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Compelling reading, cliche theme, soap opera mentality
on 4 July 1999
I found this tale of the headstrong young noblewoman who was pledged unfairly to a stranger, a handsome, tough young warrior lord, to be a pleasant story and entertaining reading, but not very original. It reminded me of the formats used in mid-afternoon soap operas. As the story unfolded, I kept thinking how Mellyora, the heroine, was downright stupid for always wanting to run away or to strike out at the very people who could help her situation, who could at the very least make her life comfortable, and who were the very same people who could dispose of her in many unpleasant ways! Although she was an educated, intelligent young woman, she acted like a 12-year-old, spoiled, naive brat through most of the story, endangering not only herself, but her family, her friends, and her godfather's kingdom. Then, miraculously, after their first sexual encounter, she sees the light as she falls totally in love with her "lord" and becomes a model wife and lady. Give me a break!
And another thing, although I did find it easy reading, some of the dialog should have been thought out a little better. For instance, during a break between battles, one grizzly ruffian, a mercenary warrior aligned with the bad guy, says to another warrior: " The Normans brought this form of primogeniture here - they understand that a male must inherit." Its unlikely you would catch anyone talking this way in a casual conversation, much less in a conversation among battle-hardened ruffians.
Three stars at best, this is a formula romance novel in a formula medieval setting, that just doesn't come up to more than ok - definitely not great.