There is something about the Middle Ages that is perfect for romance. Castles, pageants, tournaments, bard’s tales and colorful pennants everywhere... Bold knights on their stomping steeds, beautiful damsels/ladies with embroidered gowns and long braided hair, wizards and witches brew ale, dragons are real and a frog could really be a charming prince... Well, you can’t say it couldn’t be! *hmph*
I just started Madeline Hunter’s By Possession; liking it so far. Last week I reread Jill Barnett’s medieval trilogy: Wonderful, Wild and Wicked. (Read them only once years ago and for shame that I’d forgotten how funny these books were.) Then, I read Elizabeth Lowell’s Untamed and yesterday finished Penelope Williamson’s Keeper of the Dream.
Oh, my good Xenu, how do I love KOTD? Let me count the ways... I love it to the depth and breath and... oh, fuck it. Just put it this way: I ABSOLUTELY agree with Julie Garwood when she said that it’s “one of the most beautiful love stories I’ve ever read.” If you won’t listen to me, listen to her. ;)
But truly, what a beautiful, BEE-YOO-TIFUL story. *sigh* It made me laugh (out loud, aye) and cry (like a crazy girl, aye—well, I am that but—ah get with it!) and, ohhh man, I swear I loooooved every fucking minute of it.** It has EVERYTHING I’ve ever wanted in a medieval love story and more. Er, heh, that sounds like a song but true nonetheless. It’s exceptional and exciting, delightful and different, very entertaining, GLORIOUS in every way... It’s one of the best damn books I’ve read in a long time. KOTD is definitely a MUST read.
Now, speaking of Garwood, did you know that her new book, Shadow Music, is a medieval? I haven’t been a good Harlot lately so I don’t know what I did to deserve this but OH MY OH MY OH MY SQUEEEE! :D (Never did like her contemporaries. :/) According to her website (for crying out loud, it’s in flash and fucking hard to navigate!):
Brodick Buchanan, the hero of Ransom will play a key role in the story. Our new hero, Colm MacHugh, is a close ally to the Buchanans, and both Brodick and Colm share a common dislike for the MacKenna clan, especially when it comes to the future of a beautiful woman named Gabrielle.
**I loved Keeper of the Dream so much that it now rivals JM’s A Kingdom of Dreams as the best medieval romance in my harloty heart. Aye. Never thought that could happen.