Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Fires of Winter-Roberta Gellis

Fires of Winter

Roberta Gellis

Sourcebook, Nov 1 2011, $9.99

ISBN: 9781402255014

Bruno is the offspring of the holder of Jernaeve Keep Sir William Fermain and Berta the whore. His father refuses to recognize Bruno even as a bastard of his.

Lady Melusine of Ulle has been raised in luxury as the cherished daughter of Sir Malcolm and his wife. Though her dad has lineage to the Scottish throne, but not to Ulle, Malcolm owes his control of the keep partially because he is a fair honest leader and partially because he has the King's support.

Years later, civil war divides the country. Melusine’s father and brother support King David against King Stephen. Declared traitors, Bruno leads a unit of King Stephen’s army that takes Ulle. To anchor his stronghold, King Stephen orders his loyal soldier Bruno to marry the traitor’s daughter. On their wedding night, Melusine sets the tone of their marriage when she tries to kill her new spouse. As they begin to find common ground besides an unwanted attraction, Bruno remains loyal to his liege even becoming incarcerated with him, but he is looking forward to return to the wife he now cherishes.

This reprint of a classic twelfth century romance showcases the talent of the great Roberta Gellis. The terrific story line rotates perspective between the lead couple in an epic sweep of the years, but also maintains a strong medieval base as the protagonists are a sign of their times in a great historical

Harriet Klausner

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