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Forbidden Mate (Holland Brothers, yTo do now that I knowour big secret conversations between the hero and his best friend were unutterably boring after the 3rd iteration much less the 10th Inspired by a thirteenth century poem called Roman de la Rose Revenge of the Rose envelops readers in a thrilling tale of courtly love political intrigue and CUNNING WIT THE MINSTREL JOUGLET IS A RIVETING CHARACTER wit The minstrel Jouglet is a riveting character schemes and uick mind made me laugh out loud while the main characters of Willem and Lienor provide an irresistible combination of the idealistic knight trying too hard to protect his spirited sister from the ways of the world Galland weaves their stories into an incredibly well developed unpredictable plot

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will keep Often Go Awry you guessing until very last page And though the novel feels like historical fiction I was surprised to learn in the author s notes that the court of Emperor Konrad where much of the story takes place did not exist nor did the personalities and politics around him As an avid historical fiction reader this revelation truly delighted me and revealed the depth of Galland s talent Combining her vivid imagination with a profound knowledge of history she was able to create an entirely new world filled with charactersou was able to create an entirely new world filled with characters Under Grand Hotel, Volume 02 you really existed A nice tale that reminds me a lot of Shakespearean comedies with hidden identities and lots of scheming I feel is one of Galland s better novels It s clearly not historical fiction but it clearly comes from an author who really knows her history and is manipulating it all to create an entertaining story The main trio in this novel are a brother sister and minstrel The brother Willem is a very good knight and a hopelessly clueless and romantic man that finds himself in the emperor s court The sister Lienor is a lovely and intelligent woman who is set to be betrothed to the emperor due to her brother s success in court Finally the minstrel Jouglet is in my opinion the most interesting character The minstrel is very good about figuring out people s intentions and manipulating events to see desired outcomes Jouglet decides to champion Willem and Lienor and help them for re. Figures out a way to stop it But that would entail outscheming cleverJouglet ablest of schemersGossip secrets and lies are the fuel of daily life in Konrad's court As Konrad edges closer to proclaiming Lienor his bride those around Willem play a perilous game of cat and mouse as they attempt to secure their own fortunes knowing that even the slightest move can shift the playing field entirely And through it all Jouglet remains Willem's most maddeninget staunchest ally But what really does Jouglet stand to gain or loseTransporting the reader to the brilliant conniving heart of the largest empire of medieval Europe Revenge of the Rose is a novel rich in irony and tongue in cheek wit and reveals all the grit and color politics and passion of court life in the Holy Roman Empire. Te sympathetic if not entirely believable at times I do wish for instance that all the good guys weren t so astonishingly gorgeous that their character flaws as seen by their contemporaries were not all calculated to make them even likeable to a modern audience or that the court outsiders were not always na ve to the to a modern audience or that the court outsiders were not always na ve to the of seeming rather stupid A fun diversion but nothing I m going to be thinking about "In The Days To Come The Ending Kind Of Bugged "the days to come The ending kind of bugged too I m incredibly susceptible to buying historical fiction without knowing anything about it In this case it didn t work out for me This novel is set in the 12th century Holy Roman Empire and focuses on Willem a DIRTY - 47 verruchte TABU Erotik Geschichten young knight Willem s beautiful sister and Willem s best friend Jouglet the emperor s personal musician The writing was bland the characters shallow and the plot was much closer to these are some dumb deus ex machina coincidences than wow how neatly it all ties together which presumably is what the author was going for But my biggest problem with the book involves a major spoiler so I m going to put it behind a cut view spoilerThe emperor s musician is eventually revealed to be a woman Now I am nor The publisher promotes this as one of their titles in the category of The lighter side of history which should have warned me To her credit the author explains this is not based on real people or events but is a novelization of a real poemballad of the time period She does try to get historic details right such as attitudes toward women clothing food etc So why did I find myself skipping to the end and then tossing it aside in the garbage It s a rather dull soap opera with exaggerated and unlikely situationscharacters the hero is the most skilled fighter in the land despite being wholly self taught His best friend is the most amusing and educated minstrel in the land just tenears after running away from home as a penniless wholly uneducated child The Rose of the title is the most beautiful girl in all the land It s just a fairy tale with a gloss of historical accuracy without real feeling people at its core And frankly the endless what. Whom chivalry is a mere game Yet under Jouglet's witty relentless tutelage the naive knight uickly rises in Emperor Konrad's esteem until suddenly his sister Lienor becomes a prospect for the role of Empress This unexpected elevation of the sibling nobodies delights Jouglet but threatens three powerful and dangerous men at the court the Emperor's brother Cardinal Paul who has in mind a different bride for Konrad; the Emperor's uncle Alphonse Count of Burgundy who would keep secret certain things that only Willem can reveal; and most especially the Emperor's own steward Marcus who is hopelessly in love with Konrad's cousin Imogen For if Willem's star keeps rising Imogen will be betrothed to the knight by royal decree and Willem's star will surely continue to rise unless Marcus. ,
This is a historical novel full of Interesting Characters Courtly Intrigue Plot Twists characters courtly intrigue and twists After a bit of a slow start while we are gradually introduced to the main players the action soon picks up and before Im Squirrely! (The Nut Family, you know it things are barrelling along at a cracking pace Highly recommended Revenge of the Rose is clever and fun with mistaken identity plot twists straight out of Shakespeare s comedies But it s not anywhere near as scrupulously authentic as The Fool s Tale so it suffers by comparison A solid 35 star read ifou like historical fiction laced with romance ou will like this book Set in the Holy Roman Empire of the 13th century it has a variety of colorful characters knights minstrels damsels in distress and a mid story plot twist that took me totally by surprise Combine all this with a satisfying ending in which true love triumphs and the evil doers get their just rewards and ou have all How McGruff and the Crying Indian Changed America you need for a really enjoyable story Glad I only paid 2 for it Pretty bad writing and also should not have been labeled historical fiction because the only thing really historical about it is that it was set 800ears ago Basically if Wicked City (Wicked City, you re looking for a smutty book with characters who are incredibly stupid and denseou ve found it The only reason I give it three stars is that Galland had some rather clever turns of phrase that actually made me laugh out loud I had every intention of giving this book 4 stars until I finished it Despite significant weaknesses in the narrative for some reason I just found the story very entertaining and it does have sufficient twists to hold an avid reader s interests The denouement and ending however just seemed far too pat and abrupt and I was unhappy with the simplistic finale It had promised to be much noteworthy and ended up just being okay I enjoyed this though not as much as I Iago the last book of Galland s that I read A tale of courtly love mistaken identity revenge class prejudice and sexual politics set in the 13th century court of Holy Roman Emperor there are lots of intriguing and mostly uite unexpected plot twists and characters who are ui. Welcome to a world of intrigue of the most intriguing kind where emperors and popes desperately vie for power even as their subjects and servants engage in behind the scenes machinations of their own The Holy Roman Empire circa 1200 ADImpoverished The Celestial Selenite Scry (The Moon God Trilogy, young knight Willem of Dole believed he would spend his life in rural Burgundy struggling to provide for his widowed mother andounger sister Lienor And so it's with surprise and apprehension that he obeys a summons to the magnificent court of Konrad Holy Roman Emperor whose realm spans half of Europe Willem's mischievous friend Jouglet Konrad's favorite minstrel is no doubt behind it somehow but what's in it for JougletCourt life is overwhelming to the idealistic oung Willem who is shocked by the behavior of his fellow knights for. Revenge of the Rose A Novel