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  • Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group; Reissue edition (Dec. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425140040
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425140048
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 3.4 x 16.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,898,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Laura Kinsale is the award-winning and New York Times-bestselling author of The Shadow and the Star, Seize the Fire, The Prince of Midnight, Flowers From the Storm, For My Lady's Heart, and The Dream Hunter. She and her husband divide their time between Santa Fe and Dallas. Shadowheart won the Romance Writers of America Rita Award for best long historical romance of 2004. Kinsale also won best romance novel of 1990 for Prince of Midnight. Kinsale was 1987-1988 Career Achievement Award Winner from Romantic Times Magazine. She was also Regency Historical Romance 2004 Career Achievement Award Winner from Romantic Times Magazine and the Innovative Historical Romance 1994 RRA Awards Nominee for Best Historical Romance Author. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E. W. Hiemstra on 19 Jan. 2006
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This is the second of Ms Kinsale's books that I've read, Shadow and the Star being the first.
This is the story of the Green Knight Ruck, who loses his wife Isabelle to the church at the tender age of 17. At the request of his wife, he means to dedicate himself as well and promises to remain chaste. But he is unable to do so after viewing a beautiful and haughty princess Melanthe who claims that he is not pure of heart. Forced to leave his wife and all his wordly possessions to the church, he spends the next 13 years fighting battles in the name of both his pious wife and the mysterious princess.
Destined to meet again, Ruck, who is now the feared Green Knight, is challenged into fighting a tournament in the name of said princess. She has also not been idle in those 13 yrs and has built a name for herself; uncommonly cruel, beautiful, desirable, tempting, but more dangerous than the devil himself. Lusted after by Italian, French, English nobility alike (not just for her beauty but also for her wealth and lands) married and widowed, she has seen it all and it has made her callous and cold. For Ruck, beating the Duke of Lancaster (his liege) against his heart but at her request, forces him to abandon the harsh but noble life that he has lead and to join her as her sworn defendent and gallant protector.
The story is a complicated one and needless to say, Ruck and the princess fall in love. But written partly in medieval English it is not an easy read and the princess in an uncommon heroine (and not one easily liked). Furthermore, their love and passion is not as well developed as I would have preferred it to be.
Even so, this book is well written, extremely well researched and is still a captivating read. The fate of Isabelle was a surprising one and the book also provides an interesting insight into the religous morals and ideas of the time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Debra Mervant on 21 May 2009
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I picked up this book by chance when a local library was divesting itself of some of its titles.
I thought that I would have a pleasant read, and then dismiss it from my mind.
But after reading it once, and coming back to it, I am far from dismissing it, and give it much more credit than I initially did, for several reasons.

This book constitutes an excellent historical exploration of the complexity of the 14th century medieval world, with ne'er a date in it.
The atmosphere of medieval England, France, and Italy is palpable. (It is evident that Laura Kinsale has done extensive research into her subject.)
It is brought to life, incarnated in the complex, likeable, and believable main characters, Lord Ruadrik of Wolfscar, Princess Melanthe, the young Allegreto, and others, who are not so likeable... (For plot summary, see the above review.)
But better yet, and even more significant, Laura Kinsale has ressuscitated 14th century English for us to get our minds and tongues around, and for this, I am deeply grateful to her.
The language is stunning, and she has not used too much of it to put a lay reader off, nor too little of it to reduce such an exploit to a meaningless token.
The romantic intrigue, for the reader who is looking for a challenge, questions the ever shifting relationship between men and women : what it means to be a man and/or a woman, who "wears the pants", and explores the uneasy balance of power between the sexes in any enduring relationship.
In short, this book presents history in the entertaining and complex manner which is changing the way that we think, not only about the medieval period, but about history itself.
I'm sorry I didn't discover it earlier, but look forward to getting my hands on the sequel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Brown on 17 May 2010
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This is not an easy book to read. The language does not encourage you to skim the pages, but do persevere, it is well worth the effort. The plot is summarised above, and like all Laura Kinsale's characters, Ruck and Melanthe are deeply complex personalities. You do not really understand Melanthe's motivations until the last few chapters, and Ruck's story slowly unfolds throughout the book.

I love this period in history, the first Black Death still within living memory, John of Gaunt in his early years, and the old king ruled by his ruthless mistress. Knights and chivalry still very much a part of courtly life, where a knight's honour and word were all, and battles were fought for a lady's favour often to the death.

The only thing that I felt this book lacked was a glossary of some of the more regularly used medieval English words. Most of them you can work out for yourself, but there were some that I never could understand, not that it detracted from the beauty of the language and way it is used in this book.

I have Shadow Heart on order and look forward to reading Allegreto's story. Another Kinsale tortured soul, who deserves his story told, in the complex arena of Italian princely states and politics of this medieval time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kristin on 13 Sept. 2009
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I have just finished this book and I have Shadowheart ready to read as I must see what happens in Allegreto's tale.

The two previous reviews cover all you need to know but I would just like to add my 5 stars to encourage other readers to be brave enough take a journey into a pure literary pleasure of language that I found utterly beautiful. I immediately researched Middle English Dictionaries and this taught me so much more.

With each Laura Kinsale book you travel on a completely wondrous path and end up wanting more, more and yet more. How does she do it?

Thank heaven she does!
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