The King's Man : Welsh Blades

  • by Elizabeth Kingston
  • Narrated by Nicholas Boulton
  • Series: Welsh Blades
  • 9 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Laura Kinsale Presents…an intense and haunting historical romance by talented new author Elizabeth Kingston. The sword-wielding daughter of a Welsh rebel crosses weapons with King Edward's favorite killer.
Ranulf Ombrier is notorious throughout England for his skill at swordplay and murderous reputation. But after years of doing his king's bidding, he follows his conscience away from Edward, all the way to the wilds of Wales. Gwenllian of Ruardean, Welsh daughter of a powerful Marcher lord, has every reason to leave Ranulf for dead when one of her men nearly kills him. As a girl she was married by proxy to a man Ranulf murdered, only to become a widow before she ever met her groom. In the years since, she has shunned the life of a lady, instead studying warfare and combat at her mother's behest.
Saving her enemy's life comes with consequences, and Gwenllian and Ranulf are soon caught up in dangerous intrigue. Forced together, they discover a kinship of spirit and a surprising, intense desire. But even hard-won love cannot thrive when loyalties are divided and the winds of rebellion sweep the land.

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What the Critics Say

"I love this book because it's a great, angsty medieval, brought to life in the old school romance tradition. It's got a kick-ass heroine (who isn't a brat) and a dark, brooding hero with a past. It's read by Nicholas Boulton. And we get to hear how those lovely Welsh vowels really sound, in Nick's to-die-for voice. Like many of you, I've been anxious to hear him read fresh new works, and we're making it happen. Enjoy! And be sure to let us know what you think of Nick's performance of Kingston's unique characters in the reviews." (Laura Kinsale, author of Flowers from the Storm)
"In a deep, gravelly voice, narrator Nicholas Boulton performs this tale of sworn enemies in Wales in the 1280s…Boulton incorporates a dozen different accents--from lilting Welsh to lightly accented English--without missing a beat and brings breathless, action-filled sword fights to life. Amid complicated political wrangling for control of the Welsh and Marcher lands, King Edward marries Gwenllian to Ranulf, which brings about a stormy, passionate peace--and some steamy sex. Listeners will be captivated by this story of loyalty, honor, and love." (AudioFile)

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Delightful Charmer!

This wonderful story by Elizabeth Kingston is definitely reminiscent of Laura Kinsale's writing style. Of course, Nicholas Boulton also adds to the pleasure of this delightful charmer. It is my hope that the author continues this story and makes it a series.

This book will appeal to anyone who enjoys flawed characters, strong female heroine with an intriguing historical story, Gwenllian and Ranulf, the main characters, have a special bond that transcends any social or family controversies. It's truly an endearing journey of love and trust.

The issue here isn't whether or not this book is written by Laura Kinsale but rather if this book is worth a credit no matter who wrote it. And I say Yes, it is most definitely worth a credit. ;-)
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- 🌼DARA

Awesome story & narration!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I already have and the reason is the well told story and nuanced narration.


What did you like best about this story?

The complexity of characters.


What does Nicholas Boulton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I actually got this book over a week before I upgraded it to narration and was blown away with NB's narration. He brought every character to life with his nuanced voice. Guess what? I never got to read it because he was so good!


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

You bet! But life tends to get in a way and it took me about three days to finish it.


Any additional comments?

Earlier this month this title was free, with audio narration offered at $1.99, and I just couldn’t pass it up. Was I ever glad to get it! I have to say that I never got to read it because the narration done by Nicholas Boulton was amazing. He is one of those narrators that can suck you in a story and never let you go.This is one of those medieval stories that involves two very complex characters and is filled with emotional and intense moments from start to finish.I loved the heroine and her personality and I liked the way the author handled her dilemma about who she really was and who she wanted to be. As for the hero, if you’re a sucker for a strong, alpha male that is torn between his loyalty to his king and redeeming his soul, you’ll fall in love with Ranulf.Elizabeth Kingston is a new to me author but not for long. I’m looking forward to listening to her upcoming stories in this and other series. She created a world very realistic and a romance that will stay with me for a long time.Melanie for b2b

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- bookworm2bookworm

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-20-2015
  • Publisher: Hedgehog Inc Productions