Audiobook Review: GUARDIAN OF DARKNESS by Kathryn Le Veque ~ medieval historical romance taking you there


The Guardian of DarknessTitle: Guardian of Darkness De Reyne Domination
Author: Kathryn Le Veque
Genre: Historical Romance, Medieval
Story Setting: Scotland, 1200 A.D.
Pages: 374
Publisher: Dragonblade Publishing
Publication Date: January 4, 2014
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 Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
ASIN: B008A0OQ84

 

 

Narrated by: Brad Wills
Length: 11 hours, 41 minutes
Released Date: April 22, 2014
Published by: Kathryn Le Veque Novels
Publisher’s Summary

1200 A.D. – After decades of warring between the Lairds of Kerr and Prudhoe Castle in Northumbria, a tentative peace is reached. The Lady Carington Kerr is sent to Prudhoe as a hostage to ensure her father’s good behavior, and a more reluctant hostage there never was.

Small and dark, with emerald eyes and a luscious figure, she is as gorgeous as she is fiery. Enter Sir Creed de Reyne; a gentle giant of a man, he is, by nature, calm and wise. He is the ice to Carington’s fire. As Carington resists the attempts to keep her in her English prison, Creed is placed in charge of the captive as both jailer and protector.

But Creed is also as reluctant a protector as she is a hostage; six months prior, he had been given the important assignment of escorting Isabella of Angouleme from France to England as the bride of King John. Isabella, a woman-child of twelve years, was smitten with Creed from the start. When he spurned her advances, she fabricated a story of Creed’s indiscretions against her and brought the king’s wrath upon him. Creed fled to Prudhoe and straight into another assignment guarding a firebrand of a young woman.

Creed soon discovers that Carington is far different from the petty child who would become queen and against both his judgment and his wishes, he falls for the Scots lass. Suffering through tragedy and triumph, Creed and Carington have a love that only strengthens with each passing moment. Even when Creed is forced to flee for his life and leave Carington behind, their only thoughts are of being together again.

With Isabella and King John closing in, Creed and Carington must fight for their very survival as two countries and a kingdom seek to separate them.

©2012 Kathryn Le Veque (P)2014 Kathryn Le Veque

My Thoughts: Lady Carington of Clan Kerr was a young, green-eyes girl who wouldn’t abide being a hostage for the sake of a truce between clans, and with little else of material wealth in her life, she was only able to fight with her obstinate demeanor and fiery temper. On her way to Castle Prudhoe, Scottish in the midst of Sassenach, a woman whose heart was caught by one huge Sassenach (her guardian) with a heart as large, changed what was wrong to what became right.

I loved the way the relationship between the Scottish woman and captor grew.  Even though she didn’t want to be where she was, her will did not matter.  She found herself in  an enemy’s castle, and surprisingly enough she found friendship and harmony.  This story exemplifies how much we are the same.

Whether English or Scottish in 1200 A. D. or I could pull us into the 21st century, how much the people of our worst enemy and ourselves have much the same yearnings of the heart, humanity is much the same.  Isn’t the bottom line of our lives, love of family and peace in our daily lives?

Sir Creed De Reyne is a wonderful character of patience and truly the heart that matches that of Lady Carington. I adored how the passion grew between Sir Creed De Reyne and Lady Carington.  In this instance, neither nation nor what Sir Creed believed what he should do, came between this burgeoning romance when finally Sir Creed De Reyne took what was his.  Sigh!  A beautiful ending, indeed.

Sir Creed De Reyne and his brother, Sir Ryton, were wonderful men and brothers, full of honor and knightly skills, but, unfortunately, evil lurked and good did not follow a simple path.

Lady Christina and Lady Julia were Lady Carington’s peers within the castle.  Christina became her friend, but Julia, coerced by evil full of hostility and revenge (not worth mentioning his name!), loved Sir Creed in silence, and eventually played a pivotal role in Sir Creed’s discovery of his brother’s death.

Sir Creed could not believe his good fortune in the relationship that ensued between Lady Carington and himself. He had never been drawn to a woman such as this before.  Could anything come of his feelings? He was also dealing with accusations from the king which complicated his life and further dealings with the Pope. Why couldn’t he just fall in love with a woman and live happily ever after?

I loved the voice narrator Brad Wills used for Sir Richard, lisp and all.  Also his voice for Julia and her emotional state and near-edge insanity, made me a believer and was just phenomenal.  I never think of Mr. Wills as a male when he depicts female voices and his voice is well, dare I say sexy, when he portrays the hero?  His eye to detail in the reading and portrayal of the characters, pulls you within the scene, experiencing the turmoil, emotion and pain.  I know of no other narrator in the medieval romance genre who carries me into that period of time as succinctly as this narrator. Reader, he will mesmerize you with his reading.  I’m so happy that author Kathryn Le Veque has him narrating for her.  The combination will entice you to listen to the read more than once.

Never dissatisfied with a book from Kathryn Le Veque, and when paired with narrator Brad Wills, I have no doubt – YOU. WILL. ENJOY!

best Kathryn Le VequeAbout the Author: KATHRYN LE VEQUE is an Amazon All-Star author, and a #1 bestselling, award-winning, multi-published author in Medieval Historical Romance and Historical Fiction.

She has been featured in the NEW YORK TIMES and on USA TODAY’s HEA blog. “This author… genius…!” ~ Ind’Tale Magazine In October 2014, Kathryn was the 31st MOST READ author on Amazon.

She is extremely prolific with over 50 published novels and 37 #1 Hot New Releases in Medieval Historical Romance since May 2012. When new readers see how many novels she has published, the inevitable question is… “She writes so many novels! Are they any good?” The answer is… YES!!

Welcome to Medieval England – hard-core, battle-scarred, power-driven alpha knights of the highest Norman order and the women who love them. Like High Middle Ages action and romance? Welcome to the Le Veque Medieval Machine. Kathryn’s Medieval Historicals have been called ‘detailed’, ‘highly romantic’, and ‘character-rich’. She crafts great adventures of love, battles, passion, and romance in the High Middle Ages. More than that, she writes for both women AND men – an unusual crossover for a romance author – and Kathryn has many male readers who enjoy her stories because of the male perspective, the action, and the adventure.

See Kathryn’s fanpage on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/kathrynlevequenovels?ref=hl Join her on Twitter @kathrynleveque Visit her website at www.kathrynleveque.com

Brad Wills - headshot 1About the Narrator: Brad Wills has been narrating audio books for a little over two years, specializing in the Historical Romance genre.  His most frequent collaborators are Kathryn Le Veque, Suzan Tisdale, and Amy Jarecki.

Other titles he has narrated for Ms. Le Veque include THE WHITE LORD OF WELLENSBOURNE, LORD OF THE SHADOWSNETHERWORLD, BEAST, SCORPION, DEVIL’S DOMINION and SERPENT.

In addition, upcoming projects include numerous titles from Ms. Le Veque’s 2015 lineup, a four-novel series for Ms. Jarecki, and FREDERICK’S QUEEN from Ms. Tisdale’s Clan Graham Series.

Before diving into the realm of audio book narration, Brad spent 20 years in New York as an actor/singer.  His credits include the 20th Anniversary Broadway revival of ANNIE, touring with MAMMA MIA! and THE WIZARD OF OZ, and numerous regional productions.  As a singer, Brad made appearances in several cabaret shows, and sang with the á Capella jazz octet Pieces of 8, with whom he recorded the album FALLING TOGETHER.  He was also featured on the Grammy-nominated (Best Opera Recording, 2004) studio recording of composer Edward Thomas’ operatic adaptation of DESIRE UNDER THE ELMS

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