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Fires of Winter

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2014

    Written like a journal, didn't even finish it.

    I gave this book 68 pages of my time. It was written like a journal of the main male character and then switched to the journal of the wealthy female character. I found it utterly boring and switched to another book in my library. You would think by 68 pages, something would have happened.... perhaps they would have at least met.

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  • Posted October 19, 2011

    Engaging

    Fires of Winter is set in the 12th century, and starts with the story of the charming hero, Bruno, as a child. He does some amazing things when only a boy, including taking care of his orphaned baby half-sister. The sibling love between them is touching. His sister is the legitimate daughter of a lord while Bruno is a bastard. Despite this, he works hard and moves up in the world to become a knight who works closely with the king, Stephen.

    Politics play a big role in this book and take up much of the story. They are tightly woven into the plot. At this time in history, the daughter of the late king is fighting her cousin, the current king, for the right to the throne. The author wrote the historical details as if she had seen a diary of people who lived through it. It was very convincing.

    The hero, Melusine, turns out to be a good match for Bruno. She loses her entire family and temporarily goes mad. This is quite unexpected in an historical romance, but it¹s handled well. She fights her growing love for her husband because everyone she loves dies.

    Something that makes this different from the average romance is an occasional action by the hero that is normally taboo in this genre. For example, the marriage is forced on Melusine at the king's and queen's insistence, and on the wedding night, the king insists that Bruno make her his wife in full and Melusine is not exactly a willing participant.

    Also, another thing is slightly disturbing. In the beginning of their marriage, Bruno goes to a prostitute to satisfy his urges. He doesn't want to force his wife, feeling terrible about the wedding night. Near the end of the book, Bruno tells Melusine that he hadn't touched another woman since he'd been with her. Strangely, this didn't come across as a lie. It felt more like he had forgotten that night long before with a hired woman.

    Here's another interesting and unusual thing: Bruno doesn't find Melusine attractive at first, and she thought him handsome but not her type (after she comes back from temporary madness). The writing style is straight to the point, not flowery. The earthy feel of it fits the medieval world well.

    Also, despite a couple of disturbing things about Bruno's actions, he comes across as thoroughly likeable. Interestingly, he displays a kind of innocence in his thoughts and actions as he falls in love with his wife. It's refreshing for a book set in this time period to have a working man as a hero as well. He's not rich. His closeness to the king adds interest to a story filled with political intrigue. For fans of medieval romance who are looking for something a little different, this would be a great story to check out. The author knows her stuff.
    Originally posted at the Long and Short of It Romance Reviews

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 16, 2013

    Great Historical Romance,

    Good sequel to "Tapestry of Dreams. Roberta Gellis presents a unique picture of life in the Middle Ages from the opposite views of Knight and his wife. I Love all Gellis' books, especially the "Roseland Series".

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  • Posted September 27, 2011

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    This reprint of a classic twelfth century romance showcases the talent of the great Roberta Gellis

    Bruno is the offspring of the holder of Jernaeve Keep Sir William Fermain and Berta the whore. His father refuses to recognize Bruno even as a bastard of his.

    Lady Melusine of Ulle has been raised in luxury as the cherished daughter of Sir Malcolm and his wife. Though her dad has lineage to the Scottish throne, but not to Ulle, Malcolm owes his control of the keep partially because he is a fair honest leader and partially because he has the King's support.

    Years later, civil war divides the country. Melusine's father and brother support King David against King Stephen. Declared traitors, Bruno leads a unit of King Stephen's army that takes Ulle. To anchor his stronghold, King Stephen orders his loyal soldier Bruno to marry the traitor's daughter. On their wedding night, Melusine sets the tone of their marriage when she tries to kill her new spouse. As they begin to find common ground besides an unwanted attraction, Bruno remains loyal to his liege even becoming incarcerated with him, but he is looking forward to return to the wife he now cherishes.

    This reprint of a classic twelfth century romance showcases the talent of the great Roberta Gellis. The terrific story line rotates perspective between the lead couple in an epic sweep of the years, but also maintains a strong medieval base as the protagonists are a sign of their times in a great historical

    Harriet Klausner

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