Publication Date: July 31, 2016
eBook & Paperback; 340 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction/Historical Romance/Medieval
Malcolm MacHeth, one time Earl of Ross, languishes a prisoner in Roxburgh Castle while his sons raise rebellion in his name. Optimistically, the King of Scots promises the earldom of Ross to landless Norman knight, Sir William de Lanson, if he can somehow defeat the infamous MacHeths.
It wasn’t quite how William’s disgraced wife Christian dreamed of coming home. Capture by the strange and ferocious Adam MacHeth was hardly part of her plan either, although she and William quickly become pawns in his.
Adam, warrior and seer, fights for his father’s freedom and for his family’s right to claim the kingdom of the Scots. Plagued by waking dreams which threaten his sanity and his life, he’s learned to use his prophecies to further his family’s goals. But when he abducts his enemy’s lady, his dreams and his desires are suddenly more personal.
Surrounded by intrigue, ambition and betrayal, Christian must choose between loyalty and love in order to keep a fragile peace for her people and for the man she loves beyond all reason.
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REBEL OF ROSS by Mary Lancaster is set in Scotland during 1156, a time I haven’t much read about. That in itself was enough for me to want to read and review the book because I’m always eager to learn about a period in history I know nothing about.
What a fantastic book! Although I was admittedly lost at the beginning trying to keep track of the characters–a lively cast, indeed– they all soon fell into place for me and I could scarcely put the book down. This is the first book I’ve read by the author and I’m happy to report that she definitely knows how to weave an intriguing tale all while bringing life to a long ago era with descriptions of the places and people that will make you feel you’re in the midst of it all. Full of adventure and romance, it’s everything fans of this genre want from medieval historical fiction. I became completely absorbed in the lives of Christian and Adam, the two main characters. Their romance is intense and wrought with passion.
This is the type of story you hate to see end and I give it an exuberant 5 stars.
Thank you to the amazing Amy from Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for asking me to be a part of this tour, and thank you, Mary Lancaster for writing this amazing book.
Mary Lancaster’s first love was historical fiction. Since then she has grown to love coffee, chocolate, red wine and black and white films – simultaneously where possible. She hates housework.
As a direct consequence of the first love, she studied history at St. Andrews University, after which she worked variously as editorial assistant, researcher and librarian. Although she has always written stories for her own entertainment, she began to make serious efforts toward publication in order to distract herself from a job she disliked. She now writes full time at her seaside home in Scotland, which she shares with her husband and three children.
Mary is the author of three historical novels:
An Endless Exile – the story of Hereward, 11th century outlaw hero
A World to Win – a Scottish governess finds love in revolutionary Hungary
A Prince to be Feared: the love story of Vlad Dracula
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