1356 A.D. - It is warring times for England as the Black Prince sweeps his way through France, waging nasty warfare on the population. Masterminding this brutal strategy is the knight they call the Black Angel. Brandt de Russe, Duke of Exeter, is the brains behind the prince's war machine, a mountain of a man who is as cunning as he is frightening. In battle, no man is his equal.
The Lady Ellowyn de Nerra, granddaughter of the great mercenary Braxton de Nerra, has been sent to London by her crippled father to collect the men he has donated to the Black Prince's wars in France. De Nerra men are mingled with the Duke of Exeter's men and Ellowyn is at the dock when the duke disembarks his ships. In her attempt to introduce herself to Brandt and explain her purpose, the duke has little time for the beautiful young woman and mistakes her for a whore. Grossly insulted, Ellowyn threatens the man that all sane men fear.
And so begins the fiery, passionate, and deep love story that transcends families, kings, and two continents, building to the Battle of Poitiers where Brandt is on the front lines. In battle, no man is his equal but even the most powerful of men are prisoners of their own hearts.
©2013 Kathryn Le Veque (P)2013 Kathryn Le Veque
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"review of lord of war: black angel"
I love audiobooks especially this one and have all of Kathryn's ebooks which I have read numerous times now to have this book in a different format is just all the more the best! Even though it took me a while to like the narrator's voice and I couldn't really imagine it as Brandt's voice. His voice I felt was perfect for Ellowyn's. As the book progressed I did start to like it anyway and I will definitely listen to it again!
Yes, I do have a soft spot for the romance but the battles and action which I rather enjoyed are just so descriptive and it really feels like I am actually there and so real! Brandt the hero is just a wonderful guy tough by nature but really deep down has a heart of gold and Ellowyn the heroine isn't afraid to stand up too anyone even the black angel Brandt who all men fear? Both characters are just amazing!
The first scene when Brandt and Ellowyn meet and he tells her to "be gone wench" Ellowyn's reaction to being brutally rebuffed had me giggling and laughing.
I just loved the whole book and Ms. Le Veque can surely bring almost every emotion into play one moment I'm laughing the next I'm crying. As I stated above laughing at Brandt's and Ellowyn's first meeting. Then I was crying when Dylan was killed in the battle of Poitiers. I just loved his character so much and didn't want this too happen. Poor Alex and Annabeth!!! I am amazed how she is able to spin such a wonderful tale of love, loss but a happy ending as well!!!
I would have to say even though there is no explicit sex scenes described in detail which I am most grateful for. Plus, the book doesn't lose it's intensity despite not having any sex described in graphic detail the love that Brandt and Ellowyn speaks volumes without it. There is still a hidden implication of their joining and you could kind of surmise it happening which is fine by me but I wouldn't recommend the book for anyone younger than 14 years old. I don't know if I would want a 11 or 10 year old listening to it despite how grown up they are.
"Emotionally powerful! I strongly recommend it!"
I love audiobooks, so when Kathryn Le Veque decided to offer her books as audios, I was very pleased because I am a huge fan of her stories. I will probably get more because I listen to them while I create some jewelry or just to relax. Lord of War, Black Angel is one of my favorites.
There are so many beautiful scenes, I find it hard to choose.
I liked his voice!
No, I prefer to savor each chapters slowly.
My review for Lord of War, Black Angel, posted on Amazon.com.
