Title: Rogue Knight Medieval Warriors, book 2
Author: Regan Walker
Genre: Historical Romance, Medieval
Story Setting: York, England 1068
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Published Date: October 7, 2015
About the Story: York, England 1069… three years after the Norman Conquest
The North of England seethes with discontent under the heavy hand of William the Conqueror, who unleashes his fury on the rebels who dare to defy him. Amid the ensuing devastation, love blooms in the heart of a gallant Norman knight for a Yorkshire widow.
A LOVE NEITHER CAN DENY, A PASSION NEITHER CAN RESIST
Angry at the cruelty she has witnessed at the Normans’ hands, Emma of York is torn between her loyalty to her noble Danish father, a leader of the rebels, and her growing passion for an honorable French knight.
Loyal to King William, Sir Geoffroi de Tournai has no idea Emma hides a secret that could mean death for him and his fellow knights.
WAR DREW THEM TOGETHER, WAR WOULD TEAR THEM APART
War erupts, tearing asunder the tentative love growing between them, leaving each the enemy of the other. Will Sir Geoffroi, convinced Emma has betrayed him, defy his king to save her?
My Thoughts: Whether author Regan Walker sets her story on sea or land, she writes a fascinating and transfixing story. Her choice of descriptive words paints a picture so real, so touchable, I stand within a scene, smelling and reacting to what is described. – quite the mesmerizing read. I was no less delighted with this medieval historical romance than I was when reading her regency romances. Her desire to write her story within accurate historical events staying close to reality brings history to life for me.
I felt the despair of the people of York, their hatred of the Normans and their readiness to take back what was theirs. The Norman knights, although only pawns in the bigger picture, had to follow the edits of their king, William the Conqueror. This king was not a gentle king, nor one to use firm persuasion to rule his subjects. He was brutal with his dealings and the people of York felt his hand of death. There were times knights did things they had trouble justifying.
Under such a situation, it was difficult for love to seek its mate. Emma of York knew she shouldn’t be drawn to Sir Geoffroi, a knight who very well may have killed some of her own people. Sir Georffroi felt a protectiveness for Emma which he couldn’t explain and sought out her company whenever he could. He also helped to protect her family. Neither of the two could expect to see this burgeoning emotion have a future. Yet, might it?
It was delightful to see how the two were drawn to each other even when times became more desperate. This claiming of your soul, is one we still experience today – we can not guarantee who we are attracted to. When it is mutual, it is very difficult to avoid. Both Emma and Sir Geoffroi had powerful wills and were independent spirits. Could they override what was expected of them and complete their hearts?
I like the way Ms. Walker has organized the book. She placed the author’s note, along with a list of characters which were many, before the story. This helped me understand the various sides of the conflict and who were its players. I also thought it quite appropriate to put a map of English, Scotland and Wales as it was in 1069 with important points where the story took place.
Bottom line: Regan Walker is a gifted writer who leads you through a time portal to experience the wonders and emotion of the world she so eloquently describes.