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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Great Story! Hated the Narrator
The narrator's voice was terrible. His voice was dull and raspy. No matter what speed I choose I could not enjoy it.
Love the character in this story
Different narrator, please
review of spectre of the sword
For me the most enjoyable thing about listening to it is; it truly is a great story with such well-developed three dimensional characters that all of them are easily imagined and almost seem real. The hero is a swoon-worthy larger than life handsome knight Rhys du Bois tasked with protecting and taking the beauteous spitfire heroine Elizabeau secretly to meet her betrothed marry him and become the next queen of England. Plus, with great fully developed minor characters you can't help but care about. The story literally comes to life!
I've always thought that spectre of the sword was somewhat comparable to one other book of Ms. Le Veque book great protector in that the story starts off somewhat similarly but that is just the extent of it. Throughout the progression of each book they have totally different outcomes, different plot twists and turns making them unique in their own right. The main characters Rhys and Elizabeau do remind me a little of the doomed forbidden love of Sir Lancelot and Queen Guinevere though.
The only other audio book that I have listened to of Mr. Daniel Dorse's narration is Lord of War Black Angel which is also writtne by Ms. Le Veque. Yes they are both medieval historical romance but they are very different books altogether. I enjoy Mr. Dorse's narration over-all. I really liked Mr. Dorse's voice for Rhys. He was able to give him almost a deep entrancing seductive quality to his voice just made me really wish he existed in real life! Even when he voiced Elizabeau I didn't have a hard time imagining her but for some reason I loved her character in the book more. After listening to him voice Elizabeau she almost seemed a little shrewish to me.
No not really since I have several devices from my computer to my kindle fire and kindle fire HDX I listen to whether it is driving in my car, at my job, working out or just relaxing. I take every opporntunity I can to listen as much as I want and as many times as I want! In fact while I am writing this review I am listening to it as I type.
This is a wonderful amazing book which I am glad to have in both ebook and audio book format too! The story, battles, friendships, deception, secrecy and lastly a love that isn't supposed to happen but does all rolled into this book makes me delighted to either read or listen to numerous times which I plan to do too. Ms. Le Veque really knows how to write such good stories that this story still really stays with me and I know that when I see the book in paperback I will purchase that as well!