The Lion of Kent
Squire William Raven has only one goal—to finally receive his spurs and become a knight. When his lord, Sir Robert de Cantilou, returns from a five-year crusade in the Holy Land, William wants nothing more than to impress him.
After Sir Robert's return, noble guests arrive from France, bringing intrigue to the castle. William is oblivious to the politics, as he's distracted...more
"Lion of Kent" covers the youth and first love of William. Part 2, which I'm currently outlining, will deal with his other love, Guy de Metz. And hopefully I'll manage to "bring the herd home" (aka, wrap things up) in a third part.
So, while "De...more
This period of British history has always fascinated me. Knights, squires, Kings and Queens...wonderful.
The story revolves around William Raven, a squire and his Lord Sir Robert de Cantilou. William wants to become a knight but must wait until Sir Robert returns from the Cr...more
I'm a bit torn on how I feel about this one. So, bullet points it is :)
First the good:
*William is delicious and I love him. In fact, all the characters--even the secondary ones--were beautifully shaped, interesting to read about, and distinct individuals. I want to read more about William and Robert both.
*The historical details are masterful. This was a writer who REALLY did his homework and built an immersive world without inundating the reader with details.
*The writing was overall q...more
Let me start by saying that I am a huge fan of Aleksandr Voinov. Consequently I had high expectations for this prequel of Deliverance. I was not disappointed.
William Raven is a squire whose aims to earn his spurs and become a knight. When his lord, Sir Robert de Cantilou, returns after a five-year crusade in the Holy Land, William wants nothing more than to impress him.
Furthermore, Sir Robert announces that his castle will host French noble guests who will be accompanied by his brother,...more
My Review: THE LION OF KENT turned out to be a five chapter...more
I absolutely loved the characters in this one. I first read about Willam Raven in Aleksandr’s short story Deliverance, part of the Forbid...more
Reading historical books is always a challenge and finding one that keeps me interested is not easy. However, The Lion of Kent was anything but boring.
The main character is William, a young man wanting and trying to become a knight of Lord Robert de Cantilou. The story follows him as he grows, fights, becomes a lover and a knight.
The characters of William Raven and Sir Robert and their developing relationship are interesting elaborated and enjoyable to read. The history feels very real. Hot tem...more
There is nothing like that in this book and luckily it is more about romancing squire and landlord in danger then hygiene habits or too much period stuff. The assassination plot put the additional drama, which was solved as quickly as it came to attention.
The verdict was simple. I enjoyed the book quite a lot. I like style of the author. But...more
I wasn't too fascinated with William - he didn't show much character growth or maturity. But I wanted to know more about Robert and his life during the crusade or his days in Constantinople.
I loved the setting - 12th century England. It's one of my favorite periods to read about.
It's not often that a story leaves me stunned, speechless, and scrambling voraciously for more. William and Robert manage it effortlessly, however.
The genre needs more stories of this caliber. Many. Lots. Please? :)
The romance between Robert, a seasoned veteran of the Crusades, and William, a squire desperate to finally earn the spurs of knighthood, is an example of flawless execution.
Set in a historic period renowned for, amongst other things, the high levels of testosterone, Voinov manages ac...more
Of the three stories I read so far by Aleksandr I liked this one best. I liked the historical setting, not to mention the two protagonists. William, a wild boy who wants to earn his spurs, and Robert, who recognizes himself as a young man in William. I found William as someone always reacting before thinking unless he forces himself to calm down and count...more
William has a lot of dichotomy in his character. He sure is cocky for someone who is so aware of his place. Lots of pride and shame in that boy, sometimes a little lacking in common sense. Perhaps rash would be the single best word. He has been...more
I found out after having read the novella that it is a a prequel to Aleksandr Voinov's story Deliverance from the antholog...more
I was very impressed with this novel, not that I went in with low expectations, but I was just pleasantly surprised. It never struggled to be something other than it was, and it excelled at what it did. Plot, characters and writing were all well done.
What I liked
Cover Art. Rarely do I find books in the M/M genre to be enticing, but the knight staring me down on this cover was hot. The cover was telling without being abusively obvious, leaving the reader intrigued and curious...more
Having a reasonable background in the history of the way Western religion changed throughout the Dark and Middle Ages (or Middle and Dark Ages? I forget which way 'round it goes sometimes), I particularly enjoyed the commentary relati...more
While the sex scenes were quite steamy, my primary objection is that the main character was not likable. William was painstakingly portrayed (and half the pain was the reader's embarrassment on his behalf) as a hot-tempered, insolent, and stupid boor. In short, there was nothing to recommend him to his master's fancy, let alone engender the kind of respectful courtship with which Robert wooed him. It would not have been believable, either, for him to have turned suddenly into...more
With 115 pages to count, The Lion of Kent is a good historical romances that is enjoyable and not boring, that allows the reader to appreciate the historical period without being bore...more
The story is set in medieval times - an age full of rough fighting men, buxom wenches, serfs, squires, knights, squabbling monarchs, court intrigue and religious wars. This was all captured brilliantly within the novella and interwoven with a sexy,but surprisingly tender love story between two tough hard men, each a product of his time, one born into nob...more
I love William for his pride, humility, loyalty, devotion, and honor. He is a true Knight in every sense of the word and the epitome of masculine chivalry. His devotion and willingness to lay down his life for his lord and master, Sir Robert is breathtaking.
I thoroughly enjoyed this novella. M...more
So, truth be told I'm not sure how to tell you what I think of this book. It was short, which was quiet disappointing but that was my own fault for not paying better attention...more
Sir Robert returns a differ...more
Will, a squire who is ambitious to earn his knightly spurs, has just learned that his lord is finally returned from the Crusades and Sir Robert ha...more