Untamed (Medieval Series #1)

Untamed (Medieval Series #1)

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by Elizabeth Lowell

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Returning home triumphant from the Crusades, Dominic le Sabre is determined to claim the bride promised to him by the king, but the high-born Celtic beauty is equally determined to resist him.

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Returning home triumphant from the Crusades, Dominic le Sabre is determined to claim the bride promised to him by the king, but the high-born Celtic beauty is equally determined to resist him.

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Romantic Times
Wonderous...Riveting... Powerful and Sensual...sure to thrill and captivate her many fans.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Lowell ( Only His ) opens her medieval trilogy with a fanciful but banal story of Lady Margaret, who marries the Norman knight Dominic le Sabre in the hope that he can protect her Saxon home, Blackthorne Keep, during troubled times. In marrying him, she defies the dying wish of John of Cumbriland, who raised her: that she wed his illegitimate son, Duncan of Maxwell. Meg and Dominic are surrounded by threats: Duncan is poised to disrupt the wedding; Eadith, Meg's attendant, hates the Normans, who killed ``her husband, father, brothers, and uncles'' (women relatives seem of no concern); Meg's powerful home-brewed medicine has been stolen and her ``Glendruid'' psychic powers indicate impending danger. Lowell's clumsy tale appears to glorify a system that ranks females as less valuable than males. Dominic seeks a male heir, but Meg's eccentric Glendruid reproductive system may deny him his wish: Glendruid women are not known for producing sons. If Dominic gives Meg ``great pleasure'' in bed, he will earn himself a daughter, but it takes ``great love'' to produce a son. Major ad/promo. (Mar.)

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Medieval Series, #1
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4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.04(d)

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Chapter One

Spring in the Reign of King Henry I Northern England

The sound of a war horn sliced through the day, announcing the coming of Blackthorne Keep′s new lord. As though summoned, a dark shape condensed out of the mist ... a knight in full armor riding a huge stallion. Horse and man seemed one, indivisible, fierce with the male power singing in their blood like a storm.

"They say he is a devil, m′lady the widow Eadith muttered.

"They say that of all Norman knights," Meg said to her handmaiden with desperate calm, " yet among them surely there must be men of Kind and generous hearts."

Eadith made a sound that could have been a throttled laugh.

"Nay, mistress." Tis fitting that your bridegroom wears chain mail and rides a savage destrier. There is whispering of war."

"There will be no war," Meg said firmly. "That is why I will wed--to end the bloodletting.

"Do not mislead yourself . War is more likely to be waged than a wedding," Eadith announced with savage satisfaction. Death to the Norman invaders!"

"Silence," Meg said softly. "I will hear no talk of war."

Eadith′s mouth thinned, but she spoke no more of war.Standing at a high window of the keep, shielded from view by a partly closed shutter Meg searched the land for the riding household that must have accompanied the warrior, who would soon become her husband. Nothing moved behind the war-horse but silver mist twisting above the fields. The horn had been sounded by someone hidden within the forest that lay beyond the keep′s cultivated land.

Horse and chain mail-dad knight loomed larger with every moment, riding openly up to the keep, fearing nothing. No retainers hurned behind the knight no squires appeared leading war-horses or pack animals burdened with the shmmg metal tools of war. Against all custom, Dominic le Sabre approached the Saxon keep with nothing but the war horn′s deep cry attending him.

"This one is truly the Devil wearing man′s flesh," Eadith said, crossing herself. I would never wed him.,,

"Quite true. ′Tis my hand to be given, not yours.,"

′May God save you," Eadith muttered. I tremble for you, my lady, since you have not the wit to tremble for yourself!"

I am the last of an ancient and proud line, Meg said in a husky voice. "What is a nameless Norman bastard to make a daughter of Glendruid tremble?"

Yet even as Meg spoke, fear washed coolly down her spine. The closer Dominic le Sabre rode, the more she feared her handmaiden was right.

"God be with you, m′lady, for ′tis certain tile Devil will be!"

As Eadith spoke, she crossed herself again.

With outward composure Meg watched the proud warrior ride closer This was the man who would claim her as bride, and with her, the vast domain that she would inherit upon the munment death of her father. That was the lure that had brought a famous Noman knight from Jerusalem to the northern marches of King Henry′s realm. Her father′s estates had always been the lure for the Scots lords whose families had asked Meg′s hand for their sons. But first William ll and then Henry I had refused to condone a marriage for Lady Margaret of Blackthorne. Until now.The knight on his war stallion approached closer, telling Meg that her future husband was unusual in more than that he rode alone. Like an outcast knight, he wears no lord′s colors, yet certainly he is favored by the English king. When he becomes my husband, he will control more land than any but the greatest of the king′s barons. Puzzled, Meg watched the Norman knight who had become a great English lord. He rode under no banner and wore no man′s emblem on his teardropshaped shield. His helm was fashioned of a strange, blackened metal, the same color as the war horse that bore him. The long cloak that mantled his mail--clad body and that of his horse was dark, rich, and swirled heavily with the stallion′s powerful movements.

Proud as Lucifer both of them. And as strong.

Meg watched the dark lord′s approach, willing herself to show no fear.

"He′s uncommon large," Eadith said.

Meg said nothing.

"Does he not appear fearsome to you?" the handmaiden asked.

