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Amazing - Unsurpassable !!
on 9 April 2002
This is the first of Marsha Canham's novels that I have read and the most exciting Medieval book I have come across in a long time. The breaktaking action grips the reader right from the prologue, which is a preview scene from near the end of the book -and though it is intriguing, it gives nothing away- only makes you impatient to get started reading.
The story begins with Servanne, a young widow who is being escorted by a party of Knights to her wedding. She is day-dreaming wistfully of the legendary handsome looks and battle-field prowess of her betrothed when the party is attacked and she is kidnapped by The Black Wolf of Lincoln, a Robin Hood-type character who lives in the forest with a colourful band of outlaws.
The Wolf says he intends to keep her until a ransom is paid by her betrothed. But her betrothed is infact his bastard half brother, who left him for dead in the Crusades then returned to England to claim their ancestral home and live under the Wolf's real name of Lucien Wardieu, Baron de Gournay. The Wolf's real intent is to use her wedding to the "Dragon" of Bloodmoor as a ruse for him to enter the keep and challenge his brother.
Somewhere along the lines, his plans go amiss because he and Servanne fall in love, though they would both rather die painful deaths than admit it. From the moment they meet, the sparks fly, and their scenes together are exciting and entertaining both for the intelligent and witty repartee and the sensual undercurrents running through them.
The action is breathtakingly well written and never wanes throughout the plot. There are twists and surprises at the turning of every single page and your heart keeps thumping right to the climactic ending.
Marsha Canham has crafted the characters brilliantly. There is not a single one that bored me ; each was multi-faceted and fascinating and carried the story on with great humour and pace even when the hero and heroine weren't in the scene. I came to care for the secondary characters as much as the central ones. And this book has the best villain and villainess EVER. At one stage, I thought the villain just as interesting and attractive as the hero, and his side-kick, Nicolaa de la Haye is a sexy, cunning bloodthirsty temptress that sent shivers down my spine.
But my last word has to go to the hero. The Black Wolf/Lucien wardieu, is the most masculine, swashbuckling, sexiest, wittiest, lustiest, most exciting hero I think I've ever encountered in historical romance- the fabric of every girl's fantasies! I could have wept when I turned the very last page !
This book is exciting, action packed and so authentic in its Medieval flavour, I felt I was there - time travel courtesy of Marsha Canham! Unsurpassable!