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Monday, October 12, 2015

Review: Rogue Knight by Regan Walker


If Medieval Romance is your thing then I highly recommend you check out this series by Regan Walker!

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the author for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Createspace
Release Date: October 7, 2015

York, England 1069… three years after the Norman Conquest

The North of England seethes with discontent under the heavy hand of William the Conqueror, who unleashes his fury on the rebels who dare to defy him. Amid the ensuing devastation, love blooms in the heart of a gallant Norman knight for a Yorkshire widow.

A LOVE NEITHER CAN DENY, A PASSION NEITHER CAN RESIST

Angry at the cruelty she has witnessed at the Normans’ hands, Emma of York is torn between her loyalty to her noble Danish father, a leader of the rebels, and her growing passion for an honorable French knight.

Loyal to King William, Sir Geoffroi de Tournai has no idea Emma hides a secret that could mean death for him and his fellow knights.

WAR DREW THEM TOGETHER, WAR WOULD TEAR THEM APART

War erupts, tearing asunder the tentative love growing between them, leaving each the enemy of the other. Will Sir Geoffroi, convinced Emma has betrayed him, defy his king to save her?

Taking place three years after the Norman Conquest, Rogue Knight is a story of love in the time of war between Emma of York, a widow who has nothing but resentment towards the cruel Normans and Sir Geoffroi de Tournai, a knight loyal to the king better known as William the Conqueror. As Geoffroi and Emma’s attraction begins to form the foundation of a lasting relationship, war erupts and tears them apart, leaving them little more than enemies. Convinced that Emma has betrayed him, Sir Geoffroi has to decide whether Emma is worth saving.



Rogue Knight for me has been the most emotional book that Regan Walker has written so far and that’s saying a lot because one thing that stands out about this author is how much attention is put into details and highlighting the feelings of the characters in each scene. Walker’s style of writing gives enough details to paint a vivid picture in readers’ minds without sounding like a historical account of the world her characters live in.

Geoffroi and Emma’s romance seemed doomed from the start. As opposites in a very important war, there should have been no way that their relationship could have worked and yet it did. I loved the pacing of the romance, the beginning of their courtship wasn’t rushed, it was clear that it was a forbidden romance that was developing and it needed time to take root and grow. And there were more obstacles to be faced than just Geoffroi and Emma’s reluctance to fall for each other. Because they were on opposing sides, there was a huge trust issue to be faced and it nearly tore them apart for good. It may sound mean but this was the best part of Rogue Knight, watching these two characters act and react to situations the same way any normal person would. Suspicion, doubt and fear plagued them about the other and they had to make the choice to let it consume them or to find the courage to face them and find out the truth. It was this part of Geoffroi and Emma that drew me to them, made me hurt for them and then made me cheer for them.

It’s always understood that with a story that takes place during a time of war that there will a large loss of life and bloody battles but with most historical romances those moments are often visited via brief flashbacks and casual mentions. Not with Rogue Knight. The devastation of war and the grief that accompanied many during the years after the Norman Conquest wasn’t overlooked. In fact, Regan Walker made sure that she painted a clear and vivid picture of what it was like for the people. It was hard to imagine that anything beautiful could come out of that dark period.

As with the previous book in the Medieval Warriors series, Rogue Knight can be read as a standalone, but with such careful detail and character development in each book by Walker, why would anyone limit themselves to just one book?

Final Verdict: Medieval romances may not be as common as other sub-genres of historical romance but Rogue Knight can certainly hold its own among them as a well written, carefully crafted romance.




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