Untamed. Copyright © by Elizabeth Lowell. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my first book by Elizabeth Lowell. I was so awed by her writing style. The characters and scenes were described in a way that you could see in your minds eye exactly what it looked like. The action scenes were so precisely but not over written that I could literally hear in my mind the swords connecting with shields! This was an amazing series, I have read it over and over again, never tiring of the story, characters and the era! Wonderful Wonderful Wonderful!
GtzLstNRding More than 1 year ago
If you like a good story of knights and lords you can't go wrong with this book. Lowell colors a picture of the harsh realities that existed for common folk, lords, and those with special gifts. There are battles of the sward and the heart that are to be won.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book as a well written romance book. It's not predictable like most romance cliches. Dominic and Meg both share a love for falcons. Dominic is attracted to Meg the moment that he sees her. They are forced to get married, but something tests their relationship. Their relationship has a lot tension and chemistry building among them that is reflected throughout the book. It's about trust, faith, loyalty, and love. It's about how human beings can gravely affect one another.
BookaholicTracy More than 1 year ago
Fantastic. A great weekend read with satisfying ending
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read all 3 books and I was spellbound. Ms. Lowell is a fantastic writer. She takes us into a journey where you wish you didn't have to return. But, she needs to write a book about Eric.
Legalmom18 More than 1 year ago
I really like this author and this series was well written. I looked forward to each book in the series.
Angelica Illueca More than 1 year ago
The book maintained a steady pace and held my interest. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of EL's best books. A story that will capture your heart and pull you back to the past. A fantasy that will leave you satisfied and yet desiring more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a hard sell on books. It is rare I give 5 stars, this books deserves all this and more. I got it from the library and literally read it in 1 day. It told of Meg and Dominic in a way that was heart touching and believable. Well worth the time to read. Warning! Once you start it you wont beable to put it down. Please consider using your public library for your reading needs.
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Just one seduction scene after another. It bothered me that the heroine wore bells like a slave.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the charactors
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loverofromance More than 1 year ago
Lady Margaret has been commanded by the King, to marry the enemy, Dominic, a Norman knight and a powerful warrior who is well known throughout the country. Margaret is a witch of sorts, a healer, and her curse is that she will only bear a heir if she and her husband are in love, a powerful and unyielding love. Her father and childhood friend on intent on making sure that there is no match between Meg and the Norman, whom they view as the enemy. However Meg's first priority is the people she is in charge to care for. So she marries Dominic, knowing she would face the wrath of her family.But Meg knows her duty. Dominic, has fought through many battles and wars, and has suffered torture, and now he desires one thing above all else, a son, a heir. Little does he know how much he is going to have to prove himself to get his heir. Meg is his wife, and he would never force her, but when he hears of her beliefs and that he will never get a heir without her loving him, he sets out to seduce her. Dominic doesn't realize that he will discover a beautiful love with his stunning wife and a happiness he could only dream of... Untamed is the first in the medieval series by Elizabeth Lowell. For years I had heard so many great things about this author, And after recently reading the third in this series, I was really excited to read Dominic's and Meg's story. The story starts out with Meg meeting Dominic, but Dominic thinking she is a servant and not his future bride. There is a bit of a spark that flies between them, but then Dominic soon finds out she is his bride. Meg, is apprehensive, and afraid in the beginning of Dominic. She doesn't know what to expect from him. Dominic, is intent on wooing his bride, since he could never force her to go to his bed with him. He wants her to come to him willingly. Then he becomes jealous when he learns that she may have had a affair with her distant cousin, and cages her within the keep and keeps a watchful eye on her. There is quite a bit of mistrust and misunderstandings that happen, but as the plot thickens, you see how this couple comes together when it really counts. This story is mostly about this couple learning to trust in each other, and the love that is right in front of them, if they will only reach out to grab it. There is a bit of a suspenseful portion to the plot, that tends to put you at the edge of your seat. Untamed is a thrilling story set in Medieval England, and I enjoyed how this author weaved culture and misconceptions of these two warring people. As you read Untamed, you see that this author does her research quite well. I am a bit of a history buff, so its always fun to learn new facts about different time periods, especially this time period. There is also a bit of a magic/paranormal element involved in the story. Not overly much at all, more like a light feathery touch into the story that adds a certain flair to the plot. I enjoyed seeing these two together. Both are very stubborn and strong willed, so chances are they are going to clash. However I felt like even though their relationship is rocky in the beginning, the rough edges start to smooth out as you get deeper into the story. The characters I loved, and I didn't have many issues with either one of them. I felt like Dominic is your typical Alpha male type, however, he does fit the Tortured male hero type as well. He has suffered from great torture recently, and you see how learning to love changes him, but in a much more sexier way. The heroine is a healer, and will do everything she can to protect her people. She isn't afraid to stand up to Dominic, but she also knows which battles to fight as well. You see how they learn to compromise and slowly start to trust in each other, even though they didn't trust each other at all in the beginning. Overall a jewel of a romance, one that will sweep you off your feet and into the magical time of the medieval time period. After reading this, Elizabeth Lowell is moving up my list of favorite historical romance authors. Its rare to see a author blend history, culture, passion, suspense, and romance into a gem of a read. Untamed will stir up passion, emotion, danger into a magically written story that will take you back through time. ENCHANTING!!
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This was a very intriguing and entertaining story ! The characters were all brought forth with so much volume you can picture yourself right there. There is never a dull part and when you think you know what will happen next , it changes to something even more exciting. Can't wait for this author's next medieval story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like that she carries the characters over into the other books. I like to seem them mature and still have flare. Not that many medieval romance books out there.
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