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Yet Another Madeline Hunter Triumph,
This review is from: Lord of A Thousand Nights (Mass Market Paperback)
As an avid historical fiction reader, I've read hundreds - truly hundreds - of books. Madeline Hunter is one of my favourite writers in this genre. I've read fifteen of her books so far, and have yet to be disappointed. Not only can this lady weave a love story around a clever and feisty plot, she does it without (very often) falling into the 'lazy romance writers' habit of using modern Americanisms in narrative or dialogue. You know, words like: I guess or I figure, instead of I suppose or I think; quit, instead of give in/up or stop; England doesn't have a 'Fall', Autumn occurs instead.... etc. etc.
In Lord of a Thousand Nights we are reintroduced to Ian of Guilford, who we first met in The Protector. Ian's a Knight come to claim the castle and lands of Black Lyne Keep for his leige lord, Morvan. In the process of laying siege to the castle he meets the Lady Reyna. She is the widow of the most recent lord of Black Lyne Keep - Robert of Kelso, and suspected of poisoning and killing him.
The book revolves around the battle of wills and wits entered into by Reyna and Ian as their relationship evolves. While that shennanigans goes on there's also the mystery of Roberts death and origin to be solved if Ian is to save Reyna from standing trial. All in all, there's plenty of action, lots of passion, and enough Reyna mischief to lighten the tension of unknown evil. Altogether a very enjoyable read.
If you're new to Madeline's books, I'd suggest reading the two predecessors to ths: By Arrangement then The Protector and then this one.