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The Comrades

4.48 of 5 stars 4.48  ·  rating details  ·  21 ratings  ·  12 reviews
9th century Wales...

Evan, king of Powys, returns from a wedding to find a village ransacked, with women and children dead. Neighboring Gwynedd has broken the peace, crossing the mountain to pillage and murder. The dead babes tear his heart, and Evan vows to break the heart of Gwynedd.

Gwynedd's most guarded treasure is a pampered princess. In a bloody raid, Evan's comrades

Paperback, 464 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Heart Ally Books
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I highly recommend this book!
I never thought I would be so interested in 9Th Century Wales. I could picture detail of scenery from mountains to kingdoms, waterfalls, to bridges. This book brings history of Wales alive with the King of Powys and his 2 cousins & War Brothers. Three fine Welshman Characters That are gorgeous, loyal, honorable and hilarious! Beware of drinking any thing while reading the banter between these men or you may have spittle to clean up! Those are just 3 of many int
Lynne Williams
Oct 10, 2011 Lynne Williams rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
I wrote it, so I liked it!
Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms)
I loved this book. Being recommended on the cover by Diana Gabaldon I still did not expect another Outlander and it is definitely not. The writing is completely different, and it is about ninth century Wales. I can see why she approved of it however, as it is a beautifully written story that has a lot of different twists than others I have read. The best thing I can say about it is that it is a thoroughly enjoyable read. There are not a lot of battles if that is what one likes when reading this ...more
I highly recommend this book! I loved the strong, colorful, and interesting characters. The storyline was captivating and because it was so well written.....I felt like I was there! I really could picture the castle, the scenery and even what everyone was wearing. I also enjoyed the subtle humor. I actually learned a lot about ninth century Wales and did a bit of studying on the side about this time period while reading "Comrades." Again, I highly recommend this book and truly hope there will be ...more
I want more! I want Gareth's and Owen's stories now! I loved the relationship these cousins have and I did not want this book to end.
Nash Nordin
Wow! The Comrades is another book I thought I may not enjoy as I did. I’m guessing that it was because of the cover. I’m the type of person who would judge a book by its cover. But I choose to read The Comrades because the synopsis was very interesting. I was glad that I gave this book a try.

The Comrades got off with a slow start. It was a bit confusing with the introduction of many characters – Evan, Gareth, Owen and more. I had a hard time figuring out who is who at first. But it began to get
Lynne Sears Williams' beautifully told historical romance "The Comrades," carries readers back into Medieval Wales when the post-Roman Kingdoms of Powys and Gwynedd were at odds with each other while contending with ongoing threats from the English and the Norse.

In Williams' 9th century tale, Evan, King of Powys, responds to a nasty cross-border raid from Gwynedd by ordering his commanders to kidnap Gwynedd's princess Morleyna to use as leverage in negotiations with the neighboring kingdom. Care
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However, if you like historicals The Comrades is exceptionally accurate. It makes for a good look into the day to day life of Wales in the 5th Century. The Latin phrases, Church beliefs, and verbiage of the day bring paint to a time far removed from the present. Lynne Williams most definitely has a place amongst those who love detailed history with a great story backed into it for good measure. I caution anyone who is looking for a
I felt this book got off to a slow start, but I'm so glad I persevered because once I got into it I found it hard to put down and I really wanted to know what would happen next.
If you like a romance where the couple get together before the last page, this is one of them, give it a go.
There's a lot in this book you'll want to read and savour slowly: from manly men to wise cats, scenes that make you weep to dialogue that has you bubbling with laughter. Of course, I'm also a sucker for stories set in Wales. The names roll off one's tongue, and the world - the Keep, the crofts, the food and feuds, the hills and heights - are vividly realised.

I'm trying to find a wonderful line to quote, but don't want to throw out phrases out of context. Here's a lovely bit:

"'I admit I made a me
Jeanie Stiles
I really liked this book. It was written so well and was clever and romantic. It has been awhile since I read it and I cannot remember everything but I loved the mystical aspect of it. I loved how the hero stumbled into that other mystical place looking for the heroine. It had such Arthurian legend connotations. In addition, it was set in Wales and I love reading about Wales.

Will re-read again.
I loved this book! It's been a little while since I read it (I forgot to update my Goodreads account) though, so it's hard for me to rate it very precisely.
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Thanks to all who've added this TBR! 2 4 Oct 08, 2011 12:19AM  
I was born on a street that had only ten houses; four kids went to law school. Clearly, the water was contaminated.

In my 2nd year of law school I saw the school 'playboy' carrying a large fantasy novel. I made certain my wedding ring flashed protective bolts of lightning, then spoke with him. How did he find time for 'free reading?' "If I didn't read something that wasn't law, I'd lose my mind." C
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