The Duke of Shadows

The Duke of Shadows

by Meredith Duran
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Duke of Shadows 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 59 reviews.
G.Craig More than 1 year ago
This romance has the usual handsome, smoldering duke and the proper young miss thrown together, each to find true love and understanding and passion in the other. Now, I've said that as if it were a bad thing, but it's not. That formula allows lots of room for the writer to explore character and growth, and Duran does that. This romance is set in India, in the Raj, during a time of dangerous unrest. That alone, with Duran's skillful use of historical fact and vibrantly described places, is worth the read. Another twist on the expected romance tale is that the characters face a quite lengthy spell of pain and grief which is not at all sure to be resolved. If one were not up on the genre, one could easily believe that these two will never make each other happy. In other words, Duran has written a complex character novel with a fascinating setting. A very good read. I recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In a phenomenally written historical romance about the Rebellion in India during the mid-1800¿s, Ms. Duran brings the splendor and trauma of this time to life and shows the richness of a culture that fought to remain, and the soldiers of England who were traumatized by this war. Yet in all the chaos, there is beauty and love between two remarkable characters, the very young and beautiful Emmaline Martin and the handsome and cynical Julian Sinclair, The Duke of Auburn. When Emma¿s fiancé¿s betrayal leaves Emma trapped in India with no other family to help save her and get her out of India, she has no choice but to turn to Julian for help. The situation they find themselves in turns into an attraction for each other that deepened into an intense love. During the turmoil of the rebellion, Julian loses Emma and thinking her dead, returns to England and mourns her for years. But Emma is very much alive and has felt deserted by Julian. Using her talent as an artist, she sketches and paints the horrors of the India Rebellion over the years and is then encouraged to show her art in a special showing. Julian, struggling through his mourning, is finally pushed to return to society. Considered a traitor in India and a hero in London, Julian feels lost in both worlds until without Emma until he attends the special art show, recognizes the artist by the work he sees and discovers his Emma is alive! Emma¿s love has turned to indifference at feeling abandoned, while Julian¿s deep loss turns to anger at the thought that Emma was alive and never contacted him. But the years of feeling betrayed between them both has really intensified their love. Will Emma and Julian learn to come to terms with the past and the present, while at the same time discovering who the real traitor in India was? In this well-written story, there is much intensity, mystery, and sensuality in a story that shows the ugliness of war, yet beauty and love that can rise from it all. Ms. Duran has done a wonderful job at research about a complicated time in history. The characters have such depth throughout the span of time of the story. It is sensual in a way that no other story could be given the time and situation the characters find themselves in. A Gather.com contest winner, The Duke of Shadows is truly a wonderful debut that reads as if it were written by a master of history and romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thie was a great read. It touched one many themes such as to religions, prejudice, love and war using characters over a great length of time revealing depths to them both in their mutual fight for survival. Travel from war torn India to London searching to unite a love both main characters want but fear. This story focuses on a part of history not usually explored in any depth. The characters have their moments when you want to shake them into action or call them foolish for their inability to see what's in front of them but alas that is the very basis of why we read romance novels to begin with. Overall the way the book is divided into a kind of before and after with a treacherous villain just waiting to arrive. You can truly feel some of the pain and shock of seeing the world through a witness of war who finds love in its midst.
romance_readerLD More than 1 year ago
Not for the faint of heart, Duran gives us an intense and compelling novel.
Romance_Bibliophile More than 1 year ago
I have never been so moved to write a review before but this book demands notice. Heart-wrenching, gripping, dramatic are just some of the words that come to mind. It places two oustanding characters in a pre-uprising in India and follows them back to England. The plot, historical setting and elements of the story are strinkingly vivid. At its heart are the characters that deserve a satisfying happy ending. I would have enjoyed more time for them to be together before the story ended but it doesn't diminish the story in anyway. This story has stayed with me long after reading!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Historically accurate, compelling and unforgettable characters. I was moved to tears in some places. I could not put the book down until I had finished it, and then I began to read it again. It's a great book -- one I plan to keep!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a keeper. Not for the casual romance reader. This one has great depth, character devekopment and historical color. These characters go through a lot of pain and it really isn't clear how it will end. I recommend this book if you are looking fir something a little different.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic book, my second or third by this author. Very real, very likable characters and lots of chemistry. A very complex storyline set against a vivid historical backdrop. In particular, the dialogue in the middle section is spectacular. I loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its been a long time since I've read a book with so much historical content creating a wonderful tale that keeps you captivated. A new author I'll gladly add to my book shelf!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great history, amazing character development. Very vivid and engrossing. I couldn't sleep until I finished.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did enjoy reading this book. At times, it was a page turner to keep reading on to see what happens next. Some unpleasant details of war, but the story kept me interested.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really different from most romance novels couldnt put it down!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldnt sleep till the book was done.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1857 her parents died in the shipwreck that Emmaline Martin was fortunate to survive. Although grieving she continues the journey to Delhi, India to meet up with her fiancé Marcus. He not only proves arrogant and snooty, he betrays her as the sepoy native soldiers revolt against the British. Half native and English heir Julian Sinclair saves her life bringing her to safety in the independent desert city Sheened, but they are separated when he follows his duty back to Delhi to negotiate a peace between the warring parties. When he returns to Sheened, she is gone he can not find her so he sadly assumes she died. Shortly afterward Julian goes to England as a duke. --- In 1861, paintings of India become the rage of London. Julian is ecstatic to find the artist is Emma as he never forgot her from their brief moments together. As they finish what they had no time to peruse in India, falling in love, someone tries to kill his Emma. Julian risks his life to keep her safe as he will not allow anyone ever again to split them apart. --- Though somewhat typical of the Victorian romance, fans of the sub-genre will appreciate THE DUKE OF SHADOWS as two honorable individuals, outcasts in many ways, fall in love. Especially refreshing is the India sequence as readers observe the Anglo-native interactions. Emma and Julian turn Meredith Duran¿s historical into an entertaining read. --- Harriet Klausner
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