque

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  • tresjax
  • 11-08-2014

Love thy enemy

What did you love best about The Savage Curtain?

I loved the fact the Stephen, the H, was such a compassionate man and healer as well as a fierce knight. I appreciated the inner strength of his love, Jocelyn, despite her history.
I also think that the setting, in the castle during an extended battle, was a fascinating setting for this love story!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Savage Curtain?

I think that their less than auspicious begining was truly memorable! I can't imagine a more tragic first meeting. Well I could, but I wouldn't want one!

Which scene was your favorite?

I truly enjoyed the plotting and bravery of Cade and Roman. Those two are memorable characters in and of themselves, but their courage, and the humour surrounding some of their actions really set them apart.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I think it was when Kenneth realized how and why one of his two best friends, Stephen, had fallen for Jocelyn. He was so thoughtful toward his friend's wife and his loyalty to that friend was not the only reason he felt the need to protect her. I believe he grew to respect and admire her as well. When he placed his hands on the sides of her face and turned away- I felt his angst over the situation.

Any additional comments?

This is a wonderful story and Tim Campbell did another fine job of narrating. I especially enjoyed his use of differing accents in this one! I recommend this audiobook to anyone who wants a terrific story!

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  • Virginia
  • 28-09-2015

Loved it!!

Any additional comments?

I love how Kathryn writes her characters. She weaves depth, emotion, love and despair to the very end. Tim did a good job narrating.

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  • Morticia
  • 04-07-2015

cornflower blue eyes

This is the second time I've read this series but the first time on audible. I loved this story and would have really liked to give it 5 stars, the only thing holding me back was the overuse of the description of Stephens eyes. I know it sounds petty but it really dogs detract from my overall enjoyment of the story. I do enjoy the narrator and have listened to several of his interpretations and I will continue to and Katgryn le Veque is still up there with my favourite authors but please I get that his eyes were gorgeous.

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  • rangerdragon
  • 08-06-2014

Cornflower blue eyes...

This was a great story, and I enjoyed the narrator. HOWEVER, if I had to hear about the "cornflower blue eyes" of the hero one more time I'd have thrown my "listening device" at the author. Seriously, couldn't an editor have picked up the repetition?

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  • Treeza
  • 16-03-2015

Cornflower Blue Eyes .... ENOUGH

What would have made The Savage Curtain better?

If the mention of the "cornflower blue eyes" could only have been mentioned a hundred times versus a thousand!

If you’ve listened to books by Kathryn Le Veque before, how does this one compare?

I really like Le Veques stories ............ the only thing that ruined this one was, have I mentioned them before? The cornflower blue eyes!

Would you listen to another book narrated by Tim Campbell?

Yes

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

All three of the above........ because of those bloody cornflower blue eyes!

Any additional comments?

It takes a lot for me not to finish a book, especially one in a series. I could not do it. The mention of the cornflower blue eye, first made me roll my eyes, then I thought it was a funny mistake ................ I had to stop listening. The repeated mention of the "cornflower blue eyes" absolutely ruined a decent book.

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  • Nicole Laverdure
  • 24-09-2014

Captivating!

Where does The Savage Curtain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of my favorites!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sir Stephen of Pembury, a tender-hearted Knight!

What does Tim Campbell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He adds another dimension that makes the story more fun to read!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Fantastic Medieval Love story!

Any additional comments?

I recommend all of Kathryn Le Veque's audios!

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  • Sandrina
  • 19-05-2019

Wishing for more

Wishing for more


Some stories should not end. Like Downton Abbey, Scandal, or Jay Leno’s Tonight Show...something’s need to run on forever.
This was one of those stories!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-04-2019

Story is so so

As with others the *cornflower blue eyes* got old. Very old. Very, very old. Tim Campbell was good. Story was okay but as with most of Ms Le Veque's books the writing can be a bit amateurish. Doesn't she have an editor?

Also these big bad knights (in MANY of the books so far) are on the weepy side. I am all for a sensitive man, but these guys do quite a bit of open sobbing. Really? A midevil knight openly crying with hard sobs? Once maybe...but some of these guys (in multiple books) cry like girls.

The romance can be good, which is why I muddle through. A good editor would really help with the repetitive and annoying eye color fixation.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-03-2019

OK read

I suppose if the book is taken without the history given to the heroine it would be a v. good read but seems the author kept changing her mind about the history of the heroine as if she is trying to find the worst kind of back ground … first we hear she was raped, then turns out she was 'offered' by her father in due of payment then turns out her father raped her - a bit too much!

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  • Joy Mccormick
  • 01-03-2019

Sequence error

Having just finished book two, I was shocked to hear that none of those events happened yet! It made me feel disoriented for most of the story.