A.D. 1203: The Lady Elizabeau Treveighan is the illegitimate daughter of Geoffrey, Duke of Brittany. Elizabeau was sent to foster at a very young age, her identity known only to herself and the earl who fostered her. When her half-brother Prince Arthur is murdered and rumors begin to fly that the opposition to King John intends to marry her to a Teutonic prince and supplant her and her new husband as the rulers of England, she suddenly becomes a very hot, and very dangerous, commodity.
Sir Rhys du Bois is charged with keeping Elizabeau safe until her arranged marriage can occur, but the task turns into one of monumental proportions. It's one harrowing flight after another as Rhys tries to keep Elizabeau from harm's way. Somewhere in the process, they fall madly in love with each other and the knight finds himself battling duty and love in order to stay on task. Torn, but with a tremendous sense of duty, he cannot escape the feelings that are swamping him, and Elizabeau does not make it easy for him. Her love for him supersedes her loyalty to her country, and to a family name that has only meant heartache for her.
When Elizabeau is finally captured by the king's men and slated for execution under the charge of treason, Rhys will risk everything to save her from the executioner's sword. However, Rhys is betrayed by another knight and soon, he too is slated for the executioner's axe. As Rhys and Elizabeau face death together, allies come together for a covert operation that will save their lives. It's a race against time before King John's men can execute the last legitimate heiress to the throne and her protector turned lover.
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Absolutely. I love the story of Rhys du Bois and Elizabeau Treveighan. The conflict of choosing between the love of one's life and duty to one's country, the intrigue, mystery and action throughout the story itself is fantastic. The narrator, Daniel Dorse, was new to me, and he has a low, whispery voice that lends itself well to the darkness of parts of this story.
I enjoyed many of the other characters, but especially Rhys' siblings. His younger sister and his brother made me laugh. I also enjoy the other knights from the Dragonblade series that assist Rhys in his protection of Elizabeau.
There were so many memorable scenes, but the final scene, during the epilogue, truly stuck with me, so no spoilers!;) It is sooo worth waiting for the final ending.
I also enjoyed a scene in which Rhys and Elizabeau are dealing with a merchant in a tavern while they are on the run, it made you feel as if you were sitting at the next table watching events unfold.
Love or country?
I will have to add that the emotion between the two main characters was so effectively portrayed by the narrator it brought tears to my eyes more than once, really well done.
Best medieval novel listen as an audio !
I really enjoyed it very much! I soon got captivated by this amazing romance filled with passion and adventure! I got pulled in this love story of a princess and a knight, I could not stop listening it! Breathtaking intensity between her two characters Rhys and Elizabeau. Lots of strong emotions are present in this story and the sexual chemistry will take you for a spin on a roller coster emotions! Ms. Le Veque skillfully blended passion and action and weaved her characters into her amazing medieval story.
All of Kathryn Le Veque's other books! This author is a storyteller that gets you hooked the moment you start reading her medieval story. I strongly recommend her books as audio!
No, this is the first time, that I hear Daniel Dorse's beautiful voice! I love this narrator, his voice is perfect for the Spectre of the Lord!
Spectre of the Lord is perfect, as an audio, for me while doing some jewelry!
- Nicole Laverdure "Mirabelle"