by Anna Belfrage
Publication Date: November 1, 2015
eBook & Print; 398 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Adam de Guirande owes his lord, Sir Roger Mortimer, much more than loyalty. He owes Sir Roger for his life and all his worldly good, he owes him for his beautiful wife – even if Kit is not quite the woman Sir Roger thinks she is. So when Sir Roger rises in rebellion against the king, Adam has no choice but to ride with him – no matter what the ultimate cost may be.
England in 1321 is a confusing place. Edward II has been forced by his barons to exile his favourite, Hugh Despenser. The barons, led by the powerful Thomas of Lancaster, Roger Mortimer and Humphrey de Bohun, have reasons to believe they have finally tamed the king. But Edward is not about to take things lying down, and fate is a fickle mistress, favouring first one, then the other.
Adam fears his lord has over-reached, but at present Adam has other matters to concern him, first and foremost his new wife, Katherine de Monmouth. His bride comes surrounded by rumours concerning her and the baron, and he hates it when his brother snickers and whispers of used goods.
Kit de Courcy has the misfortune of being a perfect double of Katherine de Monmouth – which is why she finds herself coerced into wedding a man under a false name. What will Adam do when he finds out he has been duped?
Domestic matters become irrelevant when the king sets out to punish his rebellious barons. The Welsh Marches explode into war, and soon Sir Roger and his men are fighting for their very lives. When hope splutters and dies, when death seems inevitable, it falls to Kit to save her man – if she can.
In the Shadow of the Storm is the first in Anna Belfrage’s new series, The King’s Greatest Enemy, the story of a man torn apart by his loyalties to his baron, his king, and his wife.
Copy received from Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for an honest review
I loved Belfrage's Graham series so much even though I came upon it towards the last three books I was sad to see it come to an end. I was incredibly delighted when I learned that the very talented Belfrage would begin a new series. "In the Shadow of the Storm" was a fantastic start to this series. I enjoyed the characters, the pacing and the intrigue. Kit de Courcy was a great heroine! I loved the duplicitous nature of her and Adam's marriage. , Katherine de Monmouth was the intended bride for Adam but when she flees the country Kit is left to fill in her place. I'm a sucker for romance, so I could not help but become absorbed in the lies and the confusion that inevitably occurs. I really enjoyed the new relationship that blossoms between Kit and Adam, there were so many moments that made me sentimental and I couldn't help but cheer for this couple in the hopes that they would find their happily-ever-after.
Anyone that knows Belfrage's writing style and her storytelling can tell you that the road to love for Kit and Adam is far from easy. As loyalties are tested and deception and rebellions surround them. The king is not happy and consequences will be had. Needless to say I really enjoyed this story. The range of emotions in the story are unparalleled. There are scenes that are ruled by emotions and defined by their graphic nature. But there is never a dull moment! I'm looking forward to the next book in the series " Days of Sun & Glory.
When Anna fell in love with her future husband, she got Scotland as an extra, not because her husband is Scottish or has a predilection for kilts, but because his family fled Scotland due to religious persecution in the 17th century – and were related to the Stuarts. For a history buff like Anna, these little details made Future Husband all the more desirable, and sparked a permanent interest in the Scottish Covenanters, which is how Matthew Graham, protagonist of the acclaimed The Graham Saga, began to take shape.
Set in 17th century Scotland and Virginia/Maryland, the series tells the story of Matthew and Alex, two people who should never have met – not when she was born three hundred years after him. With this heady blend of romance, adventure, high drama and historical accuracy, Anna hopes to entertain and captivate, and is more than thrilled when readers tell her just how much they love her books and her characters.
Presently, Anna is hard at work with her next project, a series set in the 1320s featuring Adam de Guirande, his wife Kit, and their adventures and misfortunes in connection with Roger Mortimer’s rise to power. The King’s Greatest Enemy is a series where passion and drama play out against a complex political situation, where today’s traitor may be tomorrow’s hero, and the Wheel of Life never stops rolling.
The first installment in the Adam and Kit story, In the Shadow of the Storm, will be published in the autumn of 2015.
Other than on her website, www.annabelfrage.com, Anna can mostly be found on her blog, http://annabelfrage.wordpress.com – unless, of course, she is submerged in writing her next novel.
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