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Released: January 2015
ISBN: 9781311904669
Series: The Breton Lais, #1
Author: Kathryn Marlowe
Length: Novel
Genre: Historical Romance
Price: $3.99

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Guigemar is a Breton knight who fights alongside King Arthur. His excels in all the courtly arts save one: he has always scorned love. Returning home the knight goes hunting with a friend and shoots a white deer. The arrow bounces back to wound him, too. The doe curses him: the wound will never heal until he meets a woman who will love him truly and suffer for that love like no one ever has ever suffered before. Mad with pain he stumbles to the shore where a stunning ship sails him away, despite lacking a crew. He tosses and turns in fevered dreams until he awakes to find the most beautiful woman he has ever seen peering in at him.

And there his real troubles begin.

The Middle Ages: when ‘romance’ meant adventure!

Thise auld gentil Bretons in hir dayes
Of diverse aventures maden layes…

It all came down to the third lance. Guigemar looked down the pitch at his opponent. The tall Lancastrian had proved more formidable than he had expected, but that was all to the good. He was more than ready.

After some weeks of idleness since the last campaign, the king’s proposal of a tournament was met with hearty cheers by all his knights. Guigemar had been especially enthusiastic, as he had known it would be his last adventure before reluctantly heading home. Somehow Brittany had come to be a rather dull place in his mind, and he thrilled to the world he had discovered in Arthur's court.

Like jousting.

The lanky man opposite him doubtless had the same eagerness and resolve. Guigemar felt the familiar weight of the lance under his arm as he measured up his challenger. The two of them had faced many today, but now it was just them.

And the one lance each wielded would decide the matter.

Guigemar allowed the possibility of another draw to enter his mind, and then swept it away. He would be satisfied with nothing but victory. Beneath him, Robin stamped with what seemed to be equal impatience. The huge chestnut charger strained at the bit, his muscles wound as tightly as the coils of a serpent’s body, ready to spring. How strange that training could so completely overcome the nature of the beast; a horse in his natural state would flee this sort of arena, yet here he was, as eager for the fray as his master.

The crowd shouted encouragement to them all. Guigemar knew there were likely as many cheering for him as against him. It didn’t really matter. God would award victory to whomever He chose. All any knight could do was his best. Fate would fall as it must.

But how he wanted to win!

Let it be so, he prayed fervently and briefly, I wish to depart with my name upon their lips in joy. Guigemar glanced up at Arthur and saw the king leaning forward with anticipation. The cares of the kingdom and the recent skirmishes in the north had lifted from his brow for the time being, and he retained that look of youthful vigor that only fleetingly visited of late.

The queen sat beside him, eyes bright. She always seemed half thrilled and yet half terrified that one of the men might actually injure himself drastically. It was not unknown. Without exception, Arthur’s knights threw themselves into the jousting with the same zeal they showed in battle.

It meant something to win, and Guigemar had very nearly won everything.

Top Reviews
If you like your literature historical and epic this is one for you. A brilliant saga by the best in the business. A Great Medieval Saga. ~ Richard Godwin "Author Of Apostle Rising", Amazon

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At once with the high romance and idealistic notions of medieval knighthood - this is a tale replete with the grandeur of nobility and the steadfast resolve of a Knight who has to learn his lesson the hard way; that Love is not merely a fancy for the Tales but a cause worth hardship and sacrifice. I can imagine readers expecting a lot more violence, plenty more Ser's in action and a host of intricate plots that go back nine generations or more - but I'd urge you to focus on the simpler message of the book and indulge in the whimsical magic of the sailing ship that links the homeland of our troubled Knight and the mystical land of the Sorceror (boo, hiss!), and the adventures therein. With a languorously detailed attention to the exacting lengths of dialogue required to convey the fullest praise and most delicate turn of phrase worthy of such a valorous Tale (see what I did there?), Marlowe pulls of a most enchanting and hopeful tale. Amor vincit omnia, indeed. Daz Pulsford, Amazon

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Masterful by Marlowe
A masterful storyteller Marlowe delivers her story will skill, wit and clear delight. Also it starts with jousting, which is never a bad thing!! I am telling you nothing more than that, go discover it for yourself! ~ Adele "Aunty Fox", Amazon

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An interesting read!
A great beginning to new a new series.
An interesting and intriguing tale of true love, the meaning of love, sacrifice, a Knight's honor, magic,and, yes, romance. Intense and emotionale at moments. The setting is interesting, with Knights,Medieval Romance,a bit of magic, a battle for love. The characters are intriguing, as well, as will capture your heart. I will follow this series to it's conclusion. A sweet romance with a few twists and turns. ~ April A. Renn, Amazon



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