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The Sword Maiden (Celtic Nights Series #3)
     

The Sword Maiden (Celtic Nights Series #3)

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by Susan King
 

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"No one writes Scottish historical romances better than Susan King" (Mary Jo Putney), and The Swan Maiden and The Stone Maiden are proof. Now comes the third novel in the epic trilogy hailed by Romantic Times as "entrancing...fast-paced, action-packed, and enthralling." This truly is "historical romance at its best" (Rexanne Becnel).

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"No one writes Scottish historical romances better than Susan King" (Mary Jo Putney), and The Swan Maiden and The Stone Maiden are proof. Now comes the third novel in the epic trilogy hailed by Romantic Times as "entrancing...fast-paced, action-packed, and enthralling." This truly is "historical romance at its best" (Rexanne Becnel).

"Susan King's talent is a gift from the gods." (Virginia Henley)

"[A] well-conceived plot, fast pacing, and strong visual elements...[A] feisty historical romance." (Publishers Weekly)

"Powerful...a gem of a Highland romance." (Romantic Times, Top Pick)

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Publishers Weekly
Against the backdrop of the Hundred Years' War, King (The Swan Maiden, etc.) deftly spins a mystical Highland romance between the daughter of a Scottish clan leader and a humble blacksmith. Feisty Eva MacArthur is the guardian of Innisfarna, an island that is purported to possess fairy magic. Eva's status and her precious holdings have earned her the unwanted attentions of Colin Campbell, a land-greedy clan chief who has close ties to the English king. When Eva's oldest brother is imprisoned and her father falsely executed for treason, Colin blackmails Eva into accepting a betrothal in exchange for her brother's life. Colin stalls on his promise but seizes the MacArthur lands anyway. Desperate to reclaim Innisfarna, Eva turns to her trusted friend Lachlann MacKerron, only to find that the physical and emotional wounds he incurred while fighting in France have impaired his ability to craft her a fairy sword. Nevertheless, Eva and Lachlann ignite sparks that fan into a strong love and a successful rebellion. King, whose popularity has grown with each book, is a consummate storyteller with a keen ear for dialogue and the ability to create multifaceted characters who capture the reader's sympathy. Her solid grasp of history also helps to firmly entrench readers in this era. (Oct. 9) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451204332
Publisher:
Signet
Publication date:
10/01/2001
Series:
Celtic Nights Series , #3
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
4.34(w) x 6.72(h) x 0.99(d)

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Sword Maiden 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The third book in the maiden trilogy is a must for every reader of histroical romance. From the first to last page the reader is spellbound by the beautiful sensual story which takes place in the 15th century. Eva Macarthur guardian of her clan and island home and Lachlan Mackerron the blacksmiths son who does'nt think he is good enough for her. Their love for one another shines throughout the book despite her betrothal to another man The sword of Joan of Arc provides an unusual twist and Susans research of scottish history is as always excellent
harstan More than 1 year ago
In I428, Eva MacArthur, guardian of Innisfarna, agrees to marry Green Colin Campbell, an advisor to the King. Her long time friend Lachlann MacKerron is unhappy though he knows a blacksmith like him is not good enough for the daughter of a clan chief. Lachlann leaves for France to fight in the war. Colin arrives while Eva¿s father and older brother visit the King. He informs Eva that the king killed her father, imprisoned her brother, and outlawed Clan MacArthur. He tells her to marry him and give him Innisfarna and he will try to gain a pardon. She tells him she cannot because she is the female defender of the isle and the legend states that if a woman fails to act as the isle¿s protector Scotland is in trouble. He leaves for France as ambassador.

In 1431, Lachlann returns home only to learn that Innisfarna is now a fortress. Also returning to Innisfarna to claim everything including his proxy bride Eva is Colin. Eva knows she must fight him using the sword of the ¿French Maiden¿ out of respect for the legends of cherished Scotland.

The third book in Susan King¿s medieval Maiden series (see THE SWAN MAIDEN and THE STONE MAIDEN for the previous two novels) is an exciting fifteenth century romance. The story line uses references to Joan of Arc, a legend of Scotland, and faerie magic in special swords to enhance a beautiful love story between two star-crossed individuals. THE SWORD MAIDEN proves that historical tidbits can easily embellish a powerful story line when the author has the talent of Susan King.

Harriet Klausner

Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the last of King's well-written Maiden trilogy, and I really loved it (and I intend to read this one again!)! I love historical romance, especially medievals, and I think Susan King is one of the best, most eloquent writers in historical romance today. The Sword Maiden combines historical fact (with a surprising, well-done subplot about Joan of Arc), legend, great research and fascinating characters into a beautiful story. It has a blacksmith hero you will fall in love with and a sword-wielding heroine to cheer on (and the author really did her research!!). The Sword Maiden is not a quickie novel to read in a night and forget, but one to savor and remember (a keeper, in other words). Brava, Ms. King, and thank you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very excellent book by Susan King. there is intrigue and historical romance that takes place during the hundred years war. The Sword Maiden is a must read.
Daisy58 More than 1 year ago
This book was very good though it did move a little slower than the rest in the series...Very good plot and well written.
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Great reading! An enjoyable tale with just enough of the right ingredients!