An Earthly Knight
household of Lady Jeanette Avenel.
The year is 1162. Sixteen-year-old Jenny has always enjoyed her freedom as second daughter of a Norman nobleman in Teviotdale, Scotland. But when Jenny's sister, Isabel, disgraces the family by running away with a dangerous suitor, Jenny is thrust reluctantly into the role of elder daughter. While Jenny wor...more
I fully admit that this is one of my weirder failings. I can watch or read something that's totally outside of my demographic and enjoy it (tinkerbell movie anyone?) but if it's just outside, I'll twiddle my fingers and glare angrily at the story instead of just e ...more
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Unfortunately, the historical aspect falls a little flat. McNaughton has a tendency to get a bit infodump-y. I wasn't familiar with the politics of that time and ...more
Turns out, it was. It was a little heavy on historical facts, but since I enjoy learning about 12th-century life in England, that was fine with me. I had never even heard of the "Tam Lin" ballad, so I certainly had no idea what the plot line of the book was going to be. I read other reviews of people who were disappointed that the plot line stuck so closely t ...more
Based off the ballads Lady Isabel and the Elf Knight and Tam Lin, it is both a mixture of historical fiction and fantasy. Since I have never read either of these ballads, I will not comment on how close An Earthly Knight sticks to them because I have no idea. However, I do recognize many fairy tale elements, like evil fairies and false love, ...more
I find that yes, perhaps the antagonist is too p ...more
The heroine - Jenny - is not as unconventional and rebellious as one would hope (which could be excused give ...more
PROS: This book was about knights, the middle ages, Scotland, and faeries, so those were all things originally going for it :)
I liked the main character, Jenny in the beginning of the book, but not at all during the middle, and while she improved at the end, I ...more
I get SO tired of reading YA fairy-tale books with modern fairies in them. This was much more like what I was raised with. Old-world fairies were scary as shit, man, and this book does a great job of showing that. But at the same time, it wasn't a fairy-tale in that sense. It wasn't about the fairies, it was about Jenny. It didn't become some sensational plot-line full of fairies. It was about this girl who was stuck in an impossible situation. The fact that this situation inv ...more
Plot Summary: The story is set in 1162, in Scotland. Jenny (Lady Jeannette) is the 16 year old second daughter of a minor nobleman. Jenny is vivacious and pretty, but with a temper and honest manner of speaking that does not match the standards of contemporary ladies. When her older sister Isabel falls into social disgrace, it is up to Jenny to make a good match and secure the future of her family. Unfortunately she catches the eye of Earl William, brother to King M ...more
At first I thought it was all 'serious' and down to Earth (historical fiction), but when you find out that Tam is actually involved with fairies it gets a bit mysterious.
I like Jenny and her character. Ever since I met William, I always knew there was something I didn't like about him. I'm glad for a happy ending.
Really...I want to call it 'sweet' but it gives connotations of mushy. Hm. I don't know what to say really, except I'd recommend this.
In addition I enjoyed the first half of the book, but the second half went downhill in chapter seventeen. The couple share some cheesy love talk which results with Jenny's selfish night with Tam Lin. I could of ...more