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Valiant Chaos

Narrated by: Tim Campbell
Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
Categories: Fiction, Sagas
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Summary

Listeners take note: This work was originally published under the title For Love and Honor, but it had been reissued with a new ending and bonus chapters!

1469 A.D. - Brogan d'Aurilliac is a master sergeant in the infantry of Edward IV. The son of a Germanic knight, he came to England at his father's death and worked his way up through the ranks of the infantry to become the king's highest ranking soldier. Brogan is a very large man with power and skill, but uneducated due to his family's immigrant social standing.

He meets our heroine by chance, a member of the mighty de Nevilles, the most powerful ruling family in England. The Lady Avalyn du Brant's uncle is the all-powerful Richard Neville, "The Kingmaker". Although Brogan knows she is out of his league, he is nonetheless taken by her. Avalyn, too, is intrigued by the big soldier with the heavy accent and menacing presence. What starts out as pity for the man turns to something else and her uncle, used to meddling in people's lives, seeks to separate his niece from Brogan by betrothing her to a powerful but foolish baron.

Yet Avalyn is intelligent; she takes charge of the situation and, like a great chess match, seeks to beat her uncle at his own game. Brogan, the man that enemy and ally alike call "The Monster" in battle, offers support and affection such as Avalyn has never known in this story of reversal of roles.

She is the 'smart and cunning' one in this battle to save her relationship with Brogan from her uncle's destruction.

©2014 Kathryn Le Veque (P)2014 Kathryn Le Veque

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Addictive story to read

I loved both the different endings but Willian was the better man more suited to her high status. It was an absorbing book and I loved it, full of action, romance and human courage. The performance was perfect.9

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Intriguing book with 2 endings

As an avid Kathryn Le Veque fan, have been deliberately leaving this book because of its controversial nature. It was originally written with an ending, which Kathryn has rewritten & rebranded.

It is the love story against the backdrop of Edward IV & The Kingmaker falling out in the late 1460's. Avalyn is related to the Kingmaker Richard Neville but inadvertently bumps into a German soldier Brogan, who was at a crossroads in his life. The story tells of their love & how far they would go to be together. I do prefer the new ending but I cannot spoil too much for the reader - just to say I felt it flowed slightly better. Both endings are in the audiobook so take your choice?

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  • Marcheta
  • 04-08-14

I'm so relieved she rewrote the ending

This is a rewrite (and re-titling) of an earlier Veque novel, For Love and Honour. I'm so glad she did the rewrite. While the original ending may have been more correct for that time, as a romance it didn't work for me. If I wanted a depressing romance, I'd read Thomas Hardy. Thanks for the rewrite, Kathryn Le Veque - I love your medieval romances.

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  • Ellen
  • 08-10-14

I'm so glad you rewrote the ending

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes I definitely would recommend this to a friend it was a wonderful book and I just loved the end when they were together in a new country with their children.

What did you like best about this story?

It shows that no matter if you are rich, poor or from different backgrounds love can always make it work.

What does Tim Campbell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Emotion and a feeling of being there with the characters

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes. I cried but they were happy tears.

Any additional comments?

I have all of Kathryn Le Veque audiobooks and can't wait for her new book coming out the end of October. I find from her website that some books are not available in audiblebooks and wish something could be done about it.

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  • sarah
  • 31-12-16

TWO STORIES ENDINGS

I truly glad how Kathryn rewrote the ending. Brogan and Avalyn belong together. William should had just stayed her friend because that all he was to her threw out the book. I truly didn't like the original version much at all. I enjoyed the rewrite..

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  • Donna Henry
  • 28-12-19

Valiant Chaos

It’s very funny how nervous I got when they made live in the stables! I was sure someone would catch them. Always an unexpected twist to Kathryns books. I liked both endings. Either one had a happy ending! Thanks Kathryn I live your writing! 👏👏❤️

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  • Kim
  • 14-11-19

SO HAPPY FOR THE REWRITE!!!

Must have my happily ever after!!! Not getting back together in the end ruined it for me! This is soooooo much better!!!

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  • Bronwynn Victoria
  • 10-11-19

One Book. TWO Endings.

This story was awesome and while I can understand the disappointment of the original ending, I have to say that it was my favorite. I am happy that the author rewrote it for those hopeless romantic readers but I thought the original was heartbreaking and realistically charming. I really enjoyed this book and BOTH endings.

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  • Tina
  • 19-02-19

New Ending

I liked the new ending better than the original ending. Thank you for sharing this with us.

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  • Elle
  • 29-08-18

Other ending better

I think I liked the original ending better although both were good. Good story as usual however not one of the best

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  • norma
  • 29-08-18

Good story!

I very much enjoyed this story. I had not read this one previously, and thought both endings were good, but I preferred the new version. I love Tim Campbell’s narration; I hope he will continue working with Ms. LeVeque’s new books.

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  • James Edelblute
  • 06-11-16

UGH!

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No.

What could Kathryn Le Veque have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Let sleeping dogs lie. This is the most undeserving heroine you have written in my journey through your library of work. The issues were not the endings but the story leading up to them. Frankly, both endings were weak and this lady should have been smarter and more honorable throughout...

There cannot be two heroes of equal standing to win the lady...one must excel above the other. Example as Stephen of Pembury stepping aside for Tate de Lara.

Which scene was your favorite?

None.

Could you see Valiant Chaos being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No way...this story could be better developed in the length of a series but I am not sure anyone would watch. How would this be sold...heroine- user, selfish and cruel ends up happy in the end at all others expense.

Any additional comments?

I listen to the work that Tim Campbell narrates because his work is flawless...I cannot imaging what he thought of women that would find this story endearing.