"Early Medeiros is great historical tale"
Teresa Medeiros has written books about every period in
historical romance from westerns to regency to faerytales,
but one of my favorites is SHADOWS AND LACE. A well-
written Medieval tale always captures my imagination. I
read this book when it first came out, and just re-read it
again, and found I was as thrilled the second time around.
Maybe more so since you see so few TRUE historical romance
currently being done. If you are hungry for a strong
Medieval tale don't hesitate to snatch this one up. It
will make a Medeiros fan out of you if you aren't already.
Nearly twenty years ago, a teenage Gareth of Caerleon held
his two-year-old stepsister and felt protective of the
child. But that same night, he learned his father had been
killed in Wales fighting for Longshanks, his stepmother
was murdered and that blue-eyed babe went missing. Since
then, Gareth has been tainted with tales of murdering his
step- mother in a jealous rage after catching her with her
lover and disposed of that child.
Rowanne has lived in poverty as her father wasted money
are little provided for her all her brothers. Baron
Lindsay Fordyce returns home and explains he had lost one
of his children to Gareth for the term of one year. The
whole family, including Rowanne, are shocked with Gareth
chooses her. Gareth takes her home to Caerleon, and it's
soon evident the dark knight is using Rowanne to provoke
her father into action, but little does Rowanne understand
the full extent of Gareth's designs upon her.
Revealing any more of the plot would spoil the wonderful
tale. Medeiros has a good sense of historical detail, the
dynamics of characters tortured by their past, and blends
all her magical touches to give you a novel that will
linger long after that last page it turned. One of the
best medieval historicals written.
Reviewed by DeborahAnne MacGillivray
Posted September 19, 2004
Reviewed by Deborah Macgillivray
Posted January 14, 2007