What is with this cover art?? It totally misrepresents a book that is thoroughly gripping to read, relatively historically accurate, and actually pretWhat is with this cover art?? It totally misrepresents a book that is thoroughly gripping to read, relatively historically accurate, and actually pretty gruesome.
Just to make it clear, there are no harem pants and crop tops to be found here.
Meanwhile, another reviewer totally pegged this accurately as a "bromance," not a romance as the cover implies.
No lie, though, but between the political intrigue and the machinations of medieval warfare, it was downright touching in places!
Ah, and thankfully so much easier to read than Beauvallet.
Of all the Heyer reads that ought to be made into movies, this one stands high on the list for its epic scope and compelling story telling....more
Well, pooh. Not nearly as good as These Old Shades.
I'm not a fan of books that feature previous hero/heroines in later years or smaller roles. It jusWell, pooh. Not nearly as good as These Old Shades.
I'm not a fan of books that feature previous hero/heroines in later years or smaller roles. It just depresses me, somehow (possible exception is the Anne of Green Gables series), though this wasn't too horrible in that respect.
But it was more than that-- it kind of irritated me that Vidal's parents let him be such a rotten punk. He never achieves any respect and even in the end, is clearly inferior to his father (both good and bad). Sadly, it's obvious that he's just trying to win his dad's approval by being like him, but he lacks all the finesse. He's truly a wild, spoiled, boy, just as Mary says, and really not that great of a catch.
Edit- now that I've read Beauvallet, I realize that I wanted Vidal to have more of that kind of confidence....more
Since this one is set in the mid 1400's, not Heyer's typical 1700-1800's, it's a bit tricky to navigate (haha) at first.
She unmercifully plunges (I swSince this one is set in the mid 1400's, not Heyer's typical 1700-1800's, it's a bit tricky to navigate (haha) at first.
She unmercifully plunges (I swear I'm not punning on purpose) you straight into the 15th century, not just with dialogue, but the story-telling itself. The grammar is rearranged, there's antiquated words and phrases, not to mention the new slang to deal with, unfamiliar clothes and customs, and of course all the seafaring lingo. It's hard!
Once again, thank goodness for e-reading with a built in dictionary, because just in the second sentence is the phrase, "a welter of broken mizzen," which is basically a confused jumble mast and/or sail.
Later you find out that this is the era of Elizabeth I, Sir Francis Drake, Sir Walter Raleigh, and the Spanish Inquisition, but I don't have much experience reading from this period to lend reference. What ended up helping the most, actually, was thinking of it along the lines of Shakespeare. Not exactly accurate, but much better.
And true to form, Heyer writes so much personality into even the most minor characters. What boggles my mind, is how very individual they are, even amongst her many, many books. And the stories, too, for the most part (I'm looking at you, Black Sheep and Lady of Quality), never fail to be a wholly original experience. AND THEN, they're entertaining to boot! It's incredible! Georgette Heyer is fast rising to genius status in my eyes.
Anyway, the point is, this is as close to a "heaving bosom" romance as I've seen her get (maybe mentioned once in reference to fear and seriously that is as racy as it gets), but reading it felt like a mix of The Princess Bride and Robin Hood, so very much swash-buckling instead!...more