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The Warrior's Game

(The Warrior #3)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  643 ratings  ·  38 reviews
Out of a Perilous Intrigue ...Proud, desperate Lady Ami will "not be the plaything of powerful men But without the aid of the warrior Michel, she will be forced to submit to her king -- who wants free entry to Ami's badchamber by wedding her to a spineless court lackey. She "must win the bold knight's loyalty and protection, and turn him against the liege he so ably serves ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published December 31st 2002 by Avon Books
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Apr 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sir Michel is a knight in King John's service. Lady Amicia is a widow and ward of the King. Michel wants land, a wife and a family. Amicia wants to go home to her lands. When Michel sets his sight upon Amicia for a wife, he isn't discouraged by her forthrightness or her fiery temper. She is attracted to him, even though she fights the attraction.

King John devices a game. If Amicia reaches Thame Abbey first, she can choose life in a convent or to be the king's mistress. If Michel or another knig
Regan Walker
Sep 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star-reads
Authentic Medieval with a Great Alpha Male Hero in the time of King John

This is the third in the Warrior Series but it can be read alone. All three are set in the time of King John and the Magna Carta, a foundational document adopted at the urging of rebellious barons in the 13th century limiting the powers of the king.

THE WARRIOR’S GAME is the story of Lady Amica del la Beres (“Ami”), the widow of a knight and the ward of King John. Unbeknownst to Ami, the king has promised her to one of his fa
Samantha Charlton
I thought this was an excellent historical romance. It had a strong and intriguing plot, fabulous hero and heroine and fantastic chemistry between them.

Denise Domning has obviously done her homework - the historical setting is detailed (without becoming tiresome) and vividly brought to life. You really get a sense for the rigid class constraints of Medieval Britain and the snobbery that the highborn had for the lower classes. This forms part of the conflict between our highborn English widow, A
4**** A very good historical romance. It tells the story of a woman who has been made a ward of King John and how little control she has over her own life. The details of how even the more wealthy people lived is really interesting. An enjoyable read.
Tammie O
Mar 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a fun read from start to finish. Lady Amicia becomes ward of the King after the death of her husband . True to the time period she lives in she has no rights. She must bend to the will of the King and play his devious games . Michel a foreign mercenary is promised a wife and has chosen Amicia .The King will not make it easy for any if his subjects and turns their lives upside down, but the only option is to play his game.
I really liked Amicia she was also in the first book of this series "T
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: medieval
A bored king trifles with his subjects. His lack of regard & care ruins a lady's reputation & puts her in the middle of dangerous competition, he tries to cheat his loyal knight & punish a simpering vassal.
The thrust & parry of sharp wit is intriguing.
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Warrior's Game

I loved this story. I recommend everyone to read this book. I look forward to reading more of her books. Kattie.
MA Bower
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fun story

Besides being an entertaining book, I found myself comparing the status of women during the era of the book with current times. Thanks for your research, Denise!
Elis Madison
This might be more aptly titled “The King’s Game,” in that the only true player is King John, and all the characters are his prawns--

--er, pawns.

As ward of the king, Widowed Amicia de la Beres (we met her in The Warrior’s Wife) cannot leave court or marry unless the king approves—and he rarely approves. It’s far more convenient for him to keep her in court, so he can dangle her before his courtiers as a rich prize—all while using the income from her estates for himself. She'd like to protest but
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I'm actually giving this a 3.5, but for some reason Goodreads doesn't allow half stars.

I love period pieces, but I wouldn't live in the Medieval ages for all the money in the world. Why? Because as a woman I wouldn't be allowed to keep it! For all the crap women still have to put up with today, at least we're able to make our own money, buy our own homes and tell a guy to go F himself if we want. I'll stay in 2013 thank you.

Here's why:

Synopsis: When Amica's beloved husband
Lisa C.
Aug 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I appreciate the historical accuracy of Domning's books and this book was no exception. She gave a very accurate accounting of how minor noblewomen were treated as pawns during this time period as well as how they looked upon themselves. I thought King John was a jerk. With all the sneakiness and manipulation going on behind the scenes, the bloody history of England should come as no surprise.

Although I didn't care for Lady Amicia's attitude it was all she had left after everything was taken fro
Aug 29, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is my least favorite of all the Denise Donning books I've inhaled in the last few days. I loved Ami when she was a minor character in an earlier book, but here she seemed so proud it turned me off. Also, Michel could have been more interesting. His background was barely a blip compared to other Donning heroes I've read lately. Finally, and worst of all, the love story wasn't that developed. All that seemed to draw these two people together was physical attraction.

This isn't a terrible book,
Nov 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my favorite in the warrior series. I love the setting and the way that Ms. Doming delves into the way that medieval women were treated. It gives you a great understanding of what life was like for them - whether a peasant or of noble birth. I would have given this book 5 stars except for the ending. I was hoping for an epilogue or something to finish the tale, but instead, it was left to my imagination.
Afton Nelson
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult
Never trusted Michel feel anything but self interest towards Ami. And Ami was supposed to be skillful at staying out of court intrigue, but that fact is never confirmed with her almost immediately plunging herself in scheming and trouble. Finally, even if it was true that King John was a bored jerk who liked toying with his subjects lives/feelings/livelihood, for sheer sport, I didn't care for the plot including this detail at all. ...more
Apr 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
I can't believe I'm giving this 4 stars but I really did like it. I liked how the characters stay true themselves and are all annoyed by confining class norms but still find themselves following the social rules that they find irritating. I already loved Ami from the first book and Michel is just, hmmm yummy, strong, confident, self made, ambitious, all man, yet gentle and vulnerable with the woman he cares for. I love a hero like Michel. ...more
Apr 24, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This medieval set story is a great addition to her historical novels. The return to King John’s court is a great setting for a lovely romance between a knight’s proud daughter who is full of her own importance and a knight from a common trade background. The explanations of the rise of the middle class and the massive increase in the wealth of the merchants carries the story forward without turning into a history lesson.
Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fast paced romance

Entertaining read and fast paced romance. Common born knight proves his honor and loyalty while fighting for the love of his life. The lady does protest too much; eventually realizing the knight is worthy of her love.
I'm pretty sure this is the same book as the one now on Kindle at Amazon under Denise Domning.

Freebie today.
Feb 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A good read, well written with believable research. The hero and heroine are likeable and the character development is believable. The potential for change established in the story.
Tess Nancarrow
Apr 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really really good book. I enjoyed reading about the time period and the main characters had a lot of chemistry!
Jul 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this. Domning creates some interesting characters and brings the period to life. There are quite a few editing/spelling errors, but it's worth it. ...more
Jul 18, 2013 rated it liked it
I would have given it a 3.5 if I could have
This book was great, the plot was new and interesting and then at the end it just ended. It was the least satisfying ending I've seen. It's like it's missing a chapter or two. ...more
Dec 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4,5 Stars
Jun 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Denise has a way to make you feel that you are the heroin in each novel!
Jun 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful historical fiction romance, just my style! Will have to look up the other books this author has written and see if they are just as good.
Oct 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
also wrote under her other name of denise hampton. wasn't too great like her other ones ...more
Feb 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the chemistry between Michel and Amicia, I just wished it could have been a little longer!!
Kathy James
Apr 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Surprising read!

I would recommend this read to any avid reader. A slow start but a great finish. Several wonderful twists and a heart warming ending.
Dec 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Better than expected, and best I've read by this author yet. Recommended read for medieval fans. Complex, interesting characters and a skillfully woven plot. ...more
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