The Seventh Son (Norman Conquest #4)
Drogheda, Ireland 1075
The sixth son bears a curse as certain as the seventh son bears a blessing. When Tadhg MacNaughton’s betrothed is ripped from his arms and married to another, he believes the legend is true.
Tisa O'Brien's life slams into a downward spiral at the news she is no longer betrothed to the love of her life but to the tanist of a warring, prideful clan with dangerous political aspirations, the Meic Lochlainn. She faces her destiny with all the strength and dignity of her Irish heritage despite dealing with a husband who resents her and meets his needs in the arms of others, fighting off the lustful advances of her father-in-law, Aodh, and longing for the husband of her heart.
Tadhg MacNaughton makes a deal with the devil to ensure the survival of his clan as he is commanded to fight for Aodh who envisions himself the new High King of Eire. Up close and personal, Tadhg must witness his true love's marriage and remain silent even as it rips him apart. When a sinister plot to overthrow King William of England led by the exiled Leofrid Godwin and Clan Meic Lochlainn comes to light, Tadhg is faced with saving his clan or endangering his sister and her Norman husband.
An Irish beauty and a warrior betrayed, doomed in love from the start or does fate have something else in store for them?
The Seventh Son, book 4 in the Norman Conquest Series, is by far my favorite. It is the longest story in the series and with good reason. It brings all the characters back for an epic adventure that takes place in the year 1076. Although this is Tadhg’s and Tisa’s story, I found that it was fun reading about what was going on with the other characters. All the scene changing does serve a purpose and as the story progresses the tension increases. If you’ve read book one (The Saxon Bride) you’ll remember Rowena’s cousin Leofrid and his intentions to overthrow King William. His role in this story is no different and we find that he is still on the same path as he was when we were first introduced to him.
If you like reading stories that evoke powerful emotions then I do believe this one will be a perfect choice. In addition to the familiar, we are introduced to some new characters. Tisa’s betrothed and her father in law being a couple of them. Personalities of these new characters range from vile, sweet, and confusing. It’s the vile ones that really make this a gritty and intense story. I felt myself clenching my fist in anticipation to certain scenes. I also felt like taking said fist and punching some of these characters as well. It was such a roller coaster of emotions that I had to take a break from reading, only to go back into it a couple minutes later just to see what happened.
Tisa’s situation is probably the most heart wrenching thing I’ve read in a while. It does seem like all is lost and we find that her being apart from her one true love will truly be her undoing. Her character represents the strength and resilience that we all hope to have and as I was reading her story I found myself becoming her cheerleader. I wanted things to go well for her and although it seemed like she was settling herself into her unbearable situation, it really was all for the best. Surely, there will be an HEA?
Poor Tadgh, he’s the quintessential hard headed male. He takes his sweet time coming into his hero shoes that I felt the romance aspect or the story was never going to happen. Now, other than flashbacks, our hero and heroine won’t fully have their true romance scene until you are half way through with the story. I found this interesting and different then what I’m used to. But I do believe it’s worth the wait, our hero and heroine had to suffer and go through personal growth before they were ready.
When we did get romance, it was really sweet.
“Ye look like an angel when ye sleep.”
“And how do you ken what angels look like when they sleep?”
“I have one in my arms.”
Overall, all loose ends were tied up neatly. The plot resolved and the conclusion was satisfactory. After finishing this story, I found myself thinking about it and wishing there was more to read. I did not want to leave this world the author created. I do recommend reading the previous books in the series, it will make reading this one all the more fun.
*I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*