Emotionally powerful! 7 stars
When I read, I seldom cry! But Kathryn Le Veque’s Medieval Lord of War, Black Angel is so passionate that I shed some tears and had a lump in the throat! It’s a beautiful novel, breathtaking and emotionally rich with her characters Brandt de Russe and Lady Ellowyn de Nerra. I loved the sensual chemistry between her main characters. It’s the story of two major families in the warring times of England! Ellowyn, daughter of mercenary Braxton de Nerra, is sent by him, to collect men from a legendary warrior Brandt de Russe, Duke of Exeter, the Black Angel. As soon as they meet, they had gotten to a very bad start. I loved her heroine; she was a feisty woman, head-strong, intelligent and always got what she wanted. Brandt is a powerful warrior but also a generous man with a tender heart! Both their worlds were so different, her being overprotected by her parents and him trying to survive at war! I loved that touch of humor between them, he liked to tease her and getting her all feisty. Sparks starts to flare between the two and passion ignites! Brandt suddenly, felt a strong attraction to Ellowyn, who then stopped seeing him as her enemy but rather as a very attractive man. Their love relationship was so well developed. Being often on the front lines at war, he felt that he needed to protect her at all cost. As war goes on, their love became stronger! Emotional events will occur, that will make you shed tears! You have to read this novel to understand the chemistry between Brandt and Ellowyn. Ms. Le Veque is a high quality writer that pulled me into her medieval story and again, I had to keep on reading to know what would happen next. She is a very descriptive author, so much I could see the surroundings on the battlefield! It’s a captivating story filled with strong emotions, tenderness, passion and adventure. It was the perfect medieval romance for me! I am literally addicted to Kathryn Le Veque’s stories. I highly recommend this sublime novel!
"One of her Best!"
I have the ebook and the audio book,, I couldn't put them down. I read it then I listened to it at work! It was incredible love story. The narrator did a great job of portraying the characters! What are you waiting for, get your copy today! you will not be disappointed!
"Beautifully told Medieval Romance!"
Yes! It is a wonderful novel of romance, war, inner turmoil and lightheartedness! I love the story of Brandt and Elowynn and their struggles!
The banter between Brandt and Elowynn is comical and light
His voice brought the characters to life! He was hard to understand for the first few minutes but after that it was easy to follow
The epilogue and also when Elowynn found Brandt at the end
Thank you Kathryn for another wonderful novel!
"Narrator was a poor choice."
I've been plowing through Kathryn LeVeque's books since I discovered her. Part of the reason was the great voices of the narrators. But this one had me fighting sleep, because he spoke so slowly. I thought he was fighting sleep himself! I stayed with it, however, because I wanted to see what happened.
"If you can get passed the narration...."
If one can get passed the narration, whispering gravelly voice, the story line is quite good. I just persevered..and after a while I was able to ignore the voice problem.
The hero because he had to overcome the stereotype of the horrible dark warlord. Even though he was the dark warlord, he was at war and having to unpleasant things in order to accomplish the job. Ellowyn was a spitfire, and a strong woman. She was compassionate and she made me laugh. I love to learn about the history of warring factions. I have gone online to read about England and Wale's history during time the author writes about.
Yes there was a differentiation; however, if the narrator tried to make Brandt's character seem seem big and scary by speaking in a whispered voice, he blew it big time!!!! The first thing that came to my mind was an Italian Maffia character..not at all close to the setting of the story.I will certainly not listen to this narrator again. To expensive to take the chance.
Always, Kathryn Le Veque is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. I like the interweaving of the fiction among the history. I think romance is a very hard genre to write, being most every situation has been done and retold. Le Veque adds a nice twist to her stories to keep the reader interested.
I am so grateful to the author for not always writing her books in a series. I like to be able to read a book that can stand alone, yet incorporate characters and scenes from other books. I have made a chart/map of the years, battles and characters.
This one has so many great houses represented with their sons. What a great story!
"I liked reading the book better"
Long but good.
Brandt, he was a man of war.
Not my favorite.
No, it's too long unfortunately.
I love Kathryn Le Veque's book! But I felt the narrator's performance was at times a little overdramatic, and I really didn't like his female voice for Ellowyn. I liked his British accent, but his older gentlemanly timbre just didn't quite feel right to me. Oh well I guess it's just one of those stories that I preferred hearing in my head vs. the narrator.
"Couldn't get past narrators voice. Sigh"
I love K. Le Veque but this reader just made me grit my teeth. He had a beautiful voice when he spoke undramatically but then he'd change and speak low and raspy. ARGH
"Dorse is awesome"
Awesome voice for narration of story.
The premise, medieval world, the hero and the lady.
This was my first Daniel Dorse's performance, which wowed me; and lead me to other books, he narrated.
I wanted too, but life and physical need for sleep, interfered.
K.L. is a very good writer, held my attention, without the great writing no amount of excellent narration can salvage the book. For this audio book the combination of K.L. and D.D. was awesome.
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