1332 A.D. - As the premier commander for Roger Mortimer, Earl of March, when he commandeered the throne from a young Edward III, Sir Mathias de Reyne is the type of knight that all men aspire to be: fair, powerful, intelligent, and bold. Men on both sides of the Mortimer/Edward lines respect and admire de Reyne for his outstanding character, including Dragonblade himself, Tate de Lara. Before the war separated men into two groups - those that supported Mortimer and those that supported the rightful king - Mathias, Tate, Kenneth St. Hever, and Stephen of Pembury were inseparable friends. But then, sides were chosen and lines were drawn.
When Roger Mortimer lost his head, Mathias de Reyne was spared because of his great and fair reputation. Stripped of his lands and titles, however, he was forced into obscurity. He became known in legend as The Fallen One. More than a year after being stripped of his knighthood, Mathias now makes his living as a blacksmith in the north Cumbrian town of Brampton. One morning, he hears cries for help and, being an innately brave and helpful man, follows the cries and comes upon a terrible scene. Rescuing a young woman from a fiend, he very quickly realizes that the young woman is the most beautiful he has ever lain eyes upon.
The Lady Cathlina de Lara is a lush beauty with dark hair and flashing dark eyes, and the attraction between the pair is immediate. But she is also a de Lara, related to the man who took Mathias' titles from him - his former best friend. Still, he cannot forget the dark-eyed beauty and soon finds himself swept up in a wildly passionate love affair, breaking his promise to never bear arms again by resuming his knighthood without the permission of the king and fleeing to Scotland. From the brutal Scots borderlands to the fields of Dupplin Moor and a historic battle, join Mathias and Cathlina as their journey in life takes them on a passionate adventure of love, life, learning, and the redemption of the man once known as The Fallen One.
©2013 Kathryn Le Veque (P)2014 Kathryn Le Veque
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I loved the story of redemption, love, loyalty, and bravery in a time of chivalry and honor. Mathias and Cathlina, their families and the knights of the Dragonblade trilogy reunited made for an adventure to savor. Tim Campbell's performance as narrator was perfect! He brought to life each character in such a wonderful way, I felt as if I were sitting in a theater as an audience member of a terrific production.
Midgie made me laugh. as did the reactions to those around her. Her character was a wonderful addition to the story. I also loved the knights of Dragonblade, as they faced the enemy again.
His voice was perfect. He not only enunciates well, his slight accent brings to mind the era of which he speaks. He treats each character with a different voice, in a way that is not exaggerated, but subtle enough that you immediately know which character is speaking at each moment. He literally acted the entire novel out himself! It was terrific.
I believe it would be a toss up between Tate de Lara's wife "Toby" because of the way her character has been written as a well educated, strong willed woman and Keir St. Hever because of his sense of humor. Either would make for interesting dinner conversation.
I loved the story when I read it as a book, and as an audiobook it was even better. Tim Campbell did a terrific job with the story, he was AMAZING, and I highly recommend this to anyone who loves the historical romance.
"Excellent Medieval Romance! 6 stars"
I love listening to audio, they are perfect for me when I create my jewelry or in the car while traveling!
All of Kathryn Le Veque are marvelous to read, it would be hard for me to choose!
Tim Campbell has a beautiful voice that makes enjoyable to listen to The Fallen One!
No, I rather prefer to listen to a couple of chapters at once.
I am a huge fan of Kathryn Le Veque's Medieval romance! So when I started to read her book THE FALLEN ONE, I got trapped the moment I started to read it. She has done it again, I got captivated by Sir Mathias de Reye and the Lady Cathlina de Lara's love story. It had everything a fan of Medieval needs love, passion and adventure. Ms. Le Veque is an excellent writer and I love her style of writing, her words flow, so it is easy to become addicted to her books. I love all her medieval romances and I highly recommend them. Who doesn't love the chivalry of a Knight when he is loyal, protective, gentle and passionate!
