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Shadow Music by Julie Garwood
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Aug 16, 10

Read in August, 2010

Shadow Music takes us back to the Medieval times where fierce warriors and protectors reside along with perilous foes. Different times, different kinds of people who are less civilized but more adventurous -all elements that make for an exciting read. While some parts were that, many other parts did not hold my attention.

The idea and people of the story were very likable. Princess Gabrielle of St. Biel is the heroine of the story. She is strong, smart, independent, and beautiful. A true catch, whose beauty and title makes her a target for greedy and dangerous men, namely Baron Percy and Baron Coswold. Among other worries, on the journey to her wedding, Gabrielle must kill a man to save another, in which a war ensues. As the story unfold with a failed murder attempt, another murder and scandal serve to jeopardize Gabrielle's reputation, future and life. Gabrielle finds protection in the land, name, and eventually love of Colm MacHugh, a highland warrior. His fierceness and ruthlessness both intimidate and intrigue her. He is also the hero of the story.

These should all make for a good solid, perhaps predictable read. However, as I was reading it I felt something was missing. A slow beginning, and lackluster middle and end that did not seem to go anywhere. Despite the idea of Gabrielle, a brave princess, and Colm, the avenging warrior, they did not connect as a couple. There was a main plot (finding the people responsible for plotting Liam's murder and his rescuers), and many sub-plots (treasure of St. Biel and wars between the clans) that were all interrelated so that no one central plot stood out.

Connecting the relationships between people and the plots would strengthen the story. Though, the relationship between Gabrielle and her guards, who are more like her brothers was definitely a plus. It was still a good read about medieval times and their kinds, and lairs.
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