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The Black Thorne's Rose (The Author's Cut Edition) Kindle Edition
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Moan over, I loved this novel and am astonished to read that it was Susan King's first novel. Both Emlyn and Nicholas were delightful characters, well fleshed out and developed. I admired Emlyn's skills with the long bow and Nicholas was a true knight as he fought to protect the rights of his villeins and the neighbouring monasteries.
Neither of them had it easy with John on the throne and having to deal with his bitter, cheating father who intended marrying Emlyn. Nicholas uses the disguise of the Green Man to frighten his superstitious father. He needed to rob him to support the villagers who were being over-taxed (as they all were) by John.
What I did like was how well the secondary characters were drawn. Something I've noticed in her other books. The story was well paced, the developing love between Nicholas and Emlyn was not without it's setbacks but, of course, it was clear that love would win through. However, this is no bodice-ripper and if that's what you want then you will be disappointed.
I can recommend this ebook to readers who are looking in for some great escapism. Ideal for a nasty afternoon. Just curl up with a good book.
This is a fast paced, complex book, but Susan King brings it off beautifully with great flair. Lots of deceptions weaved into the plot give rise to some amusing, fascinating scenes, but the romance throughout takes precedence: tender, gentle, suspenseful, with aimiable characters you invest in very quickly.
This was Susan King's first ever novel and although her subsequent ones were a decent enough read, they never quite reached the standard of this one, in my opinion. I first read it over 11 years ago, and its still a favourite now. Although I have a shabby paperback copy I've bought the kindle version too because its a definite keeper.
All medieval romance readers - enjoy! Recommended.
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