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There is one scene in this book where the heroine Dera lives up to her reputation as an Irish rebel, and it’s just stunning. But for most of the time her character subsides to make way for the hero, Cort de Russe and this is a wee bit disappointing.
The rest of the book is great, classic Kathryn Le Veque with knightly banter, unique characters and an enthralling plot. One of the most entertaining characters Is the hero Cort. He begins as an over confident womaniser whose cheeky ways charm everyone. So when he begins to have doubts about his purpose in life it makes him more interesting.
One of the things I love about this author is that she tackles tough issues and doesn’t offer easy answers. Here the issue is the English rule of Ireland seen from both English and Irish points of view. In this era there was extreme racial segregation so that English and Irish could not marry. As usual the author makes the political elements very human and alive, adding a layer of richness to a very entertaining adventure/romance.
Another fantastic story of the de Russe family. Love the way the children’s lives and loves are told. Loved Cort and Dera and how they found each other. So sad to lose Gaston - Corts legendary father with reminders of his story in previous novels.