Publishers Weekly - Publishers WeeklyStuffed full of historical detail and bloody battles, the newest installment in Drake's 14th-century Graham family series (Knight Triumphant, etc.) pits a resourceful Englishwoman against an overbearing Scottish warrior, but the resulting romance is more likely to irritate than entertain. The novel opens with an overview of Robert the Bruce's rise to power, which was helped along by funds exacted from fearful English families living on the borderlands. Lady Christina of Hamstead Heath is one of those fearful English, and when Bruce's men, led by Sir James Graham, arrive at her manor demanding money, she finds herself without anything to offer them but herself. James reluctantly agrees to take her hostage but soon comes to regret his decision. The two argue constantly. Their prime disagreement concerns Christina's brother, who has been wrongly accused of committing treason against the crown. Christina is determined to save Steven by sacrificing herself to the English lord who is holding him prisoner, but James refuses to let her do so. Rather than discuss the matter rationally, they insult and torment each other and then have sex. To the reader's dismay, this cycle continues ad nauseam. Though the story is rich in history, the protagonists' constant head-butting makes for an exceedingly tedious read. (Jan.) Forecast: Drake also writes contemporary romantic intrigues as Heather Graham, but don't expect considerable crossover sales. This carefully researched tale may interest Braveheart aficionados, but fans of modern fare will likely find it too dense for their palates.
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The Lion in Glory based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
I liked the parts of this book that really revealed the characters, when they felt vulnerable and scared. I felt like it was all happening to me. Towards the end of the book though, my feelings changed. I was getting sick of them screaming at Christina and Christina being so juvenile. It got redundant. Over and over again, go to your room! Overall, I liked it, but a little tweaking would have been nice.
When Jamie Graham is ordered to seize Hamstead Heath he had no need for a hostage.Especially one as lovely as Christina the manors chatelaine.From the beginning, Christina tries to drug Jamie and take him as her prisoner for ransom. Little does she know that he is on to her game.Christina continues to get Jamie to take her as his hostage.Christina only has one goal in mind, and that is to save her brother. Unaware that with all her plotting, she will fall in love with the enemy.
In July 1307 the mighty King Edward I died just prior to leading his Army against the upstart Scots. His son Edward the Second did not carry out his sire¿s wishes having to deal with civil war with his barons. The Scottish rebels led by King Robert the Bruce interprets the non-attack of Edward II as an opportunity to regain occupied land back from the English. Under the Scottish reclamation program, Jamie Graham takes Hamstead Heath, but has to deal with the chatelaine, Christina Steel who will do everything including selling herself to keep her brother Steven safe. The English monarch believes Steven allied with the seditious nobles so Christina throws her lot in with Jamie offering to become his hostage. Jamie has no use for a hostage, but the intrepid Englishwoman intrigues him as he tries to learn why she is so willing to do his bidding. As they fall in love, he wonders if she will prove traitorous, but against which side. THE LION IN GLORY is as much an interpretive historical tale as it is a medieval romance. The story line is loaded with historical tidbits and historiographic explications that paint Robert the Bruce as an incredible leader and Edward II as a hedonistic individual who does not have nearly the strength of his father or his Scottish counterpart. Sort of like Khrushchev may not have been Stalin, but without his courage there is no Gorbachav (this reviewer¿s explanation for the tumbling of the curtain). Still that aside, readers obtain a deep star-crossed historical romance that displays Shannon Drake¿s talent with the latest glorious Graham gala. Harriet Klausner