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Aus ruhmreichen Tagen.

3.96  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,092 Ratings  ·  67 Reviews
Scarred by a past of denial and mistrust, Raine, the Black Dragon, rides toward Castle Rhuddlan and toward a conquest of the castle and its inhabitant--Lady Arianna.
Paperback, 441 pages
Published February 1st 1997 by Fischer (Tb.), Frankfurt (first published 1992)
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What can I say? This book is one of my favorite historical romance, I reread it many times in French, this was my first read in English.

Penelope Williamson weaved her romance with the England/Wales history as well as the Celtic mythology and she really makes you believe that those two were meant to be together.

Raine is the strongest, fiercest knight on the battle field and though he clearly has jerk-ish tendencies deep inside he is the true knight in shinning armor and he found his match in Ari

This would have easily been 5 stars from me, however, I had some troubles... Most of my troubles were literally in reading/understanding. English is not my native language, but I understand it and speak it just fine. First 50% of the book I was tapping my dictionary app like crazy, marking almost every other word. I understand this is a pretty "old" book (HR from 1992.), and I understand words are "old/archaic" here, but seriously, it frustrated me so much I thought I would go crazy. It kille
You guys! Another older favorite of mine is only .99 right now! This is on my keeper shelf, it's a medieval, and only .99! Admittedly, I haven't read it in a few years now so I can't promise it holds up but it is a medieval and it is only .99!

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Penelope Williamson BLOWS ME AWAY! What a gifted and unique talent she has. This was my 2nd novel of hers that I've read, the first being Once In Blue Moon, and I can say with certainty that this author is the "real deal".

In Keeper of the Dream, we are transported into the medieval period. Lords and Ladies, Knights, bards, mystical "Merlins", and unforgettable battles. This is my favorite period, and this book is reminescent of Kingdom of Dreams by Judith McNaught and all medieval books by Juli
Medieval Wales. Castle Rhuddlan is attacked by the English and Lady Arianna is captured along with the castle. Raine, the Black Dragon, is the bastard offspring of the Earl of Chester and a favored knight of King Henry's.

Apparently a well loved book of many romance readers. I liked it. It was fairly typical of the historical romances of the 80's and 90's. This is not a bad thing for me personally. I love many of the romances written during those times. Somehow I missed this one though. But I can
Jan 09, 2011 Princessjay rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
The good: Above-average writing. A good sense of historical setting. I could feel the dirt and smell the grime. The last third of the book settles into something resembles a true loving relationship. --Well, if it were badly written, I would not have felt the urge to at least skim this to the end, and would have been spared much finger-trembling rage. GARH!

The bad: the forcing together of a harsh, autocratic man and a "feisty" woman, in which they have nothing in common aside from all kinds of q
Aug 20, 2008 Misfit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Arianna is the daughter of the Prince of Gwyenedd, who has some power of sight, and who for political reasons is wed to the forbidding knight Raine, the Black Dragon, the illegitimate son of the Earl of Chester. Of course our heroine is stubborn to a fault and of course she hates the Normans who have invaded and plundered Wales, and of course she most especially hates the man she's to marry. While this story contains many of your standard HR plot twists, i.e. stubborn beautiful noblewoman forced ...more
Regan Walker
Enthralling Welsh Medieval Romance!

This is one of the best medieval romances I’ve read but then I’m a fan of Penelope Williamson’s historical romances.

Set in the mid 12th century when England was at war with what would become Wales, and the "marcher lands" were the battleground, it tells of Raine, bastard son of the Earl of Chester, and Ariana, a Welsh woman who becomes part of the conqueror’s spoils.

Raine’s father was a Norman nobleman who treated Raine cruelly (beating him when he asked for a
3.5 stars

This one is a little hard for me to rate. It had moments of greatness and some moments not so great.

