Intrigue, suspicion, and rivalry among the royal princes casts a shadow on the court of Owain, king of north Wales....
The year is 1143, and King Owain seeks to unite his daughter in marriage with an allied king. But when the groom is murdered on the way to his wedding, the bride's brother tasks his two best detectives - Gareth, a knight, and Gwen, the daughter of the court bard - with bringing the killer to justice.
And once blame for the murder falls on Gareth himself, Gwen must continue her search for the truth alone, finding unlikely allies in foreign lands and ultimately uncovering a conspiracy that will shake the political foundations of Wales.
©2011 Sarah Woodbury (P)2015 Sarah Woodbury
for me it was time well spent listened while traveling back to Wales from Scotland. Having already read the books it helped make a long car journey fairly pleasant.
A good original story set in a real place with real events and people. You begin to wonder who is to be murdered next.
It was really spoilt by the reader who sounded more Irish than Welsh. the pronunciation of names like Llewelyn was awful and sounded as though it began with an S. It took me quite some time to work out that Cadesh was supposed to be Cadell.
In the right hands it would be a good movie as long as the scriptwriters remember it is set in Wales and not the USA.
I enjoyed this story even though the narrator's depiction of a Welsh accent was awful. At times very Irish sounding then veering into Indian tones. I would actually have preferred if she'd just done a more English accent at least it wouldn't have been so jarring to begin with.
I don't know if I'll listen to another Gwen & Gareth story as the author seems to really be dragging out their romance and concentrating on the mystery/ detective side of the books.
"The Good Knight"
I love historical novels! I appreciate that she starts the story and weaves the backgrounds of the characters into the story as we go. I am ready to read the next book in the series as I wait for the next Outlander book!
I liked this book and the way it was set up and the narrator was very good too. I like that it was not just in one town and moved . very good
it made me think when she would do the "spying "
I could picture the book in my mind as i read it ..
"Just as good as the book."
I've read the book for this one, and just like the After Cilmeri series it follows along quite well. There weren't any stops or weird pauses except when my phone decided to be weird about playback. I did notice a few times where the voices sounded far too similar to each other so it was a little difficult to tell which character was speaking, but aside from that Ms. Schroeder did an exceptional job.
"decent story horrible word usage"
The story was interesting and entertaining. I struggled with the author only using the word Said throughout the entire book. Use a Thesaurus and this would be an amazing book.
I almost didn't persist with this one because I hated the narration at the beginning. The narrator speaks in an American accent reading a story about 12th century Wales. But the oddest part is when she breaks into dialogue in a strange sort of Irish accent. I suppose it's supposed to be a Welsh accent, but who knows? I had the Kindle version as well, and after reading some of the book I was (for some reason) better able to accept the audio version.
The story is pretty good, with an interesting twist, and it's one of those that is based on many actual historical figures and events. The author manages to work her mystery into real history in a seamless fashion, which is always a neat trick.
I probably won't continue with the series, since the story seems to be heading in the direction of more romance and less mystery (a preview of the next installment is at the end of this recording), and that's not what I prefer. But a good effort about an interesting time (1143) and place (Wales).
Note: there is a repetition of 8-9 minutes in the middle (chapter 19 on the audio), but once you get past that technical glitch, it's fine.
"the good knight"
Reasonably accurate historically. Narration is well done. Story line is likeable but not tension filled.
"No Cadfael Mysteries or Outlander substitute"
The book does not hold the time period well, while the hero and heroine do work through a clever mystery it is not the quality of writing of the Cadfael Mysteries in my opinion as some other review suggested. This is not up to the qualify of a Diana Gabaldon who does time travel so wonderfully well with time period realism in her books or books by Kathryn LeVeque who writes lovely medieval historical romances. I thought at some points in the book this may be a young adult book but then the books "Code Name Verity" by Elizabeth Wein and Graceling by Kristin Cashore are both young adult books that are superb. Neither character development nor story development hold true enough to the story line. I believe the book had potential with some editorial advice to be a quality mystery.
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