Kathleen C. Perrin
The Sword of the Maiden
Release date: December 3, 2015
Self published at Langon House
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SYNOPSISAfter being abruptly separated from Nicolas le Breton during the battle to save Mont Saint Michel in 1424, Katelyn Michaels finds herself back in her normal twenty-first century life as an American teenager. Depressed and anxious to be reunited with Nicolas, she is comforted when a series of events and impressions lead her to believe she is being prepared for another mission as a Watchman. When her beloved mentor, Jean le Vieux, comes to her in a dream and gives her the injunction to “Learn of the Maiden and take her the sword,” Katelyn understands that her mission involves assisting one of the most iconic figures in all of French History. Katelyn is once again whisked back to the turmoil of medieval France during the Hundred Years’ War and to Nicolas. However, before the two can consider the future of their relationship, they must first complete their mission to take the sword to the Maiden. Little do they know that their old nemesis, Abdon, is already on their trail and will do everything in his unhallowed power to stop them.
Copy received from France Book Tours for an honest review
When I read "The Keys of the Watchmen" I was anticipating the sequel to the story. The previous book ended on a bit of a cliff hanger and many questions still remained to be answered. Katelyn is now back home but she is restless to be back in fifteen century France with Nicholas. Katelyn is only happy when she is called back to France to continue her work as a Watchman. As can be expected, Katelyn deals with a plethora of emotions as her current situation and the circumstances of her responsibility weigh heavily on her shoulders. Even though Katelyn is relatively still young, there is a huge growth from the previous book. Although there is a lot of adventure ultimately this is a story with a message. I also enjoyed that we got to hear Katelyn's voice personally, it added to the connection with her as a protagonist. I also found it fitting that Katelyn's story was tied to Joan of Arcs since there are so many similarities between the stories. The setting of Mont Mont St Michel is such a great idea. When I learned about it in the last book I instantly googled it and find it to be a perfect for the setting. As Katelyn and Michael need to get the sword into the right persons hands, their plans are often derailed by the antagonist - Abdon. Overall, great story full of adventure and tensions, since the author never lets us know where the story will lead to next. This was a great sequel and I really enjoyed it.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kathleen C. Perrin
holds bachelor’s degrees in French and Humanities
from Brigham Young University
and is a certified French translator.
Besides being the author of The Watchmen Saga,
she has published several non-fiction articles, academic papers,
and a religious history about Tahiti.
Kathleen has lived in Utah, New York City, France, and French Polynesia.
She and her French husband have spent years
investigating the mysteries and beauties of his native country
—where they have a cottage—and have taken tourist groups to France.
The Perrins have three children and currently reside in Utah.
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