'Meticulous research and strong storytelling'
Woman & Home
The heart-pounding end to The Wild Hunt series: stunning historical detail, beguiling characters and superb storytelling.
Renard, heir to Ravenstow, is a crusader far from the cold Welsh Marches of his birth.
Summoned home to his ailing father, Renard brings Olwen with him, an exotic dancing girl. Yet, in a political match made by their families, Renard is already betrothed to the innocent Elene and he knows he is returning to the duty of marriage.
Torn between Olwen and Elene, Renard's personal struggle is set against a background of increasing civil strife as Ranulf of Chester, his greedy neighbour, strives to snatch his lands. When Renard is taken prisoner at the Battle of Lincoln, his fate is placed in the hands of the two women - his former mistress, now in the bed of his deadliest enemy, and his determined yet inexperienced wife, protecting his lands against terrible odds . . .
Praise for Elizabeth Chadwick
'An author who makes history come gloriously alive'
'Picking up an Elizabeth Chadwick novel you know you are in for a sumptuous ride'
In this nicely crafted historical romance, a follow-up to The Wild Hunt and The Running Vixen , Chadwick continues her tale of Ravenstow, a medieval Welsh estate. Renard, the well-meaning and dashing, but often restless, heir to the realm, returns from the Crusader kingdom of Antioch with a mistress, the beautiful, crafty dancing girl Olwen. Renard has come home to deal with his father's impending death and local tensions caused by the dispute over the succession to England's throne, both of which mandate the immediate celebration of his arranged marriage to the heiress of a neighboring estate. He is soon embroiled in a fierce rivalry with temperamental, power-hungry Ranulf de Gernons, Earl of Chester, who will do anything to get Renard's land, including raiding, pillaging and even kidnapping his enemy's bride. Though preoccupied with political battles, Renard is pleasantly surprised by his new wife and soon disenchanted with the malevolent Olwen, whose scheming poses grave danger to his estate and his marriage. As before, realistic characters and finely drawn details of 12th-century life distinguish Chadwick's work. ( May )
This book like the other two in the series, was very good.
This was the last of the books written by Elizabeth Chadwick that I needed to read. I enjoyed it and would recommend it to other readers of her work. However, it wasn't anywhere near as good as Lords of the White Tower or her books on the Marshall and Bigod families.