"Justin Hayward wrote "Nights in White Satin""
I'm so tired of everyone being beautiful or unbearably handsome - I feel like I'm reading about aliens.
Her failure to credit the lyrics from "Nights in White Satin" at the beginning of Chapter 1 to Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues. If she did this intentionally, shame on her.
None - her characters seem similar to too many characters in her other books. I can't relate to them because they don't seem or act like real people.
I'd credit the quote from "Nights in White Satin" at the beginning of Chapter 1 to their rightful author - Justin Hayward. She also desperately needs an experienced editor to tighten up her storylines and get rid of redundant plots.
I liked many of the first Kathryn Le Veque novels that audible provided, but I'm very cautious now when buying any more. Some of her storylines are too repetitious, some of her heroines are just too stupid to care about, and I'm really sick of the predominantly beautiful and superficial heroines who have nothing else going for them.
"Classic Le Veque romance!"
I like that the premise was different with a disgraced knight & his struggle to move on with his life. This isn't your typical Hero gets the girl romance.
The knights from the previous Dragonblade novels! I love it when characters from Kathryn Le Veque's other novels pop-up for cameos!
He's not my favorite narrator of Kathryn Le Veque's novels, but I felt he did do a good job of differing the voices with tone & inflection. You could distinctly hear the difference between the sisters & various knights.
No it's too long but the story is easy enough to pick up from where I left off.
"One Otter deserves another"
I have Read yet another delightful tale by Miss LeVeque. Her discipline I of consistency one novel after another provokes the reader to rush for the next. Her winning formula makes you fall deeper and deeper in love with Medieval times and romance. I applaud you!
"The narration and the book"
I enjoyed this narration better than the last one I listened to by Campbell. There were fewer mistakes and I like the sound of his voice. I love to read along with the voice and I love the fact that the pages turn with the narration. That may sound silly, but when one's finger hurts all the time, not turning a page is a big deal.
I loved the redemption that this story told. If I am to review the book here, I would say that The Fallen One is excellent. It has history, romance, bloody battles and is in no way hard to read. I also found great humor in one paragraph. I am probably the only 'sick' minded person to find the humor: “After paying the priest the promised coinage, Mathias mounted his wife on the skittish charger and in the dead of night, headed into Longtown and the Ladyseat Inn.” He mounted his wife on the charger???!!!
He put the proper emotion with what he was reading.
No, but that was my personal decision...to take it in bites.
"An exciting story in audiobook!"
Yes I would highly recommend this audiobook. The story is highly exciting and interesting of a guy the hero Mathias who loses everything especially his knighthood by being a blacksmith but due to the love and help of a woman the heroine Cathlina who doesn't care who or what he is. Mathias is able to redeem and believe in himself by becoming a knight again. I loved the story and have purchased both the ebook and the paperback to have the audiobook is just wonderful!
I really liked Mr. Tim Campbell's narration of the book and thought he did a wonderful job with the book. His voice moved and flowed with the emotions while listening to the book. He was also able to bring distinction and different intonations to every single male character including the hero Mathias and the heroine Cathlina even all the female characters too!
No I like to listen several times to audiobooks especially when I love the book. Yes at times I didn't want to stop listening to it getting caught up in the story but then to go back to it was just as nice.
There are some similar characters that Ms. Le Veque writes about in the dragonblade trilogy so to listen to those books just for the similar characters and their friendships is good but really this is a stand-alone book and well worth it to listen to maybe adding it to those books as well!
Just a simple, enjoyable listen. Kathryn Le Veque is an awesome writer with stories that will keep you on the edge of your seat!
I truly enjoy Kathryn Le Veque's creativity. Her stories are designed with amazing characters, heart wrenching twists and turns and nerve racking adventure.
"I love Dragonblade series \ O /"
The House of De Lara is one my favourites and to hear Tate and Toby with all their friends reunited in this one book is absolutely amazing.
Thank you Tim Campbell for consistent performance throughout KLV's Dragonblade series. Your brilliant narration breathed an added dimension to the epic medieval arc.
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