Rebel Warrior (Medieval Warriors #3)
“Master storytelling transports you to medieval Scotland!” Paula Quinn, NY Times Bestselling Author
When your destiny lies far from where you began …
The Norman Conqueror robbed Steinar of Talisand of his noble father and his lands, forcing him to flee to Scotland while still recovering from a devastating wound. At the royal court, Steinar becomes scribe to the unlettered King of Scots while secretly regaining his skill with a sword.
The first time Steinar glimpses the flame-haired maiden, Catrìona of the Vale of Leven, he is drawn to her spirited beauty. She does not fit among the ladies who serve the devout queen. Not pious, not obedient and not given to stitchery, the firebrand flies a falcon! Though Catrìona captures Steinar’s attention, he is only a scribe and she is promised to another.
Catrìona has come to Malcolm’s court wounded in spirit from the vicious attack on her home by Northmen who slayed her parents and her people. But that is not all she will suffer. The man she thought to wed will soon betray her.
When all is lost, what hope is there for love? Can a broken heart be mended? Can a damaged soul be healed?
There was definitely action and adventure in the Medieval times and this story embodied that. It was full of action, battles, and love. The love story was sweet and endeared me to all of the characters. Each have their love story to tell and their heartbreak to get through. The heartbreak was never too far and it had me tearing up from time to time. Especially in the beginning. The author sure does know where to hit you with the emotions, which seem to strike from the page as the story progresses.
Steinar and Catrìona take a while to come the realization that they love each other. It was an instant attraction kind of love, but it grew as they spend time in each others’ company. It seemed that it was a doomed love as the King of Scots has the say on whom they should marry. It was a constant worry for me, because I didn’t want them to suffer the unfairness that their world gave them. I knew there would be an HEA, but the anxiety for the characters was forefront in my mind. Part of the tease, was Catrìona’s trust issues towards men, because of the swine she was betrothed to.
However, it was inner monologue like this, that made me sigh at the romantic aspect of it all.
“She watched him go through the door. He takes my heart with him.”
If not the chivalry that is prevalent in the Medieval times, it’s the romantic sigh worthy words and actions.
Since this is book three in the Medieval Warriors series, it can be read as a standalone. But I highly recommend reading the others, just because of the world in which the author introduces the reader to. The research is well done and it feels like the reader is there on the battle field or in the towns interacting with the characters. Who all seem to have a life of their own.
“He was only a scribe, a rebel warrior who had been exiled from his country, but she could not want a better man.”
*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review*