The King's Favorite

The King's Favorite

by Tanya Anne Crosby

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Overview

A Top Shelf Awards Nominee. "Loving the traditional Scottish Historical spiked with Fantasy…well played Crosby ," says Whiskey and Wit Book Reviews



Sometimes, love is all the magic you need...

Fearing her "gifts" will be used to defeat her sister Matilda, Elspeth Pendragon escapes the Black Mountain priory that has sheltered her and her sisters since their father's death, only to find herself indebted to, of all men, a Scotsman, whose loyalties are in question...



Left to face the wrath of a new sovereign, Malcom Scott is forced to swear fealty to Stephen of Blois to keep the castle he won by slaying his own grandfather. But having done that, he's pitted himself against Scotia, and even his own sire. But even as he realizes there's no turning back, the late King's favorite illegitimate daughter may offer him more than he ever anticipated.



Tanya Anne Crosby pens a tale that touches your soul and lives forever in your heart. - Sherrilyn Kenyon, #1 NYT Bestselling Author.



"Tanya Anne Crosby returns to writing historical fiction as only she can: superbly and beautifully...." - Suzan Tisdale, bestselling author of Rowan's Lady



"Tanya Anne Crosby builds worlds that immediately draw you in, with multi-dimensional characters and rich, detailed storylines. Her stories are absolutely riveting." -Kathryn Le Veque, USA Today Bestselling Author & Amazon All-Star Author



"Tanya Anne Crosby is a master of her genre." -Internationally Bestselling Author, Laurin Wittig

Books in this Series


  1. Book 1: The King's Favorite (Elspeth's story)
  2. Book 2: The Holly & the Ivy
  3. Book 3: A Winter's Rose
  4. Book 4: Fire Song
  5. Book 5: Rhiannon

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781947204119
Publisher: Oliver-Heber Books
Publication date: 02/06/2019
Series: Daughters of Avalon , #1
Edition description: Mass Market
Pages: 344
Sales rank: 1,101,604
Product dimensions: 4.37(w) x 7.01(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

Tanya Anne Crosby is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Historical Romance. She has been featured in magazines, such as People, Romantic Times and Publisher's Weekly, and her books have been translated into eight languages. Known for stories charged with emotion and humor and filled with flawed characters, her first novel was published in 1992 by Avon Books, where she was hailed as "one of Avon's fastest rising stars" and her fourth book was chosen to launch the company's Avon Romantic Treasure imprint. She and her writer husband split their time between Charleston, SC, where she was raised, and northern Michigan, where the couple make their home.