The hero is passionate and gentle with the heroine then there is a misunderstanding where the hero thinks the heroine betrayed him in some way; he then becomes hard and cold towards her telling her the only purpose she has is spreading her legs for him and bearing him sons. The hero eventually realizes the truth and becomes soft towards her again though not actually apologizing for it...
Raine and Arianna were quite the pair. He the tortured hero, she the spitfire heroine. There were a few parts in the tale where I thought "ew, Raine, did you have to do that?" because his behavior irked me. But, hey, that happens sometimes with me when the hero is acting like a jerk. And I wanted him to stop it so they could get on with loving each other.

I seriously enjoyed this one. Recommend.
I am not very good at writing reviews unless it's a bad one. LOL. All I can say is that this is a w ell written, well edited historical romance that has a bit of magic, folklore and is certainly an emotional rollercoaster. The characters are very believable and well developed. There is a lot of passion and lust, but also such strong love that was written in the stars.

I liked that the love was not your typical love at first sight deal as in so many romance novels. The love shared in this one was
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A campy mammoth of a medieval romance.

A book you enjoy despite wanting to slap both leads several times.

A fun read from start to finish in all its over-the-top glory.
Nov 09, 2015 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical romance lovers
Raine is the illegitimate son of an English(Norman) earl who is bitter about his place in life. But as a fierce fighter for the king his loyalty has earned him a small castle in Wales where he has to marry the daughter of the Lord, Ariana. She hates him on sight, and he has no love of the idea of being forced to wed, but finally achieving his dream of ownership. As the two battle and spar and fight their attraction, war interrupts their squabbles and Raine has to go and fight for the king. A wel ...more
Sarah Z
Apr 08, 2016 Sarah Z rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is an all time favorite of mine. Might be THE favorite of mine. I read it as a teenager and have continued to read it till this day. I never tire of it. Penelope Williamson is an excellent writer, if you haven't read her books before, please do!

I love Raine. I can see why not everyone does, but he's just so yummy, for lack of a better word. Arianna, is a great heroine, but can definitely be a pain in the butt some times. I still love her though. A lot of people complain about the rape
Too much of a bodice-ripper for me. Marital rape was followed all too soon by love struck heroine's adoration of the hero. I gave the novel up completely after hero's gory account of his slaying of h's kinsman, which seemed like an aphrodisiac for both to jump and hump one another. I just realised why I prefer Regency to Medieval HR. I think the latter period is too brutal for my delicate self.
Dec 31, 2015 Beewhisperer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oooh! I read this book for the first time when I was 15 years old. And Jesus, did I love it!!! I transported me, made me long for the love they shared and made me want to buy a ferret. I re-read it a couple of times since and still like it very much. I don't, know it just seems deeper than many other historical romances I've ever read.
Sep 29, 2015 Lorka rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read so many reviews complaining about rape... So I didn't really know what to expect as I started reading it. But as I got half-way thru the book, I realized the 'rape' was more a matter of a stubborn hostage bride was not wanting to consummate the marriage. She was such a witch, she should have considered herself lucky that she didn't get beat actually. I think it was written historically correct for that time period, so it was not a irritant for me. What did irritate me though was how wishy ...more
I am really divided in my opinions about the book and I wasn't sure what rating to give the book. The story takes place during medieval times and like in most romances the main characters meet during siege of castle or any other war relating events. In this case the hero takes control over the keep of the heroine. The hero is the ineligible son of rich lord who always wanted to own place which he can call home. He is hired in his brother's army and everything that is win in a battle is going to ...more
Sandra K. Musselwhite
Love story Extraordinaire

Boy, did I love this book. I actually felt sick at the end from my nerves and fear of the outcome. So many romance novels are poorly imagined. Very superficial and less about the history or excitement of adventure. Although this is a story of a man and a woman and a bit of the same politics as Romeo and Juliet, it remained fascinating, and tense and thoroughly absorbing throughout. I was even tempted to give it five stars and did not do so because I do feel other genre d
4.5 stars. I read this one quite quickly! Very well done, although the love triangle was a little overplayed by the end.
♥ Vonda M. Reid ♥
Overall Rating: 4.50 // Action: 3.5 / Emotion: 5 / Romance: 3.75 / Sensuous: 2 / Suspense: 4 // Medieval Flavor: 4.75 / Laughter: 9 / Tears: 7 (+ 2)

