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Lord of the Shadows

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1215 A.D.: The reign of King John means dark days for all of England. Not one man, woman or child lived without fear.

Magnifying this fear is the man they call The Lord of the Shadows - a terrifying figure who sits at the right hand of the King, manipulating the royal moves like a puppet master. The Lord of the Shadows has been known to tear men apart with his bare hands an
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Kindle Edition, new, updated edition, 208 pages
Published September 2nd 2012 by Dragonblade Publishing (first published February 19th 2011)
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Misfit
Edit 5/29 to add some quotes and hopefully clean the review up a bit. Apologies for tl;dr
Second edit 5/30. Correct typos, additional clarification on historical accuracy after visiting author's website.

Full disclosures:
1) I own a copy of this, purchased in a boxed set Magnificent Medieval Men: A Medieval Romance Boxed Set.
2) I am posting this review on my private profile. It is my intention to only to share this review with my Goodreads friends. If I had the option to mark this for friends only,
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Val ⚓️ Shameless,  Bitchy & Skanky ⚓️ Mrs. ClayDanvers/RemingtonTate
2.75 Stars

This reminded me a lot of some classic Virginia Henley I read years and years ago. English monarchy, court cruelty, and political intrigue abound in this book.

It was an entertaining enough read, although I would have preferred a bit more "interaction" between the H and the h as the story progressed. I don't think this author will become a go-to for me for historicals by any means, but I can definitely see myself reading more from her in the future.
Sissy's Romance Book Review For You
Lady Sheridan St. James has taken over for her father that has died. Sheridan has to also try to keep and eye or her sister who thinks she falls in love with every man that she sees. On one of her sister's heartbreak fits..she tries to jump out the widow. Sir Sean de Lara known as the 'The Lord of the Shadows' happens to see the sister as she is trying to jump. He also gets a look at Sheridan and finds he likes her looks. Sean catches the sister and meets Sheridan. They are both drawn to each ot ...more
Yui
Story about the oppressive, debauchery reign of King John which lead to the signing of Magna Carta. Most ofthe characters are real-life historical figures like the Earl of Pemberly, Joceline, and of course the King. Promising enough however,
Lord of the shadows started out pretty-well. I though at first the prose was beautiful and because I've been aticipating it for a whole week, I started reading out loud the first couple of pages. In truth, I am obtuse enough that I may not have noticed what f
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Kelly_Instalove
Grade: C-

Like the allure of a good beheading, it was pure entertainment.


OK, I will admit I was wrong. I WAS WRONG. During the first read, this seemed pretty dreadful, and I even tweeted some snotty things about it.

But after finishing this, I read By Royal Command, aka Death By Thesaurus. And then I read a certain gay BDSM mistorical that will forever be the definition of "dreadful."

So I upgraded Lord of the Shadows from a D+ to a C-. I can’t really recommend it, but it’s a helluva lot better t
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Carolyn
May 19, 2014 Carolyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: leveque-kathryn
Second book in the Magnificent Medieval Men boxed set.

My first Kathryn Le Veque book. WOW!!!! It was simply amazing! I'm floored! And, I'm off to Amazon to get as many of her books as I can afford right now. Sheesh! I can't believe I have never read anything by this talented author before. But, I will furiously be making up for lost time. ;)
1CheekyLass
Aug 06, 2014 1CheekyLass rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Medieval Romance Lovers, Great Love Stories
Audio Version: Story - 5, Narration - 5

This was a fantastic story! I must admit, it took me about 30 minutes to completely get into it but once I did, I was hooked. I listened in less than a day. I absolutely loved the chemistry between the hero and heroine. Their love is so beautiful and though it progresses quickly it is genuine. Sean de Lara is a most gallant and honorable hero, one to go down in history IMO. There’s much more to him than meets the eye. Sheridan is a marvelous heroine, smart,
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Petula
Jul 27, 2016 Petula rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
***** For some reason the stars won't work for me from my blackberry so I will just say I give it 5 stars. Yet another great book from Kathryn Le Veque. I have read a few of hers now,and no matter which one I have picked I enjoyed it. The history is so well written the characters grab you right away. If real history books in school were like this I for one would have paid much more attention. The romance is exciting and fun. The story in this one shows that sometimes you have to give everything ...more
Eileen Dandashi
Jan 29, 2015 Eileen Dandashi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This audiobook review comes with a warning label: If you’re a person who doesn’t like to smudge your mascara, dislike dark, edgy suspense, disapprove of the mayhem and wildness of the Medieval period in England, and hate crying buckets of tears chapter after chapter, I suggest you forego listening to this book.

