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Though Dafydd is the fourth son of Welsh nobility, when he leaves his home he becomes a humble woodsman in small kingdom of Lysnowydh on the sea. During a fierce storm, a stranger seeks shelter in Dafydd's remote cottage. He is no ordinary traveler-he is Christopher, King of Lysnowydh. The wild passion that flares between them rivals the storm, and love moves King Christopher's heart to name Dafydd Marshal of his troops to keep him ...
Though Dafydd is the fourth son of Welsh nobility, when he leaves his home he becomes a humble woodsman in small kingdom of Lysnowydh on the sea. During a fierce storm, a stranger seeks shelter in Dafydd's remote cottage. He is no ordinary traveler-he is Christopher, King of Lysnowydh. The wild passion that flares between them rivals the storm, and love moves King Christopher's heart to name Dafydd Marshal of his troops to keep him close.
However, love is never simple or safe when it must endure the pressures of political life. Though Dafydd proves himself in battle, Lysnowydh's nobles protest his rise in position and power. Forces will conspire against Dafydd and Christopher, and they must endure treason, treachery, and the demands of a kingdom requiring an heir to secure their happiness together.
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1st Edition published July 27, 2009 by Dreamspinner Press
Posted August 19, 2009
A number of things initially attracted me to pick up Rowena Sudbury's "The King's Tale." I was intrigued by the fact that it is a historical novel, and the blurb and the small excerpt of story were both promising. But as much as I would like to say that I never judge a book by its cover, I have to admit that the real reason I picked this book up was the visual impact of its cover art. This is a physically attractive novel - from the cover, to the script used, to the small graphic at each chapter opening - and for all that this is an electronic novel and not a tree book, I itched to hold it in my hand as soon as I stumbled across it online. And now that I've read it, I'm even more enchanted. I was amazed to find that this is Ms. Sudbury's first published novel, because this story is simply excellent. It is beautifully written and emotionally gripping, and it will pull its readers out of their armchairs and back to the Middles Ages in Great Britain.
I stayed up late finishing this novel - very late - and probably sniffled my way through a third of it. And while this may have led to a case of slightly burning eyes the next morning, it was worth it. I enjoyed every single page of this story. It was touching, exciting, sometimes violent, and it held me absolutely riveted until the very end. The setting incorporates a realism that I found to be captivating. There is beauty, but there is also squalor and filth. These kingdoms are not those of fairytale castles and rainbow-hued unicorns. Rather, they are places where life can be struggle for survival on a daily basis.
"The King's Tale" revolves around the characters Dafydd and Christopher, two men who are opposites yet who complement each other so perfectly that they seem to have been created by nature specifically for that purpose. The bond of love and emotion between the two men is deep and moving. Christopher is very much a king. He acts as his subjects need him to act. He wears a fearsome public face, is quick to anger, metes out swift and ruthless judgment, and offers little quarter to his enemies. Yet for all his arrogant and regal airs, he has a softer side that only Dafydd and a very few others get to see. He cares deeply for his kingdom and the people therein, and he knows that the needs of his kingdom must supersede any personal desires he might have.
Dafydd tempers Christopher with quiet wisdom and gentle ways that hide a great strength. Others may look upon Dafydd as being weak, assuming that he takes the "woman's role" in his relationship with the king; however, he is no stranger to pain, and he is fiercely loyal to his king and his adopted kingdom. Being a Welshman, he also has a mystical side that keeps him something of a mystery.
I am thrilled that I ran across "The King's Tale" during my never-ending search for entertaining reading material. Although I don't in general re-read my books, I can confidently state that this one is going to be an exception. Do I guarantee that you're going to like this novel as much as I did? No, of course not. But I do think that you should give it a shot. I'm certainly glad that I did, and I'll be eagerly awaiting Ms. Sudbury's next release.
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Posted October 10, 2009
This was agood read since I am interested in early century England. The characters were to the point. The plot was complicated, and I can see that several plot elements were left unsolved which may lead to a sequellWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 13, 2012
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