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A Knight like No Other

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  • Posted December 6, 2008

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    very poorly executed concept

    The basis of the story: During the reign of Henry II, his queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine, founded the Abbey of St. Jude, where young women can, in addition to living a life of prayer and contemplation, learn the knightly skills of weaponry.<BR/><BR/>From this Abbey, expert swordswoman Avisa de Vere has been sent by the Queen to protect her godson, Christian Lovell, from the intrigue between the King and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Beckett.<BR/><BR/>I thought the concept of women trained in the martial arts during the Middle Ages was interesting. Sadly, it was poorly executed in this book. The book plodded at times, and there was a fifty-page tangent which served little narratorial purpose other than to show that Avisa is a skilled fighter and a good leader.<BR/><BR/>I'm intrigued by the concept of the book, and am sticking with the series - for a while - in the hopes that the writing will improve. However, for this volume itself: don't bother. It's too poorly written to stand on its own.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    gender bending fun medieval romance

    In the twelfth century, Queen Eleanor backs and funds St. Jude's Abbey, a special place where young women learn to read and write and are trained in armed combat. One such sister, perhaps the best fighter, is Avisa de Vere, an expert with the broadsword and bow, who instructs other recruits in their use.--- Queen Eleanor arrives at St. Jude's Abbey with a task for Avisa to accomplish. She wants Avisa to guard her beloved godson Christian Lovell, who is on a quest to Canterbury accompanied by his brother and his page to clear his family name dishonored by his father. She is also to find a way to talk him out of going to Canterbury until his King returns from France. Christian 'rescues' Lady Avisa from outlaws and soon finds his quest detoured into saving her sister though he is amazed with her broadsword skill even while he and she fall in love with one another.--- The St. Jude¿s Abbey and the heroine make for a gender bending fun medieval romance. The story line is action packed with a fine male lead who is capable of taking care of himself and being a champion. However, Avisa, an adept with a sword or a bow, makes the tale fresh and unique with her skills. The suspense comes late, but fans will not be concerned due to the fine duel between the lead couple as to who will protect whom.--- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2004

    A tale of love and honor.

    St. Jude's Abbey is sponsored by Queen Eleanor. The women there are taught to read, write, and fight. Lady Avisa de Vere gave up her noble title for the status of 'Sister' when she was but a child. After years of training, Avisa is now proficient with broadsword and bow. She helps train the new residents. .................................................................... .............. Everyone knows of the trouble between King Henry and Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury. Currently, the king is in Bayeaus. Queen Eleanor gives Avisa a secret mission. The queen's godson is Christian Lovell. He is on a journey to restore honor to his family name. He plans to trek for Canterbury. His brother, Guy, and his page, Baldwin, accompany him. The queen wants 'Lady Avisa' to seek out Christian, persuade him to avoid Canterbury until the king returns to England, and guard him with her life. While doing so, Avisa must not let herself be connected to St. Jude's Abbey in any way. .................................................................... ................ Christian Lovell is a knight sworn to the service of King Henry 'Curtmantle'. His fondest wish is to cleanse the Lovell name of the dishonor brought on by his father. While en route to Canterbury, he 'rescues' a damsel in distress. He has no idea that the damsel was sent to protect him. When Lady Avisa asks him to help rescue her sister, he agrees. He has never met such an enticing female, especially one that carries a broadsword by her side and welds it so well. .................................................................... .... Avisa soon realizes that Christian has much courage and great honor. She finds herself desiring him in a way she cannot afford. And he is not making her resistance easy at all. ...................................... ***** Author Jocelyn Kelley has created a wondrous tale of love and honor set among one of the most troubling times of the past. I found the story to be witty, fast paced, and non-stop entertainment. I highly recommend this author to all fans of the Historical Romance genre. Excellent! *****

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