Love medieval romance and have to say there are so many different levels of writing in this genre, some good, some not so good. However, this was in a class of its own. Such a depth to the writing and I absolutely fell in love with the two central characters Ailanna and Sebastien. If there were only more writers like Susan King. Have now begun The Swan Maiden.
I think the one star comment about the use of 'Sirrah' was a little harsh and nit-picky. This is not the first book of its kind where I have read the word in dialogue. The internet interpretation is - 'used as a term of address for a man or boy, especially one younger or of lower status than the speaker.' As far as Ailanna was concerned, she was the clan leader, they were in her native Scotland and therefore she probably believed herself of a higher status than a Norman knight like Sebastian. Also when it was used it was in situations where she was angry with him, so maybe she was being deliberately provocative. If it was an incorrect term, as far as I'm concerned it not matter - in no way did it spoil my enjoyment of this excellent book.