AD 1258 - As Henry III spends most of his time in France, focused on his French favorites, powerful English barons, including Simon de Montfort, begin to form an alliance against him. Rising to power in this dark and uncertain time is the House of de Shera, headed by Gallus de Shera, Earl of Coventry and Lord Marshal of Worcestershire. Gallus is flanked by his brothers Maximus and Tiberius, forming a circle of strength that cannot be broken. All know and fear the mighty de Shera brothers.
When Gallus de Shera is pressured to enter into a marital contract with the eldest daughter of Hugh Bigod, another powerful warlord, he balks at the suggestion, but is resigned to the fact that he has little choice, as the mighty Bigod family would make strong family relations. But before the contract can take place, a fortuitous moment in time sees him rescue a Welsh daughter of royal blood. The Lady Jenniver Tacey ferch Gaerwen is the daughter of kings, and Gallus is instantly entranced with the raven-haired lass. When Jenniver's father is mortally wounded, he begs Gallus to marry his daughter. Unable to refuse a dying man's request, Gallus accepts. Although he knows he must face Hugh Bigod at some point over the fact that he is no longer an eligible bachelor, he has no remorse, all he can focus on is his new bride - and a powerful love story is born.
Join Gallus and Jenniver as they embark on a new life together, where the English barons would see their marriage torn apart even as they rebel against Henry III. It is an epic journey of politics, betrayal, hatred, and ultimately, a timeless passion between Gallus and Jenniver. This is the exciting first audiobook of a three-book trilogy.
©2015 Kathryn Le Veque (P)2015 Kathryn Le Veque
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This is another brilliantly written story by Kathryn and the narrator did a great job. It had delightfully funny, nail biting, loving and adventures throughout the book. I think any of her books could be made into a super movie. They would rival Outlander.
Kathryn is gravely becoming one of my favorite authors. I have read several of her books and this trilogy may just be my favorite of them all. I can't wait for the other two books! This was my first time listening to Gethyn and must say that I was not very pleased with his narrator voice of the females but he did a good job otherwise.
"Even better than usual!"
I am a huge Kathryn Le Veque fan having read 12-15 of her novels and listened to almost that many in audible form. The THUNDER LORD followed her usual formula and then improved upon it. To me, this novel contained more history than most Le Veque novels and I loved it. I don't throw around my stars lightly so consider this a AAA+ rating.
Great read!! This is a hard book to put down. Wow what a great first book in this Trilogy. I enjoyed the interaction between the three brothers. The story captivates from the beginning and keeps on going all the way until the end. I experienced the whole range of emotions while reading this amazing book from grief of lost love to the unfound joy of new love as the brother’s display honest and loyalty to family, country and their friends. Kathryn Le Veque has such a talent for drawing you immediately into the story and keeping you riveted until the last page. This first story was of Gallus de Shera and Jeniver and it just drew me in page after page. The eldest of the de Shera brothers, Gallus de Shera, Earl of Coventry who has never dealt with his grief from his first wife's death, meets our heroine, the Lady Jeniver Gaerwen under tragic circumstances and ends up marrying her at the bidding of his mother, Lady Honey. The story draws from England’s tumultuous history during the reign of King Henry III and his power struggle with Simon de Montfort, there is much intrigue and scheming going on through the story as the de Shera brothers are fierce defenders and supporters of their cause. Kathryn Le Veque enraptured me with all three brothers throughout the entire story.
He did an amazing job with the characters and the story line!!!
When Gallus realized how badly he'd screwed up in his marriage to Jenniver, he traveled to Wales during a horrendous snowstorm to retrieve his wife, even though he became gravely ill as a result. I also liked that she didn't let him off the hook easily when he begged her forgiveness.
Although I liked Gallus and Jenniver, my favorite character was Gallus' mother, Honey de Shera. She was intelligent and pro-active, and quite astute when it came to politics as well as her sons.
Mr. Edwards' best character performance was Jenniver's father. He did such a great job with the 'deathbed' scene, I could almost picture it!
I can't wait to hear Maximus' story!!
"Fabulous story & performance, a little short at the end."
Loved the narrator, loved the story line as well. I felt the love storyline lost its significance towards the end, not in substance but in detail. This story was wonderfully written, it just needed more detail (and a couple more love scenes wouldn't have hurt;)) I adore Le Veque's novels, she's a true talent!
"have yet to read a bad book from her"
Loved it like the many others I have read by her. Once started hard to put down. My only wish is that they were longer.
"Brilliant narration by Gethyn Edwards"
Having a narrator as brilliant as Gethyn Edwards had given this first book an added dimension in the brutal medieval politics, making it all more interesting to listen after reading about Gallus and his brothers.
"Another Le Veque Winner"
Have been so excited with these audio versions of my Favorite author! Kathryn is so talented. You want to leap into the pages to feel, taste and smell the environments, the experience is totally immersive! Other writers leave me incomplete or completely tuned out. With LeVegue the large complement of characters are skillfully woven into a read that keeps me reading straight through till I finish in one night. Keep it up Kathyrn!
This story had such potential but by the time all of the characters were introduced the book was over. I like to understand the human condition but this lacked
She held the story together as well as possible
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