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The Unexpected Ally

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March 1147. Assassination, espionage, betrayal. King Owain has ridden east to confront King Madog of Powys with the attempt on the life of his son. Rhys, now abbot of St. Kentigern’s monastery, hopes for peace and calls both Madog and Owain to the negotiating table. Peace, however, is the last thing on Madog’s mind. Recalcitrant, righteous, and angry, he sees King Owain’s ...more
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Published July 19th 2016 by Sarah Woodbury
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Bron
Jul 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
This follows on almost immediately from the previous book The Renegade Merchant, only a couple of weeks have passed since Gwen and Gareth were in Shrewsbury investigating the couple who had been impersonating them, and getting caught by slave takers. You really need this background to follow the current story. Gareth is still suffering from the wounds he got in Shrewsbury, but they have had to travel with King Owain's retinue to St Asaph for a peace conference. Needless to say a body soon turns ...more
Paula
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
NEXT!!!

Great plotting, story to move the saga along, fine writing. Still don't understand all the politics but more than I did the previous 7 books...so I feel good about that! A bit less suspenseful than the previous couple books and that's a bit of a relief for a reader who gets nervous when the events around the next corner are shocking or unexpected! Keep reading, fans. Always worth it...on to number 9.
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Sandra Reid
Twists & Turns

I found that this book had a lot of twist and turns and kept me guessing. The parts I find annoying about Sarah Woodbury's writing is her thing about describing the men characters having pursed lips. Like really, what is that about?
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Vickie
Another excellent mystery in the Gareth and Gwen series.
Bruce
Dec 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Enjoyable read.
Patricia
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A good installment in the story. I will be sad when this series ends.
Voirrey
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Read this back in March and forgot to add it.
Sian Iola Percival
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Book Number 8 and still always seem to be surprised by something in these stories, weather it be who committed the crime or the reason why. So glad I stared these books, well worth the read.
karen wendt
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am gobbling up the ones of this series I have yet to read.
Frenchie
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am a fan of Gareth and Gwen. This one did not disappoint. I don't know what makes Sarah Woodbury's writing so compelling but you get plunged into a myriad of royal conspiracies, coupled with accurate historical events.
Gareth and Gwen are a lovely medieval couple. In 'The Unexpected Ally'', there is a plot to kill Prince Hywel. That does not sound good, after the death of Prince Rhun (Ok, ok, this is not a spoiler, this is mentioned in the synopsis).
But the real eye opener is the surprising end
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Lily
Jul 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: mystery, historical fiction, adventure
Gareth and Gwen get better with each installment! In this newest novel Gareth and Gwen's family is growing as the tension is Wales is growing. A half Welsh, half Danish spy is found dead just before King Owain is to confront King Madog about an attempted assassination of his son. A sketchy prior, old friends and a mystery with more twists and turns than a medieval maze. With Gareth recovering from an injury from a previous adventure and Gwen pregnant, they need all the help they can get. But who ...more
Alison
These books are getting more like a slog as I go through - the historical detail is interesting, and Woodbury brings key figures of the time into the text in an interesting way, but the main characters remain bland and unengaging to me. I found the resolution to this mystery faintly ridiculous - I can't help thinking Woodbury would be better off without the genre trappings, writing straight historical fiction, then in the historical mystery genre. But, the tales of Wales still engage, and the Ir ...more
Susanna Shipman
Aug 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the Gareth and Gwen mysteries. They have become old friends to me. Very well written.

I love the Gareth and Gwen mysteries. The characters have become old friends to me. Very well written and entertaining.
Mary Munroe
Gwen and Gareth's Eighth Mystery

An enjoyable mystery, notable much more for the interesting character development than for the history. The intrigue of the court provides additional tension and conflict.
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Kathi Reed
Aug 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
good series
John
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Elis Madison
I'm always happier when I find a series like this after it's finished. Unfortunately, now I have to wait for the author to write the next installment! ...more
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With over a million books sold to date, Sarah Woodbury is the author of more than forty novels, all set in medieval Wales. Although an anthropologist by training, and then a full-time homeschooling mom for twenty years, she began writing fiction when the stories in her head overflowed and demanded that she let them out. While her ancestry is Welsh, she only visited Wales for the first time at univ ...more

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Gareth and Gwen Medieval Mysteries (1 - 10 of 12 books)
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