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Spring's Fury (The Graistan Chronicles #3)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  1,011 Ratings  ·  74 Reviews
Nicola of Ashby stages a daring escape to avoid marrying the man who killed her father. To no avail. Even trained to the sword, she cannot elude marriage to this knight who is as much her match as her mate.

Until Gilliam FitzHenry besieged Ashby and claimed it as his own, he had no hope of home and family. Now, Nicola's home and hand are his, but if he is to ever own her he
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published by Steel Magnolia Press (first published April 1st 1995)
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Regan Walker
Oct 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: medieval
Rich in Medieval Detail and an Exciting Story!

Set in 1194, this is the story of Nicola of Ashby, a tall warrior woman, and Gilliam FitzHenry, brother to Rannulf, Lord Graistan. The story opens as Gilliam is assaulting Ashby manor and kills Nicola’s father, calling him traitor. There is obviously a prior history between the characters and prior events have taken place; hence I recommend you read these books in order (this is the 3rd book in the Graistan Chronicles, series list below).

Gilliam inte
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lady Nicola of Ashby is as far from a damsel in distress as I've seen written in historical romance fiction. She is tall of stature, strong and aggressive in her physicality, cunning, and well-trained. Indulged by her father, she had avoided marriage to the ripe old age of 17. Her father is killed in a siege, and Nicola finds she must marry the knight who slayed him.

Gilliam, as the youngest of four sons of a landed lord, never had expectations of property. After the siege where he saved his bro
Feb 22, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
For the time being I am giving this book a DNF. I simply could not get past the heroine. She acted like a feral animal, with no care or concern for the people she injured and killed. Yes, killed. Further, to get out of a marriage with the hero, she decided to marry a man (whom she'd previously rejected) because she thought she could manage him far more easily. And then kill him. It was just too over the top for me, and after about of the way through, I couldn't force myself to go on. So, I will ...more
Jun 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I purchased this as a boxed set of 5 novels for my Kindle. I'm glad I did, Denise Domning is a new author for me and weaves an interesting tale with believable characters and plots. The setting for each is the 12th century which, to me, is interesting as well. I enjoy historic fiction and don't really have a favorite "place in time" as long as the plot is believable.

The pace is good and moves with a comfortable flow. The challenge to many novels with a conflict between the main characters would
♥ Vonda M. Reid ♥
Overall Rating: 3.85 // Action: 3.75 / Emotion: 4 / Romance: 4.5 / Sensuous: 2 / Intrigue: 3 / Medieval Flavor: 5 / Humor: 8 / Tears: 0

Spring's Fury , Denise Domning's third book in her five-book series, The Graistan Chronicles, is another adventure in true medieval-flavored reading. Although the book can easily be read as a stand-alone book, Spring's Fury features a hero and heroine that were introduced in book one of the series, Winter's Heat . Would recommend reading at least the first bo
†Ðawn†  has reading burn-out.
No stars. Did not finish. Boring. Not my thing.
Frances Shellings
Its a battle on every page!

How can she marry him after what he has done? Who wants a woman so independent anyway? How can she escape? With her will strong and her pride fierce Nicola will do anything to keep what is hers. And having trained like a soldier since childhood she is capable. But one man is set to make her his own. Will her plan work to get away? Is her plan a good one? Or is she jumping from the pot into the fire? On the day of her forced wedding all is revealed. Those trusted betray
Spring's Fury was unexpectedly good. Denise Domning really did her homework on the medieval period. Not having read the previous Graistan Chronicles, I wasn't sure what to expect. With an unwilling bride and a determined claimant, I was bracing myself for my least favorite expression of the romance genre, marital rape. But no! Then, I was expecting a variant of The Taming of the Shrew (not a favorite either). But no! There are plot twists which lead to an unconventional but believable Happy Ever ...more
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: medieval
Obstinate, intelligent warrior woman, who was raised as a son believed no man should own her, fighting tooth & nail for freedom, causing all who try to control her to rue the day.
An extra son, given the chance to own property, finds ways to manage all manner of hellion beasts. This fierce giant facing his greatest challenge draws out his squeamish squire while earning his reluctant wife's respect, yet he may still loose her.
Love the characters, the conflict, the banter, the village life, hu
Jun 01, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
I....give up. I can't get into this book. I've tried. I've fallen asleep sitting up already. Nicola is a very angry girl. Or maybe beyond angry. I'm not sure where she is on the scale. Scathing mad, perhaps?

