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Review & Giveaway: In the Shadow of the Storm (The King’s Greatest Enemy, Book One) by Anna Belfrage

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About In the Shadow of the Storm

Adam de Guirande owes his lord, Sir Roger Mortimer, much more than loyalty. He owes Sir Roger for his life and all his worldly good, he owes him for his beautiful wife – even if Kit is not quite the woman Sir Roger thinks she is. So when Sir Roger rises in rebellion against the king, Adam has no choice but to ride with him – no matter what the ultimate cost may be.

England in 1321 is a confusing place. Edward II has been forced by his barons to exile his favourite, Hugh Despenser. The barons, led by the powerful Thomas of Lancaster, Roger Mortimer and Humphrey de Bohun, have reasons to believe they have finally tamed the king. But Edward is not about to take things lying down, and fate is a fickle mistress, favouring first one, then the other.

Adam fears his lord has over-reached, but at present Adam has other matters to concern him, first and foremost his new wife, Katherine de Monmouth. His bride comes surrounded by rumours concerning her and the baron, and he hates it when his brother snickers and whispers of used goods.

Kit de Courcy has the misfortune of being a perfect double of Katherine de Monmouth – which is why she finds herself coerced into wedding a man under a false name. What will Adam do when he finds out he has been duped?

Domestic matters become irrelevant when the king sets out to punish his rebellious barons. The Welsh Marches explode into war, and soon Sir Roger and his men are fighting for their very lives. When hope splutters and dies, when death seems inevitable, it falls to Kit to save her man – if she can.

In the Shadow of the Storm is the first in Anna Belfrage’s new series, The King’s Greatest Enemy, the story of a man torn apart by his loyalties to his baron, his king, and his wife.

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My Review

I couldn’t put this book down, highly unlikely you will either. Anna Belfrage grabs your attention and runs with it.

The setting felt very authentic through rich descriptions of clothing, laws, flora, no doubt thoroughly researched. The hot and cold relationship between Kit and Adam is a controlled burn eventually leveling to a simmer. The usual elements creating a riveting read all present and accounted for – politics, loyalty, power, passion, violence along with your share of mountebanks.

As fond as I was of Kit and Adam, I loathed Hugh le Despenser. He is a vile sadist, and I bristled every time he appeared. Can’t recall detesting anyone as much as this poor excuse for a human being. The violence this creature inflicts is beyond cruel, the man is twisted, with Belfrage’s candid descriptions your stomach will turn.

Belfrage’s writing is wonderful, her ability to transport the reader to the setting along with her fully developed and motley characters create an enthralling reading journey. I enjoyed the action, adventure and romance. Kit is my ideal female protagonist cum heroine, as the story unfolds so does Kit’s many stellar qualities, her strength never wavers.

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Had Anna been allowed to choose, she’d have become a professional time-traveller. As such a profession does as yet not exists, she settled for second best and became a financial professional with two absorbing interests, namely history and writing. These days, Anna combines an exciting day-job with a large family and her writing endeavours.

When Anna fell in love with her future husband, she got Scotland as an extra, not because her husband is Scottish or has a predilection for kilts, but because his family fled Scotland due to religious persecution in the 17th century – and were related to the Stuarts. For a history buff like Anna, these little details made Future Husband all the more desirable, and sparked a permanent interest in the Scottish Covenanters, which is how Matthew Graham, protagonist of the acclaimed The Graham Saga, began to take shape.

Set in 17th century Scotland and Virginia/Maryland, the series tells the story of Matthew and Alex, two people who should never have met – not when she was born three hundred years after him. With this heady blend of romance, adventure, high drama and historical accuracy, Anna hopes to entertain and captivate, and is more than thrilled when readers tell her just how much they love her books and her characters.

Presently, Anna is hard at work with her next project, a series set in the 1320s featuring Adam de Guirande, his wife Kit, and their adventures and misfortunes in connection with Roger Mortimer’s rise to power. The King’s Greatest Enemy is a series where passion and drama play out against a complex political situation, where today’s traitor may be tomorrow’s hero, and the Wheel of Life never stops rolling.

The first installment in the Adam and Kit story, In the Shadow of the Storm, will be published in the autumn of 2015.

Other than on her website, www.annabelfrage.com, Anna can mostly be found on her blog, http://annabelfrage.wordpress.com ñ unless, of course, she is submerged in writing her next novel.

Giveaway

During the Blog Tour we will be giving away 2 eBooks and 1 paperback! To enter, see the GLEAM form below.

Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on December 22nd. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Giveaway is open internationally.
– Only one entry per household.
– All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspect of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion
– Winner has 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen.

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Be sure to click on the HFVBT banner to check out the entire tour schedule.

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Publication Date: November 1, 2015 Silverwood Books

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16 Comments

  1. Thank you for the chance. The book looks great!

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  2. I’ve seen this on tour and it looks wonderful!

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    • Fabulous book Susan, I highly recommend. I will be reading the series. My first book by Belfrage – where have I been? Will be reading every book from this talented author. I hope you enjoy your reading adventure as much as I did. Warning – once you start reading you won’t be able to stop, trust me. Thanks for stopping by, much appreciated.

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  3. Marion

     /  December 14, 2015

    This book looks so exciting.
    Marion

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  4. These look like great books. I can’t believe I have never read any. That will change. Thanks for hosting.

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  5. Excellent review. I have enjoyed the books by this author in the Graham saga and look forward to this new series!

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    • Thank you dolleygurl. I kept asking myself…why haven’t I read Belfrage BEFORE??? I will remedy that problem soon. Great book, I rarely get hooked into series but this is an exception. Fabulous book. Looking forward to reading Graham series, pretty fantastic from what I have heard, dunno how I missed it. Thank you for stopping by and commenting, nice to meet you.

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  6. I have heard nothing but exceptional things about this authors work! I’ve a few of her novels on my Kindle but haven’t had the chance to read them yet. Would be lovely to actually start the series when it first starts so I can become addicted and not be able to miss the others :)!

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  7. You make it sound like a story I’d love!

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    • I really really liked this book. Loved the heroine Kit as well as Adam her hero hubby. Def a must read, in my opinion, I’d be surprised if you didn’t enjoy it as much as I did. Thank you for commenting and visiting D K, much appreciated.

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  8. This story sounds very intriguing! I love the cover!

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  9. Dovile

     /  December 19, 2015

    Thank you for the giveaway

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  10. rhianona

     /  December 22, 2015

    This sounds like a really interesting historical novel. Your review has really sealed it for me, and I think I’ll have to pick up a copy to read. thanks!

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