Title: The Iron Knight The De Russe Legacy, book 3
Author: Kathryn Le Veque
Genre: Historical Medieval Romance
Story Setting: Prologue: 1408, Yorkshire; Story in 1410, England
Published by: Dragonblade Publishing, 1 edition
Published Date: August 15, 2016
1410 A.D. – Battle-hardened warrior and favored of the king, Sir Lucien de Russe is called the Iron Knight because of his indestructibility in battle. An older knight, Lucien is entering his fortieth year and has seen a good deal in his lifetime. But having sustained fairly serious wounds in the most recent rebellions against Henry IV, Lucien retires his sword and spurs, choosing to live out the rest of his life in peace. Physically, he is damaged goods and must heal. Mentally, however, he is already dead.
Having lost his wife many years ago, Lucien has two children – a son who barely acknowledges him and a daughter who refuses to leave him. Lucien finds no joy in life any longer, looking back upon an illustrious career, admired and loved by the fighting men of England, yet inside, he is hollow. It is this existence he has resigned himself to when the king, believing he is doing Lucien a great favor, pledges him to a very young heiress. When the petty, spoiled girl and her pompous father show up at Lucien’s home, he makes an escape.
Riding south to clear his head, Lucien runs right into a robbery in progress. A fine carriage has been set upon by bandits and Lucien knows he cannot turn away. Begrudgingly, the Iron Knight goes into action once more and saves the occupants of the carriage, a mother and her young daughter.
Lady Sophina de Gournay is a widow, returning home after a visit with her father. When the big, handsome knight with the long, dark hair saves her from the outlaws, a simple moment of gratitude turns into something that binds her to Lucien far more than either of them realize. It’s that brief and beautiful moment in time, that wonderful chance meeting, that sets off a chain of events that could destroy them both.
Join Lucien and Sophina in a romance of a lifetime, where second chances at love are something worth fighting for.
My Thoughts: Whenever I start a book penned by Kathryn Le Veque, whether as an audiobook or reading, I know I’m in for a good time. Her world of knights brings with it a wealth of events and figures of historical significance. As I finish the final paragraph of one of her books, whether in paper or audio, I feel enriched, sated, replete and awed. How can she make these characters and events so real, so touchable and potent? Her characters are always in dramatic living color; much like the woman herself. Kathryn Le Veque is one kick-ass writer!
This read is about second chances. She has made it personal by these very words in her dedication:
Dedicated to all of you who have had, or needed, a second chance in life. Even in the darkest hour, there is always hope. Take it from me.
Our hero and heroine are both old. He’s 40 while she’s 37. In medieval times that was old, but nowadays we consider this prime, even on the young side. Our chances of a second chance and even a third are very good these days!
Sophina, intelligent and beautiful, is caught between a rock and hard place. A place many women during this period in history find themselves. Her father, Lord Andover, a widow and remarried, does not want to continue taking care of his adult daughter and grand-daughter. He wants free reign with a new wife, hence his great need to unburden himself. St. Michael du Ponte was his choice, however, du Ponte was a man with his own agenda composed of greed.
Du Pointe has an unsavory reputation, unbeknownst to Sophina. She knew she wasn’t wanted at her father’s home. She prayed she wouldn’t be jumping from the frying pan into the fire with her betrothed. She also had her daughter Emmaline, sixteen years old, to consider.
Lucien had his own problems. He had been gifted with a marriage proposal he didn’t want from a woman who could have been his child, she was so young. He didn’t want to deal with it. He also had depression because a warrior who doesn’t fight battles is no longer a warrior and he, Lucien, The Iron Knight, had lost his identity. His oldest son won’t see or talk with him. His young 10-year-old daughter, crippled from birth, is a monster, manipulating the situation by screaming and demanding attention. As a father he failed, as a husband, he failed by not protecting his wife from death, and failed as a warrior since his skills were no longer needed.
But life can change and did, quite suddenly for Lucien. All it took was to feel needed again by saving two women from a watery death. To be seen as the hero he was, by a beautiful, highly desirable woman.
Lady Juno de Saix, the young heiress, chosen to marry Lucien, along with her cousin, Aricia, and Lady Juno’s father Earl of Holderness, all enrich the story, layering stories within the story. Each character carries their own secrets of shame.
Some scenes have slightly humorous events or situations which lighten the tone of the whole story. For example, Lady Sophina is betrothed to someone she doesn’t know. Lucien is obliged to betroth a young woman because the king has requested it, but is interested in another. The young woman is in love with someone else. This spaghetti tangle of who wants whom is very comical and highly entertaining.
Secondary characters include Oswald, a ferret who stole the show!
KATHRYN LE VEQUE is a USA TODAY Bestselling author, 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. In March 2015, Kathryn was the featured cover story for the March issue of InD’Tale Magazine, the premier Indie author magazine. She is also quintuple nominee (a record!) for the prestigious RONE awards for 2016.
Kathryn’s Medieval Romance novels 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.
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