Title: Queen of Lost Stars, Dragonblade Series/House of St. Hever, book 3
Author: Kathryn Le Veque
Genre: Historical Romance, Medieval
Story Setting: 1320 A.D.
Published by: Independently Published
Published Date: March 2, 2016
Narrated by: Brad Wills
Length: 8 hours, 16 minutes
Release Date: March 17, 2016
Published by: Kathryn Le Veque
AD 1320 – Madelayne Gray d’Ebreux is the queen of all that is lost. Her child, her husband…everything. Or, so she thinks. The same battle that killed her husband resulted in the serious injury of her husband’s commander, Sir Kaspian St. Hever. As Kaspian lays badly wounded, Madelayne is asked to tend to the man in a most unconventional and intimate way. Instead of using her milk to nurse her child, who was born dead, she nurses a man who is forbidden solid foods because of a belly wound. And so, an unusual and sometimes erotic relationship develops between Madelayne and her patient.
Kaspian is tended by a woman who offers him her breasts as way of sustaining his life. At first, he looks at the situation as a necessity, but he soon comes to crave it. He struggles to keep his feelings from the widowed woman, but it becomes increasingly difficult. For a man who has known little compassion or kindness in his life, Madelayne comes to represent everything he has been missing. She soon becomes to represent everything he wants, and he wants her.
Join Madelayne and Kaspian on their journey through life, loss, lust, and passion in this adventure-packed and unconventional medieval romance. Can Madelayne finally change her stars with Kaspian’s help?
©2016 Kathryn Le Veque (P)2016 Kathryn Le Veque
My Thoughts: This story, very unusual, struck such a resonance with me. The storyline of the friend of a knight who dies in battle, marries his mourning wife wasn’t unusual. What was unusual was the way Madelayne shared her body with Sir Kaspian, the commander stationed at Castle Lavister.
Madelayne is a women of strength, beauty (inside and out) and intelligence. She is also one who has lost many loved ones—ones her mother called lost stars. After losing two children in childbirth, she felt she was useless. What good is a woman if she can’t birth heirs for her husband?
Kaspian is a knight who was a warrior first and foremost. When wounded he learns to rely on the selfless giving of a women. He changes a lot throughout the book. He had always been honorable. Love changes both men and women.
The physic is an interesting character. We meet him when Sir Kaspian is severely wounded. His speech is blunt, and sometimes, rudely, to the point. You learn to love this little man with a big heart under all his churlishness.
Sir Nicholas, the viper of this story, shows his colors early. We, the reader, are privy to his sly pursuits, the characters are not. He’s one of those people who easily lies and manipulates people for his own purposes. Oh yes, this man wants something. He covets what others have. He was one I love to hate. It appears others in the story felt the same way!
Narrator Brad Wills portrays the physic with a cackling, aged voice. I can’t say enough about Mr. Wills’ narrative talent. His superb interpretation of the characters’ internal dialogue helps give the reader incite into the character of protagonists and antagonists. His ability to know what Ms. Le Veque wants us to feel is phenomenol. His voice is versatile, pacing is sometimes quite dramatic. You, the reader, are no longer a bystander. You are physically amid each scene. His voices for women are extremely feminine. Emotion fills his words when appropriate. His voices for the inebriated make it all so real. I know Ms. Le Veque’s books are rich, historically and emotionally, and writes a damn good story. When she partners with narrator Brad Wills, her stories are no longer read, they are real.
Kathryn Le Veque writes rich medieval historical romances that absolutely keep you riveted to the page or the earphones. I love dipping into her worlds. This particular one has many sweet moments, passion, honor, greed, deceit, unhappiness and emotional scenes, which, when paired with narrator Brad Wills, it produces some awesome entertainment! If you haven’t read any of Ms. Le Veque’s work, you MUST try one of them. I recommend them very highly.
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
About the Narrator: Brad Wills has been narrating audio books for a little over four 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 SHADOWS, NETHERWORLD, BEAST, SCORPION, DEVIL’S DOMINION and SERPENT.
In addition, projects include numerous titles from Ms. Le Veque’s 2016 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