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When Avicia, a Norman noblewoman, makes a careless but costly mistake with a prized falcon, the brutal punishment nearly claims her life. Her Saxon lover, Edric of Newington, witnesses her ordeal but cannot share her fate. Another destiny awaits him in England, and the prospect of a loveless marriage. Swept away in the arms of another, Avicia ente
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Published September 15th 2010 by Yarde, Lisa J. (first published June 20th 2010)
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Anita
Nov 16, 2015 Anita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Set in Lille in 11th century Flanders, the story opens with a dramatic scene of a public whipping, meted out to Avicia, a Normal noblewoman as punishment for the killing of a pet merlin belonging to her mistress. Edric of Newington, a saxon warrior and the man she loves, witnesses the punishment but is powerless to prevent it.

Orphaned young, Avicia was raised by her uncle, Count Roland and his wife, Countess Gisele, securing a position for her as Lady Matilda’s attendant. Fearing she may never s
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Chloe
Sep 03, 2011 Chloe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story was good enough to keep me reading it and it was interesting, but it needed a little editing and the premise of these people loving each other despite only having met a few times over decades seems a little flimsy. But that's romance novels for you. Fortunately, the historical aspect of this book was more of the main event and the romance-bit wasn't overdone...most of the time, at least. ;p
I would rate it somewhere between okay and good.
Catelyn
Oct 08, 2010 Catelyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was a great book. I didn't want to put it down. Had just enough sorrow and loss but also happiness to make you want to finish it and see what does happen between Edric and Avicia.

A great non-stop read for teens.I definitely recommend it.
Wendy Laharnar
Aug 19, 2011 Wendy Laharnar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this historical novel set in 1066. It was fascinating to be trasported to an era I had often wondered about.

Set in dangerous times preceding the Battle of Hastings, On Falcon’s Wings is the ardent story of forbidden love between a Norman noblewoman and a Saxon Lord. Avicia and Edric know their love is impossible, but circumstances dictated by the fate of kings thrust them together and wrench them apart.

Avicia, wife of a knight under William, Duke of Normandy, accepts a hasty marriage, bu
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Sabrina
Nov 02, 2011 Sabrina rated it it was ok
This book seemed unfocused to me . . there was so much going on.

I was suppose to rally for the HEA of the main characters, but I just didn't feel the connection between the two. What made their love so special?

And then Phillipe, my hero Phillipe, turns out to be what?! Not good enough - how did that happen? That was sad and, honestly, a cop-out way of justifying the relationship between the two main characters. If it needed to happen, then the author should have taken us through it rather than
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Kristina Emmons
Jul 02, 2011 Kristina Emmons rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved On Falcon's Wings. The author's debut novel is filled with all the good stuff that makes for an impressive read: suspense, love, conflict, beautiful descriptive (gripping) writing, and the added bonus of being set in ancient England. Apart from learning so much about the period I found myself quite attached to Edric and Avicia, the main characters, who must endure aching decades apart from one another due to various circumstances. The novel is woven through true historical events, which ...more
Rosalie
Liked the history in it. Didn't know that much about how William the Conqueror became the Conqueror and where he came from.
Carol
I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway. It was an enjoyable read although I did find it hard to keep track of all the characters. Some names were similar or just complicated. I appreciated the guide at the front of the book that listed the characters and their relationships.
Because of the variety of characters, I found I enjoyed the book more when I could read and be focused for a block of time. If I left the book for long (the holidays did it!), I had to become reacquainted with the chara
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Marilyn
I just finished On Falcon's Wings by Lisa J. Yarde. The time span covers almost twenty five years leading up to and including the Norman Conquest and it subsequent aftermath concerning both Norman and Saxon families. Excellent research done by this new author.
Katie
Dec 23, 2011 Katie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
While the historical aspects of the book was intriguing, I skipped over large portions of the book because of the sexual content. The hero and the heroine are forced to marry different people and their love life is explain in shocking detail - as well as their affair while the two were married.

I never enjoy giving a bad review, but I can not recommend this book.
Kristina
Dec 13, 2010 Kristina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must-read! The author is an amazing word smith, and through the complicated storyline she was adept at keeping my interest piqued and the plot clear. I adored the two main characters and their enduring love through the years during the Norman Conquest in England.
Heather Domin
A romance spanning the course of decades, filled with sensual descriptions, attention to historical detail, and a very satisfying ending. I'll be reviewing this one in my blog, so for here I'll say, I enjoyed it!
Michelle Gregory
I'm not a fan of complex historical novels, but from the very first scene, Lisa Yarde pulls you into the lives of Avicia and Edric, making you want to know if true love will win out in the end.
Djenii
Oct 16, 2011 Djenii rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Sierra Randall
Jun 11, 2012 Sierra Randall rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Stupid.
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Lisa J. Yarde writes fiction inspired by the Middle Ages in Europe. She is the author of two historical novels set in medieval England and Normandy, On Falcon’s Wings, featuring a star-crossed romance between Norman and Saxon lovers before the Battle of Hastings in 1066 and The Burning Candle, based on the life of one of the first countesses of Leicester and Surrey, Isabel de Vermandois. Lisa has ...more
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