The synopsis sounded better than the actual book, in my opinion. I've tried another book by Ms. Domning and I just don't think I'm in her "target audience." So I'm going to try another someone else.
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! Said all I had to say in my review of the series under the Autumn book. Super great read!
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love it!

Extremely good read, although Nicola could and did drive me mad! Only Gilliam could master and gentle such a hellion. The story moved smoothly and the characters enchanting. Ms. Donning wonderful writer who uses her writing skills which brings laughter, sadness, sensuality etc. Which brings her characters to life.
Ana T.
Feb 19, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As you can see I couldn't resist this one either...

Nicola of Ashby, unusually tall and strong for a woman, was allowed by her father to train with a sword. Not that John of Ashby ever intended to make his daughter into a woman-warrior. For him it was a way to coddle a beloved child. For Nicola it was the means by which she intends to take and hold her home as its lord. But all her training and skill doesn't help her when her father falls beneath the blade of Gilliam FitzHenry. Instead, she watch
Elis Madison
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In the first book in this series, Winter's Heat, Nicola of Ashby saw her father killed by Gillam FitzHenry, who also fired her father's village and killed many of her friends. Against her will, she's been taken into the "guardianship" of Gillam's brother, Rannulf of Graistan, and she's been literally locked in the store room at the Graistan keep for five months. Now, Rannulf intends to give Ashby to Gillam—since Nicola is her father's heiress, this means Rannulf expects her to marry
Dec 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
This medieval romance kept me on the edge of my seat. Nicola is the six foot tall, fiery daughter of John of Ashby, who rebelled against his liege lord, Rannulf of Graistan, and was killed by Rannulf’s brother, Gilliam FitzHenry. Nicola has been kept locked up since her father was murdered, and now her father’s murderer plans to make her his wife so he can have all of Ashby as his own. Determined to keep him from soiling her father’s name, she uses a friend to make an alliance with another lord ...more
Nov 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Series is still pretty solid, and I like this one just about as much as I did the first (so definitely better than the second)

I still prefer the sex scenes way steamier, but hey, take what you can get. I liked the relationship between the two main characters better than the last book by quite a bit. I do like that this book was more focused on the day to day medieval manor life than the actual conflict with the baddy.

It would be best to read the first book in the series (Winter's Heat will give
Nov 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Please, I beg you, do not let the ridiculous cover or the threat of cheesy romance deter you from reading this book because DAMN, it is everything. From the get-go, Nicola is a force to be reckoned with. But unlike so many historical fiction "chick lit" books, there's a painful realism to the emotions of her, and all the other characters we meet really. She's someone you'll laugh with, laugh at, cry for, cry over, and eventually come to love because she's human. And that said, her husband's defi ...more
Janet Lane
Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Since I'm not a fan of dominator heroes and captive heroines, the first chapters were a challenge. I found the later chapters ample reward for my patience, though, and arrived at the final pages as a new fan of this author's writing.

She's a master at setting, and her research is thorough. I also admired her characterization. While some of the heroine's early actions were impulsive and selfish, it helps to remember her age. Just as she came to realize her friend's flaws throughout the novel, so
Michelle Lynn
Gilliam was one of my favorite character's from Winter's Heat, so I feel a lot of pity for him being stuck with Nicola (or is her name Colette!? It goes back and forth and it's never explained), who is a total drag. As other's have said, it's a challenge to portray strong female characters in a realistic way in a medieval setting--but it's not impossible. I highly doubt the villagers would be welcoming of Nicola, especially after she essentially got a bunch of them killed prior to the novel--the ...more
Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
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A traitor had no right to an honorable demise.
"John of Ashby"

When John of Ashby was urged to his young wife to attacked Rannulf his liege lord. As a retribution Ashby Hall fell from Runnulf's younger brother (Knight) Gilliam FitzHenry of Graistan. Runnulf advises Gilliam to take the fief of Ashby Hall, but has to marry his vassal's daughter Nicole.