This is the second book I’ve read by author Kathryn Le Veque and was excited to be able to listen to the narration, produced by Brad Wills. Both book and narration are over the top. Truly,
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Dianna Richards
Jan 11, 2015 Dianna Richards rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a very well written story, with a lot of history and a lot of action involved in it. Dealing with the reign of John II of England, best known as the tyrant from the Robin Hood stories, and period leading up to the Seige of London in 1215, Lord of the Shadows ends with the signing of the document that would come to be known as the Magna Carta. Le Veque even uses that name in the story, although the document in question did not gain the name until it's second revision, in 1217, and then i ...more
Lisa C.
Aug 30, 2014 Lisa C. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: very-good
I've read quite a few books by Le Veque. This story is very typical of her writing. She draws the reader in to the story, has outstanding historical research and the plots are a bit different than the norm. (At least the books of hers I've read.)

This has a terribly wicked hero who is absolutely not what he appears to be. The heroine needed a little more development I felt. She was supposed to be strong and intelligent, atypical for women of the day, but she came off as flighty.

Sean was larger th
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Jayne dArcy
Aug 23, 2014 Jayne dArcy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read as part of the boxed set: Magnificent Medieval Men

I began my original quest of romance as opposed to smut and my search led me to authoress LeVeque. I have already read one story of hers, and looked forward to this one; I was not disappointed.

The Lord of Shadows is a knight of fearsome reputation and even the king he protects is wary of his knight, Sean de Lara. Sean does not like what he has had to do as a spy but much like my beloved Severus Snape, there is more to Sean than a past of sc
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Dennis Hinton
Apr 20, 2016 Dennis Hinton rated it it was amazing
A Roller Coaster of a Ride

Surprisingly I stumbled upon this incredible story not through Kathryn's website. But am so happy to have done so no matter the convoluted route I took to discover it... In fact convoluted is a term just as applicable to the storyline. Try to read this where you will not be distracted. There are many references and clues interspersed so subtlety that I would without reservation qualify this among the top three(3) Le Veque books ever published (out of the several dozen f
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Kathy Brickert
Jul 07, 2016 Kathy Brickert rated it really liked it
Very captivating!

This was. An exciting book but somehow difficult to get into. I think it is so heavy on the historical aspects that it's hard to follow the characters. And six months of silence? I would not be speaking to the man! Good to see the De Lara name and hear more of their story.
TJ
Nov 21, 2014 TJ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5/5.0

LOVED this one! The twist and turns are never guessable. Every time you think you know which way the story is headed, it surprises! The romance does feel a bit unrealistically over the top but hey, that's part of what makes it so fun - especially against the dark, brutal side of the historical aspects.
una belanger
Sep 05, 2015 una belanger rated it it was amazing
Love this auther

I loved this story. In fact I love this author....every book I have read of hers I have laughed and cried. I would buy anything she writes. I am a big fan thank so much for the wonderful stories.
marilyn james
May 03, 2014 marilyn james rated it it was amazing
Best ever

simply put....this is one of the best knights book ever written! this book takes your emotions to so many different levels! My all time favorite is Sean. I just love this guy!
Liloshadow (ReNee)
I stayed up till 2 a.m. to finish this baby! It was well worth the drag of the next day. ;) This is the 3rd book by this author I've read and once again I throughly enjoyed it. I like how all of the heroes in her books are all giant men. I just wish if they all got together the author told us who was the biggest. Yes, these are the things I think about when I read! I also would have liked if the hero talked more about his family and how he become the feared "Shadow". His brother Kevin and Father ...more
Jennifer
Jul 25, 2016 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Really good book!

I love the fact that Kathryn Le Veque's stories are not "run of the mill". Great reads! Quick but well worth my time.
Mariana
May 25, 2014 Mariana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-historical, ex, mf
Lord of Shadows is very well written. I really enjoyed Sheridan and Sean's characters and how well the author tied into the history of the times.
Barbara Literski
May 30, 2016 Barbara Literski rated it it was amazing
Greater

I Enjoyed this book!! Sean and Sheridan are two people that are on different sides in the war between John and Barons
Kati
Dec 15, 2014 Kati rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
Jo Notary
Feb 15, 2016 Jo Notary marked it as to-read
377kb, Medieval Romance, 1215AD
Anabela Jesus
Jan 24, 2015 Anabela Jesus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it,loved it,loved it!!!!
Martha
For me that was a 3.5Stars! And i would definitely recomend these Book!
I have read the many Kritiks about it's historical accuracy (or lack of it!) - I'm no expert but i liked the Plot very much and think that the mention of the Heroine skirts by her medical traetment would not have been of any good ......
It was a solid, nice written Story.
Sarah
Dec 30, 2013 Sarah rated it it was amazing
You can't go wrong with a Le Veque novel!

I'm into my fourth novel by this author and they have all been wonderful. if you like adventure, history and love stories you will love this novel.
Jeri Hoag
Mar 03, 2011 Jeri Hoag rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was so much fun. It grabbed you from the first page. The history is mixed with fact in fiction produces and exciting story. You can't help but adore the characters. It is totally action packed with a wonderful romance.Its a great fun read.
Mcvane
(Part of @Dhympna's little reading club.)
Susana
Dec 15, 2014 Susana rated it really liked it
Love Sean de Lara! Fantastic story.
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