- Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group (April 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 042516232X
- ISBN-13: 978-0425162323
- Product Dimensions: 11 x 2.9 x 17.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,452,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Shadowheart Mass Market Paperback – 1 Apr 2004
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About the Author
Laura Kinsale is the award winning and"New York Times" bestselling author of"The Shadow and the Star," "Seize the Fire," "The Prince of Midnight," "Flowers From the Storm," "For My Lady s Heart," and"The Dream Hunter." She and her husband divide their time between Santa Fe and Dallas."Shadowheart"won the Romance Writers of America Rita Award for best long historical romance of 2004. Kinsale also won best romance novel of 1990 for"Prince of Midnight." Kinsale was 1987 1988 Career Achievement Award Winner from"Romantic Times Magazine." She was also Regency Historical Romance 2004 Career Achievement Award Winner from"Romantic Times Magazine"and the Innovative Historical Romance 1994 RRA Awards Nominee for Best Historical Romance Author." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
Shadowheart is the story of their trials in regaining their rightful places and of healing the wounds of Allegreto's terrible youth. It is not always pretty, is far from usual romance fare, but it is gripping and emotional in its own right.
Laura Kinsale is a romance writer par excellence and although this is slightly darker than her usual writing, it is still going to be a keeper. I have to say though, I thought that Elena, although having good reason to be aggrieved at Allegreto, was maybe a little too spiteful at times. In my opinion it sometimes compounded the way he had been treated all of his life. Yet it is only fiction, so treated as such it is a wild, superbly absorbing book, but don't take my word for it, grab a copy and see.
I love heroes that are alpha (strong, dominant personalities), but the more complex, dark ones are the Gamma rogues - the males that are outside of society, that chew up the Alpha males and spit them out as a pastime, men in the genius Anne Stuart's Bad Bad Boys vein. Stuart is the Queen of the dark and deadly male, but Kinsale is shaking the leg of throne with Allegreto. He is a brilliant creation that leaps off the pages. A trained assassin, he is determined to regain his rightful place in the Italian Principality of Monteverde - and he does not care what he has to do to achieve his aim or whom he uses. And in reaching his goal, he sees Lady Elena, the lost Monteverde Princess as the perfect pawn, thus sealing her fate.
Elena is returning to Monteverde, betrothed to the man now running Monteverde. Her ship is overtaken and captured by pirates - lead by none other than Allegreto. She is first his prison, then later forced to wed him. Captive, lover, wife, Elena is naturally furious, as he is a hard man, nearly cruel, but flashes of moments when he displays a tenderness toward her begins to cause her to look part the killer veneer and see the man - the real man there - a man driven.
Take a killer and making him a hero is, as they say, "a hard row to hoe". Anne Stuart did it in her brilliant "Moonrise", a book that haunts me years after putting it down. Kinsale now does it with "Shadow Heart".Read more ›
Elena's life had been simple, sweet, and shielded for as long as she couldrecall. When Sir Raymond de Claire went to his lord and asked for Elena'shand in marriage, the customary background check was done of her bloodlines. That was the end of her innocence. The shocking truth was revealed.Unknown to most, including herself, she was Princess Elena Rosafina diMonteverde, the direct descendant from the ruling house of Monteverde. Shewas the granddaughter of Prince Ligurio and long since thought dead. TheLady Melanthe (from "For My Lady's Heart") had hidden Elena, with the helpof an assassin, from the sight of those who would see her dead.
The house of Riata ruled Monteverde for now. Knowing the people wouldembrace Elena as the true ruling house, she was charged to marry FrancoPietro which would combine the houses of Riata and Monteverde. Unhappy,but with no other choice, Elena set sail for Monteverde and her marriage.
Allegreto Navona, the illegitimate son of the cruel Gian Navonaintercepted Elena's passage. She was taken to his island and was savedfrom being forced to wed the Riata. Instead, she would be forced to wedAllegreto of the Navona house. His marriage to Elena would seal his claimto rule Monteverde. Then he and his men, specially trained by him, wouldinvade the city Monteverde and become the ruling lords.
Elena fell in love with Allegreto, but he was a man with many darksecrets. He claimed to have no heart, but pledged his life and service toElena. Once in Monteverde, Elena must somehow return her people to thepeaceful ways of her grandfather.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A magical book. Pure escapism. Developed characters. A gripping story. Highly recommended read.Published on 16 Sept. 2014 by Ms. S. Rai
I could never praise Laura Kinsale books enough. They are so intelligent and insightful and not even in the same league as so many frivolous romance novels.Published on 17 Jun. 2014 by A Reader