"Exciting Conqueror romance"
In 1070 England, the King's Sword Radulf seeks the traitor
Saxon Lady Wifreda whose Norman husband Vorgen turned
against William and is already dead. Zigzagging across the
countryside in an exhausting effort to stay free, Lily
arrives at Grinswade Church seeking sanctuary, but no one
remains at the House of God. Radulf arrives at the church
finding Lily there. She insists she is the daughter of a
vassal of the Earl of Morcar, who remained loyal to the
Conqueror, using the name Lily as only her father called
Radulf accepts what Lily says, but remains wary as not only
does he trust no one, but also disbelieves women after once
being badly betrayed by one. As he uncovers Lily's
identity, Radulf and his "guest" fall in love. However,
once he knows who she is he feels like the fool, duped
again by a female, but unable to idly allow William to
destroy his Lily.
THE LILY AND THE SWORD is an exciting Conqueror romance.
Though the plot strictly adheres to the era's star-crossed
lovers theme, nonetheless the story provides an
exhilarating spin on the era. Radulf may be a giant of a
warrior, but runs the human gamut of emotions such as love,
hurt, anger, possessiveness, and protectiveness towards his
beloved. Lily is an intrepid heroine trying to first stay
alive though she loves Radulf (Maslow's hierarchy). This
duo turns Sara Bennett's debut book into a worth reading
medieval romance for sub-genre fans.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted February 24, 2002