To summarize, Keeper of the Dream by Penelope Williamson is a wonderfully well-written novel that would readily recommend to any lover of Historical Romance books, particularly those fascinated by the Welsh people and their long history of believing in magic and love everlasting. It features: {1} Raine, one of the most strong, determined, adversity
Jun 01, 2011 Jessica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didn-t-finish
First of all, don't pay the kindle 20.99 price for this book. I looked it up, saw the astronomical price, and rented it from the library. Boy, am I glad I did. I didn't end up finishing this book, and I'm less than a hundred pages out. I cared that little about the characters within.

The male was a typical alpha hero that ran around beating his chest, and the female was the typical "strong" heroine that ran around after her alpha hero. There were some stupid misunderstandings, and they both love
Overblown, repetitive, aggravating are my adjectives for this novel. I stopped caring a bit past halfway for the hero and heroine, who seemed to be locked into an unproductive if not destructive pattern of push and pull. This story is the Romance version of Smart Women, Stupid Choices. Honestly, I couldn't understand why the author felt it necessary to have not only one Big Misunderstanding, not 2, not, 3 or 4 but no less than 7 Big Misunderstandings. And I lost count so there may be more.

I wrot
Rachel Hollis
A Kingdom of Dreams is one of my favorite books which is why I liked this so much. It's a really similar plot line and a story that keeps them enemies almost the whole book. I love the angst of two people who should hate each other but fall in love against their will. Definitely a good one for those of you who like medieval romance like I do.
Lexi Wings
I had die and gone to heaven. This book is my soulmate and for the rest of my life, I will cherish it, I will eat its pages; slowly word by word. As well will hug and kiss it, because I’m no longer a human reading a book; I’m a character inside a beautiful, heartspining, and utterly unforgettable romance novel. I’m in love.
Feb 08, 2013 Leya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-book
This was my first time reading Keeper of the Dream and also the first time reading the author Pamela Williamson. But from what I understand this book is considered quite a romance classic is certain circles. When it was chosen to be our chat book in one of the reading groups I belong to, I was really looking forward to experiencing the whole hoopla.

First of all, I found the book way too long. And there's a reason for that: it's repetative! And it also has a lot of flowery terms that go on foreve
Feb 13, 2016 Debbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
omg wonderful story

What a wonderful story. Love it so emotional yet funny at times. It had everything. Romance adventure hot romance, 5 stars!! It's been along time since I've read a book that has moved me so.
Shabby Girl ~ aka Lady Victoria
This is the first book I've read of Penelope Williamson. As in all my reviews, I'm not going to summarise the story as Goodreads has a summary at the top of other readers have done it also. So I'll just go with my thoughts of the book.

It was kind of the weirdest book I've read from the point of view that I thought it was a serious, deep book, then it veered into silliness and then back and it kept doing that right through the book. Not really quite sure what to think of it in the end. It was goo
Dec 15, 2014 Nova rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hr
The best thing about the book is Taliespin the squire aka wizard..he's funny, loyal, always there when you need him and smart mouth.
This is an earlier book by PW. I liked it OK. The writing was great and the characters and storyline were interesting. I just found myself skipping chunks of writing and in no hurry to get back to the book. It is a story set in the middle ages(?) and involving lots of fighting and royal drama as well as a romance between two unlikely characters who fall in love relunctantly, against all odds and, realize that they were always meant to be. Magic plays a key role and made the story a bit more inte ...more
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Penelope Williamson is an internationally renowned author of historical romance and suspense. Penelope Williamson was born in Fairbanks, Alaska, and spent the first eleven years of her life as an US Air Force brat. She has a B.A. in history, an M.A. in broadcast journalism, and was in the U.S. Marine Corps for six years, where she reached the rank of Captain. She has more than 1.8 million books in ...more
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