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The King's Favorite 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Aquamarine1951 More than 1 year ago
This new series was a fabulous read. Tanya Crosby is a gifted writer who weaves stories rich in historical details with characters that are multi-dimensional and have undeniable chemistry. This storyline was a real page turner that blended romance, magic, suspense, danger and action. It was beautifully written, entertaining and captivating. If you read “MacKinnon’s Bride” than you will remember his son Malcom MacKinnon. He is all grown up and is now the English Earl of Aldergh, a title he inherited from his step-mother Page. Elspeth is the eldest daughter of the dead King Henry and his mistress, the witch Morwen. Elspeth supports her half-sister Queen Matilda in the war for control of England while Malcom supports the English King Stephen. Morwen wants to rule England and is pure evil. She has aligned herself with King Stephen who arranges for her 5 daughters to wed Stephen’s “new” men. Elspeth runs from the marriage and meets up with Malcom. That meeting sets the stage for their story. I was totally engrossed in the storyline from the first chapter and it kept my attention through the end. Tanya Anne Crosby is a master storyteller. I never give specific details of a plot because writing is an author’s livelihood. I highly recommend this story and hope you enjoy it as I did. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
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I can't wait for the next
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
The King's Favorite (Daughters of Avalon Book 1) by Tanya Anne Crosby is a riveting new series, with bold characters and a suspenseful storyline. Her multi-dimensional characters and rich, detailed story lines will pull the reader into her story and hold them in complete and utter awesomeness. Fast paced, well crafted and intriguing story. The characters are fantastic, charming and engaging. The storyline will capture your attention and hold you in awe as you follow  Elspeth Pendragon, the late King's favorite illegitimate daughter and Malcom Ceann Ràs, aka Malcom Scott, the new laird to his grandfather's castle. Filled with tense moments, suspense, mystery, romance, betrayal, possible treason, secrets and the power of true love. Beautifully and superbly written! I can hardly wait for book 2, "A Winter's Rose (Rosalynde's, story). Rosalynde is one of Elspeth's sister's, each sister has a special "gift". Another must read by the very talented Tanya Anne Crosby! Strongly recommended to fans of Historical Romance, Historical fiction, romance that will keep you turning pages and on the edge of your seat. Captivating with a beautiful Romance. Rating: 5 Heat rating: Mild Reviewer: AprilR .
Booklover2222 More than 1 year ago
“The King’s Favorite” was a wonderful beginning to a new series by Tonya Ann Crosby. It begins with Malcolm, whom we met as a lad in “The MacKinnons’ Bride” and as an angry young man in “The MacKinnons’ Hope“. He has inherited his grandsire’s lands and sworn fealty to Steven known as the “usurper king”. He meets Elspeth as she is trying to steal his horse, while trying to escape a forced marriage, arranged by her mother and King Steven. Unbeknownst to Malcolm she is the daughter of the former king, “King Henry”. I found I didn’t want the story of Malcolm and Elspeth to end. I enjoyed not only the story of the two lovers but the dedicated research that obviously went into this book and the beautiful descriptions of countryside. The characters, their emotions and thoughts were depicted with a depth that made you hate the villains and cheer for the heroes. The dialogue was truly fun. It all made for a wonderful book. As I said before I didn’t want the story of Malcolm and Elspeth to end but wanted to get to know them better. I received this book as an ARC copy and the review presented is my expressed opinion.
lcdolphin More than 1 year ago
An incredible read! The way the author weaves history into the story is like no other. This story started off very sad, as the characters were well known from another of Ms Crosby's series, but gladly I can say there is a HEA for more than just the couple. And the couple, Malcom and Elspeth, oh the couple! They are such caring people, that they worry over others before themselves. If you, in any way, enjoy a good story, fantasy, romance or HEAs - this book is for you.
IraWo More than 1 year ago
Okay, I can't say that I didn't put the book down because I did. For several days. Honestly? A couple of pages in, my heart was broken. I was so upset about the things that I read there about sweet little Malcolm (at least, once upon a time in another book he was sweet and little), that it took me some days to get over it and read on. And then I barely put it down anymore because it was so good! What I really love about the books by this author, is her manner of weaving a story by combining historical facts with a brilliant and captivating story, lots of romance and a healthy dose of myth. I loved the vivid picture of a country torn by war and conflicting loyalties, of people having to face their own kin on the battlefield and I also loved the amazing and unique characters and their story. Elspeth and her sisters soon found a place in my heart and I felt with them but also feared for them and wondered about their mother's ruthlessness and her power. Especially her power. Her mother was set apart, not only by her actions and her thoughts but also because she was the only one whose part is told in the first person. Immediately, every time you stumble upon her parts, you are on guard and fear what new atrocities will be revealed. Along with our hero and our heroine, you learn to hate and to fear Morwen - and this was just the beginning. I loved how Malcolm and Elspeth fell for each other. Despite the sudden and definitely quick manner of their...well...kind-of-not-really-courtship, you can feel that those two belong together and that they care a lot for each other. Elspeth is so sweet and Malcolm's devotion to her and his calm acceptance of her uniqueness and her power are simply amazing. Such a beautiful and amazing book, I can't wait to read the book in this series!
TexasDaughter More than 1 year ago
A great twist on the legend of the Pendragons, this story goes forward in time to tell the tale of Malcolm and Elspeth. Set in the time of the warring factions of Stephen and Matilda, falling in love is the least of their worries! The lingering doubt for Elspeth of “Is it love or is it Majik”, thanks to her sister, Rhiannon, was a nice twist to the romance. I loved the interspersed mysticism, the love of the sisters, the evilness of the villain and the way the author so expertly tied everything together to make a very interesting and intriguing read. And, I must admit, I am thrilled that this is the first in a new series.
MariaRoseDariotis More than 1 year ago
A Five Star Read !!!! This was an EPIC read! Be prepared to sacrifice sleep for this story – I did. There are so many devious twists and turns in this plot that you never know who to trust. This was well written with so much descriptive detail I felt that I was a living bystander in the story! Elspeth is one of five ilegitamate daughters to the now deceased King Henry by his very devious mistress Morwen. A woman so power hungry she’ll use her daughters in advantageous marriages to control the realm. Morwen is so evil and with the blackest of hearts she will stop at nothing to achieve her goals even use Magic. Malcolm MacKinnon is the new Kings man sent to expose a traitor when Elspeth literally falls into his lap! He’s immediately attracted to her and vows to keep her safe even if it means to go against the new kings orders! This was such an action packed read I was entranced from the very first page! Tanya Anne Crosby is an extremely gifted author, her stories come to life right in front of your eyes! I highly recommend this new book you will not be disappointed! I recieved a complimentary copy from the author. This is my honest unbiased opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Witch’s Daughter. I didn’t realise when I started this story that it was a paranormal and because this is not my usual genre I did find some parts of the novel difficult to comprehend. The history of the time is cleverly interwoven but I feel footnotes would have improved my understanding. Having said all the above I did enjoy the story. I was gifted a copy of this book by the author via her newsletter. I voluntarily chose to read and reviewed; all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Kings Favorite was exceptional. A little hard getting into it but it soon came all together. I loved it! Can’t wait for the next one! Tanya Anne Crosby is one of my favorite authors.
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MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
The King's Favorite (Daughters of Avalon Book 1) by Tanya Anne Crosby is a riveting new series, with bold characters and a suspenseful storyline. Her multi-dimensional characters and rich, detailed story lines will pull the reader into her story and hold them in complete and utter awesomeness. Fast paced, well crafted and intriguing story. The characters are fantastic, charming and engaging. The storyline will capture your attention and hold you in awe as you follow  Elspeth Pendragon, the late King's favorite illegitimate daughter and Malcom Ceann Ràs, aka Malcom Scott, the new laird to his grandfather's castle. Filled with tense moments, suspense, mystery, romance, betrayal, possible treason, secrets and the power of true love. Beautifully and superbly written! I can hardly wait for book 2, "A Winter's Rose (Rosalynde's, story). Rosalynde is one of Elspeth's sister's, each sister has a special "gift". Another must read by the very talented Tanya Anne Crosby! Strongly recommended to fans of Historical Romance, Historical fiction, romance that will keep you turning pages and on the edge of your seat. Captivating with a beautiful Romance. Rating: 5 Heat rating: Mild Reviewer: AprilR .
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