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Above the Wind and Fire

3.25 of 5 stars 3.25  ·  rating details  ·  12 ratings  ·  2 reviews
Escaping the conquering Normans when they confiscated her father's estate and imprisoned him, Aylsaun fled through the barren English countryside with only a faithful old family retainer to protect her. He stole to feed her, fought for her against the rapacious Normans; but when he died at their hands, to whom could Aylsaun t
Paperback, 460 pages
Published July 1st 1983 by Warner Books (NY)
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This book really had me hooked for the first 2/3rds - we're talking 5 star material - and then the author messed it up.

It's 1069 and Lady Alysaun Meau is about to be bartered off to nice and dull Kyrre Magnusson. This future is wiped off the map when the Normans swoop down and seize her father's manor, imprisoning him. Alysaun doesn't stick around, fleeing with a family retainer and living a precarious hand-to-mouth life on the road. A chance encounter with a traveling troubadour, Brand de Rayna
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The author has some exquisite vocabulary at times, and paints a very high level of realism into her work. At times I fell in love with the characters and *some* parts of the story. However, large portions of the story, especially the last 1/3 are repugnant, and this book is filled with huge amounts unrealistically negative portrayals of men as a gender. If it were not for the loathsome last 1/3 of the book, I might have been able to recommend it. Unfortunately, the author's talent was wasted wit ...more
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