Wow ... this is a fantastic story. The author takes us straight into the heart of Arthurian Britannia with a tale that gives us the origins of the story of Merlin.
At its heart though, it's a powerful romance: the story of
Lynette and Cadfael the Black. She's a princess's handmaid, he's a
powerful battle commander. She's loyal to a fault, while he's embittered
after the brutal loss of his wife and son many years earlier, and has
vowed to never live again.
Although this isn't a big book, the
main characters are fleshed out excellently. Lynette is strong,
sensitive, and tough. Cadfael is attracted to her from their first
meeting, but held back by suspicion and bitterness. The scenes where
their attraction deepens are fantastically written and filled with
tension. I found their resolution highly emotional, and was delighted
that they got their happy ending.
Tracy Cooper-Posey does her
research too. Her descriptions of the historical setting, political
set-up, and how people lived felt really authentic.
enough romances written in the Dark Ages so I was delighted to discover
this one. I will definitely be reading the rest of the series!
Check BORN OF NO MAN out on Amazon.