1332 A.D. - As the premier commander for Roger Mortimer, Earl of March, when he commandeered the throne from a young Edward III, Sir Mathias de Reyne is the type of knight that all men aspire to be: fair, powerful, intelligent, and bold. Men on both sides of the Mortimer/Edward lines respect and admire de Reyne for his outstanding character, including Dragonblade himself, Tate de Lara. Before the war separated men into two groups - those that supported Mortimer and those that supported the rightful king - Mathias, Tate, Kenneth St. Hever, and Stephen of Pembury were inseparable friends. But then, sides were chosen and lines were drawn.
When Roger Mortimer lost his head, Mathias de Reyne was spared because of his great and fair reputation. Stripped of his lands and titles, however, he was forced into obscurity. He became known in legend as The Fallen One. More than a year after being stripped of his knighthood, Mathias now makes his living as a blacksmith in the north Cumbrian town of Brampton. One morning, he hears cries for help and, being an innately brave and helpful man, follows the cries and comes upon a terrible scene. Rescuing a young woman from a fiend, he very quickly realizes that the young woman is the most beautiful he has ever lain eyes upon.
The Lady Cathlina de Lara is a lush beauty with dark hair and flashing dark eyes, and the attraction between the pair is immediate. But she is also a de Lara, related to the man who took Mathias' titles from him - his former best friend. Still, he cannot forget the dark-eyed beauty and soon finds himself swept up in a wildly passionate love affair, breaking his promise to never bear arms again by resuming his knighthood without the permission of the king and fleeing to Scotland. From the brutal Scots borderlands to the fields of Dupplin Moor and a historic battle, join Mathias and Cathlina as their journey in life takes them on a passionate adventure of love, life, learning, and the redemption of the man once known as The Fallen One.
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Excellent Medieval Romance! 6 stars
I love listening to audio, they are perfect for me when I create my jewelry or in the car while traveling!
All of Kathryn Le Veque are marvelous to read, it would be hard for me to choose!
Tim Campbell has a beautiful voice that makes enjoyable to listen to The Fallen One!
No, I rather prefer to listen to a couple of chapters at once.
I am a huge fan of Kathryn Le Veque's Medieval romance! So when I started to read her book THE FALLEN ONE, I got trapped the moment I started to read it. She has done it again, I got captivated by Sir Mathias de Reye and the Lady Cathlina de Lara's love story. It had everything a fan of Medieval needs love, passion and adventure. Ms. Le Veque is an excellent writer and I love her style of writing, her words flow, so it is easy to become addicted to her books. I love all her medieval romances and I highly recommend them. Who doesn't love the chivalry of a Knight when he is loyal, protective, gentle and passionate!
- Nicole Laverdure
I loved the story of redemption, love, loyalty, and bravery in a time of chivalry and honor. Mathias and Cathlina, their families and the knights of the Dragonblade trilogy reunited made for an adventure to savor. Tim Campbell's performance as narrator was perfect! He brought to life each character in such a wonderful way, I felt as if I were sitting in a theater as an audience member of a terrific production.
Midgie made me laugh. as did the reactions to those around her. Her character was a wonderful addition to the story. I also loved the knights of Dragonblade, as they faced the enemy again.
His voice was perfect. He not only enunciates well, his slight accent brings to mind the era of which he speaks. He treats each character with a different voice, in a way that is not exaggerated, but subtle enough that you immediately know which character is speaking at each moment. He literally acted the entire novel out himself! It was terrific.
I believe it would be a toss up between Tate de Lara's wife "Toby" because of the way her character has been written as a well educated, strong willed woman and Keir St. Hever because of his sense of humor. Either would make for interesting dinner conversation.
I loved the story when I read it as a book, and as an audiobook it was even better. Tim Campbell did a terrific job with the story, he was AMAZING, and I highly recommend this to anyone who loves the historical romance.