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.
Title: In the Shadow of the Storm (The King’s Greatest Enemy, Book One)
Author: Anna Belfrage
Genre: Fiction / Historical Fiction
Publisher: SilverWood Books
Release Date: November 1, 2015
Source: Author via Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours
FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of In the Shadow of the Storm from the author via Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours in exchange for a fair and honest review. Opinions expressed are mine.
In the Shadow of the Storm is the first of the many books written by Anna Belfrage I have read. As a fan of historical fiction, I cannot say with certainty why that is. I will say I’m grateful to be a tour host for Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours, the host of Anna’s tour, and to have had the opportunity to read and review this book, the first in a new series for this author:
When I picked up In the Shadow of the Storm, I was stunned, and pleasantly so, to be drawn in so quickly by Anna’s writing style. She wastes no time in getting to the point of her story, and immediately she introduces her characters and gives background, description, role in the story, and much more.
As the first book in the series, Shadow is fast-paced, intense, and at times somewhat comedic, as two young women, swapped rather mysteriously, must deal with new identities lending a light, funny air to the story while their circumstances remain seriously dangerous to one or both. Who could put this book down? Certainly not me!
Many of you may already be fans of Anna Belfrage, and if so, you don’t need much of a sales pitch. However, for those historical fiction fans who, like me, have missed out this author’s writing, you are going to love this book. It is everything historical fiction is supposed to be. I sincerely hope you grab a copy as soon as possible so you can experience the quality of writing and development that goes into an Anna Belfrage work.
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Meet Anna Belfrage:
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.