The King's Man

The King's Man

by Elizabeth Kingston


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Ranulf Ombrier's fame throughout England for his skill at swordplay is rivaled only by his notoriety as King Edward I's favorite killer. Ranulf's actions have gained him lands, title, and a lasting reputation as a hired butcher. But after years of doing his king's bidding, he begins to fear for his mortal soul and follows his conscience away from Edward, all the way to the wilds of Wales.

Gwenllian of Ruardean, Welsh daughter of a powerful Marcher lord, has every reason to leave Ranulf for dead when one of her men nearly kills him. As a girl she was married by proxy to a man Ranulf murdered, only to become a widow before she ever met her groom. In the years since, she has shunned the life of a lady, instead studying warfare and combat at her mother's behest. But she has also studied healing and this, with her sense of duty to knightly virtues, leads her to tend to Ranulf's wounds.

Saving her enemy's life comes with consequences, and Gwenllian and Ranulf are soon caught up in dangerous intrigue. Forced together by political machinations, they discover a kinship of spirit and a surprising, intense desire. But even hard-won love cannot thrive when loyalties are divided and the winds of rebellion sweep the land.

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ISBN-13: 9781515027676
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/09/2015
Pages: 324
Sales rank: 327,697
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.73(d)

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The King's Man 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very strong charactors and an interesting story make for a good read. You feel as though you've gotten to know who these people are and why they are behaving the way they do. There are tender monents and fierce battle moments but never over the top unbelievable moments. Personally I would have enjoyed a more complete ending to this story. They literally road off into the sun. (The followup book seems to tell the mother's story and not finish this one. I have not read it so I can't say for certain.) The wording can be tricky at times and you'll find yourself going back and re-reading a sentence, but it isn't going to stop you from reading. Some have questioned the disfigurement of the main female charactor, wondering exactly what is wrong with her. To me the question is answered in the description given. She is tall and lean, very physically fit with dark hair and gray eyes. At the time fair haired girls with blue eyes were considered beautiful. Because she was so opposite, she felt disfigured but in reality she was beautiful in her own way just as her husband told her. My advice to you would be to just sit back and enjoy this book! (About 233 pages)
Anonymous 9 months ago
I loved the writing style and the story in general. I have grown tired of typical romances, reading the same thing over and over. This book had me hooked from the first page. A strong female who is multifaceted and a man whose demons has caught up to him. I enjoyed it and will be buying the next one.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Very boring. The writing was jumpy and all over the pace. The author was trying to hard to write in old English but clearly couldn’t.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Always appreciate finding a new author who writes more than just dialogue. I want to be immersed in a book, and she did it, she sucked me in LOL. Good job, I am returning for more.
SeaWolf More than 1 year ago
An interesting story with well developed characters
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was a bit confused about the references that were made about her looks. The writer made it sound at times like she was disfigured. I would have liked an epilogue to tell a bit about what happened after her brought her back home and what about the baby?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had me hooked the whole way through! I love the strong heroine! I LOVED IT!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Overall this was a very interesting read. Enjoyed it from cover to cover.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So much tragedy, hatred, envy, and love. Couldn't put it down until The End. Gmas
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Often, when reading a period piece, the attempt to use authentically accented language can occasionally be successful but is more often than not an annoying failure. The Kings Man was successful at using a pre Victorian style of speech that added an authentic atmosphere to the story. I liked the writing style and the history seemed well researched and believable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had not read a book based on this location or time period before and found it quite interesting. Even more so that a mother would groom her daughter to be a soldier.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book!
DaleDL More than 1 year ago
The story kept me interested all the way through. I will look for more books by Elizabeth Kinston
Anonymous 10 months ago