Title: The Ballad of Rosamunde The Jewels of Kinfairlie, novella book 3.5
Author: Claire DelaCroix
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Story Setting: Galway Ireland, The Realm of the Fae, 1422
Published by: Deborah A. Cooke
Published Date: November 8, 2014
Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
Length: 1 hour, 35 minutes
Release Date: June 8, 2015
Published by: Deborah A. Cooke
The complete series in: The Jewels of Kinfairlie Digital Boxed Set
A pirate queen trapped in the realm of Faerie, Rosamunde can be freed only by true love. The man she loved is lost to her forever, so she believes herself doomed. Padraig, long in love with Rosamunde, believes his life worthless since she disappeared. When he hears of her capture by the fey, he is determined to set her free, but can Rosamunde put the past behind her and learn to love anew?
This short story was previously published in the anthology The Mammoth Book of Irish Romance but appeared edited due to space constraints. This version contains the whole story. Rosamunde is a secondary character who appeared in The Jewels of Kinfairlie trilogy.
This edition includes an excerpt from The Renegade’s Heart.
©2011 Claire Delacroix, Inc. (P)2015 Deborah A. Cooke
My Thoughts: I’m so happy to see author Claire DelaCroix give us Rosamunde’s story. After all she played a large part in the shaping of her nieces whom we met in the series. I wished she had a full-fledged story of her own because she was a very interesting character. I’m hoping she pops up in another one of the author’s stories.
It was hard to accept she was dead, but for spite, the little spriggan, Darg had saved her just to make her suffer. And to give this reader hope! But Darg was not a free spirit, he was a fey after all and answered to the King of Daoine Sidhe. With rather a loose tongue while playing chess with the King, he spoke in extremely delightful verse (so the author is a poet, too?) telling the King what a terrible person Rosamunde was and how he had imprisoned her. The narrator, Saskia Maarleveld, works her magic with these words enchanting me getting quite a few chuckles by her efforts.
The King has a propensity for beautiful human women and Rosamunde was indeed beautiful. The short of it: Darg had a choice–either to retrieve her for the High King or forfeit his own life.
Darg has been much an imp throughout the series, creating havoc where none should be. I didn’t really feel sorry for him. He had it coming.
Rosamunde had thought to give her heart to only one man, but he had spurned her more than once and had perished in the caves under Ravensmuir along with her. She didn’t regret his passing only the years wasted running after a man who was not worth her love. And while she yearned after him, another, Padraig, loved her since he had met her; she had known it not until it was too late. Never feeling he was good enough for her, he protected her back through the many adventures they had at sea. Had Rosamunde’s life held just unrequited love, never to experience the love a man who would love her unconditionally?
Rather short, this novella, but then, they are short. I was wonderfully entertained with the whole series.
About the Author: NYT bestselling author Claire Delacroix always loved stories, both telling them and hearing them. She sold her first romance novel – THE ROMANCE OF THE ROSE – in 1992 and has published over fifty romance novels since. She writes in a variety of subgenres, including time travel romance, historical romance, medieval romance, fantasy romance and fantasy with romantic elements. She has also written under the names Claire Cross and Deborah Cooke. She makes her home with her family, a number of incomplete knitting projects and a lot of overgrown houseplants. Claire loves to travel, to cook, to ride her bike and to read.
Claire is currently writing the True Love Brides Series, which began with THE RENEGADE’S HEART. These are paranormal medieval romances set in Scotland and continue the story of the eight siblings at Kinfairlie. THE BEAUTY BRIDE, book #1 of the Jewels of Kinfairlie trilogy of medieval romances, introduces the family. THE RENEGADE’S HEART is Isabella’s story and THE HIGHLANDER’S CURSE is Annelise’s story. THE FROST MAIDEN’S KISS will be next in the series and will be Malcolm’s story.
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About the Narrator: Saskia Maarleveld lives in New York City, working full time in the voice over world. Hailing from New Zealand and having lived in Europe for many years, Saskia’s voice can deliver an incredible variety of accents and characters. Able to switch seamlessly from general American to countless accents and dialects, Saskia brings any story and its characters to life.
She has recorded over 80 audiobooks using these skills, working with Recorded Books, Audible, Tantor, DuArt and Brickshop Audio. Familiar with various genres, from romance to mystery, fantasy/sci-fi to historical fiction, she can often be heard speaking in British, Australian, New Zealand, Scottish, Irish and French accents…among many others.