Gilliam FitzHenry retaining the Ashby Hall for good, and start rebuilding the damage property during their conflict. He was also willing to marry Nico
Feb 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5***** This book was even more fun than the two before it in the series. I think you should at least read book one before this or you might not understand Gillam. He is the youngest son of four and carries some heavy guilt over a youthful folly. Nicola has been raised as the son her father never had. When he is killed she believes she can take control. Only to learn the hard way that because she is a woman she has no control over even her own body. She is to be forced into marriage to the man wh ...more
Dec 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Liked it very much. Blond hero (always an excellent choice in my book), and he’s a good one, too. The heroine got a little bit on my nerves from time to time…it could get annoying how less she could come to terms with what Gilliam did when her father was hardly an innocent and she was already falling in love- but in the end, I could connect to her emotional anguish.
Otherwise, very enjoyable, sex scenes were few, but very steamy for the genre. You can express the Rrrrrrrrrr-factor without too man
The fourth book in the Graistan Chronicles by Denise Domning. Nicola of Ashby, introduced in book one of the series, has been a prisoner for 5 months and now must marry Gilliam, also from book one. Nicola refuses because Gilliam killed her father. Gilliam is determined to have Ashby even though Lord Graistan has offered him other properties worth much more and in better shape. But Gilliam wants Ashby.

I had a really hard time liking Nicola. She was a spoiled brat and irritating. Gilliam deserved
Oct 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
loved this series!!! It is set in the late 1100's. There are steamy love scenes, but not vulgar. It is also full of wonderful historical facts that are written in an entertaining way, so they don't bore you like a history lesson. The Author even shares her motivation/inspiration for the stories at the end of each book and I just loved that! I highly recommend all 5 books as stand-alone, or as a series! You will totally fall in love with the FitzHenry brothers!!

Spring's Fury: Nicola has sworn to
Sep 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Third in the Graistan Chronicles series. This one follows the youngest Fitzhenry brother, Gilliam and Nicola of Ashby. I think Gilliam is my favorite of the brothers but, I have to say Nicola is not my favorite heroine. She's annoyingly hard headed and it gets tiresome very quickly. But, aside from that I enjoyed this book very much. Once Nicola stops being an absolute snot the story gets more interesting. The villain is predictable and a little weak but, the conflict works and the conclusion is ...more
Jean Anderson
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Springs Fury

I choose four because while I enjoy romantic sex, sometimes. would prefer to use my own imagination. I look forward to the next book in. the series.
Jul 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Nicola of Ashby is proud and independent. She feels she doesn't need a man to rule her life, yet finds herself forced into a marriage with Gilliam FitzHenry.

Gilliam FitzHenry needs Ashby. He also needs this fierce and fiery woman as she can help him win over the people of her war-torn land.

So begins a battle of wits, treachery and tragedy, which will ultimately bring them together to fight for each other.

I couldn't put this down! It was as good as Winter's Heat, with strong characters and a go
For half of this book I couldn't STAND Nicola. We get it: you want to avenge your father's death. Stop beating the dead horse and MOVE ON ALREADY because you know the truth. And, as always, she doesn't know or think she could be the least bit attractive to anyone. After the half way point once she and Gilliam realize they are meant for each other and Nicola's... "needs" are satisfied, she's a completely different, and tolerable, character. As always, Domning does an excellent job with the settin ...more
Nov 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
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“He says the witch was dressed as a man and wore her hair also like a man's. Not only that, but in the boy's fevered dream, she fought better than any soldier. As I said, beyond belief." The forester shrugged in apology for wasting his lord's time. The corners of Gilliam's mouth lifted in sudden respect, and he touched the pin at his shoulder. "She did it all alone," he said quietly. "My lord?" the forester asked. "Hobbe, this is no dream. The boy has indeed seen my bride." Hobbe blinked. "Condolences, my lord.” 0 likes
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