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Barbados 1652. In the aftermath of the English Civil War, the vanquished are uprooted and scattered to the ends of the earth.

When marauding English soldiers descend on Mairead O’Coneill’s family farm, she is sold into slavery. After surviving a harrowing voyage, the young Irish woman is auctioned off to a Barbados sugar plantation where she is thrust into a hostile world
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Paperback, 440 pages
Published June 7th 2019 by W.M. Jackson Publishing
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Leigh
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

Severed Knot was the first book I have read from this author. I would like to start this review by saying that when I read a book under the romance category I want that story to be heavy on romance. This book was completely lacking in a traditional romance because of the circumstances. The story was heartbreaking to me and honestly hard for me to enjoy. I was sad and the day to day life had me very anxious while reading. Now with that said I couldn't rate this book any lower than I did
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Frankie Reviews
My goodness this is good! Honestly, this is way beyond the meagre word of ‘good’ there is a shining star-like quality about this book and I can’t seem to find the appropriate words to describe what I want to say. I feel like after reading this my whole perception of what a historical should be like has changed, Cryssa you may have ruined me for other authors now.

I was completely blown away by just how incredibly hard-hitting and powerful this book is, its thrilling, heart-breaking, emotional, o
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Elizabeth St.John
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Severed Knot is a haunting love story between two souls destined to be together and fighting to survive. Emerging from Ireland’s ravaged countryside and the aftermath of bloody civil war, Mairead and Iain walked into this novel with a spirit and charisma that captured my heart from the moment I met them. Following their journey through fearful capture, terrible conditions and life-threatening slavery, I could not stop thinking about them as I was reading this novel, and they have stayed with me ...more
kathie
**I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. It did not influence my opinion of this book".

I don't know where to start. I can say I truly loved it and I have a major book hangover right now. I finished it yesterday and I am still thinking about the MC, Scotsman Iain Locharbaidh Johnstone and Mairead O'Coneill from Ireland. It's kind of rare when you love both MC but that was the case here.

I would describe this book as Historical Romantic Suspense. Perhaps suspense is n
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Cryssa
May 20, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I'm very excited to release my second book, Severed Knot. This story picks up with the aftermath of the English Civil War and is another turn in the road leading to the Restoration. While it features one of the characters in Traitor's Knot, Severed Knot was written to be enjoyed as a standalone story.
I hope you enjoy your time with Iain and Mairead!
Cryssa Bazos
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Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
VISCERAL AND REAL
I thought the author's first book, Traitor's Knot, was impressive but this second novel blew me away. Set on a sugar planation in British Barbados, Knot traces the fate of Irish-born Mairead and Scottish POW Iain, both indentured servants surviving under brutal conditions. Like her first, Traitor's Knot, Bazos pays mighty attention to historical detail without sacrificing the emotional and character arcs that make the text so riveting. There is a touching love story, but this is
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Stephanie
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It shouldn't be a surprising thing to read the second work by an author and be impressed by the incredible growth clearly observable in the work. But to be honest, I was astonished. Make no mistake, I enjoyed Cryssa Bazos' first book, Traitor's Knot, and my opening statement in no way takes away from that fact. But Severed Knot, Bazos' second novel, shows a phenomenal step up in her understanding and mastery of the craft. She showed a level of care and attention to her characters and the plot th ...more
Charlene
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love it when an author takes a minor character from their earlier novel (Traitor's Knot) and creates a story around them. In Severed Knot, Bazos has done just that, taking us back to the 17th century where we are thrust into the life of Iain Johnstone. And it’s a horrific life when the story opens. Iain is a prisoner of war, locked up with a number of his men, veterans (on the losing side) of the English Civil War, in dreadful conditions. He never expects to see his home in Scotland again.

Bazo
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Kathy Cohen
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
An historical novel set in Scotland, Ireland, and Barbados in the mid-17th century. Charles I has been executed, and his son Charles is fighting the Parliamentarians led by Oliver Cromwell. The defeated Scottish soldiers are shipped to Barbados to work as indentured servants in the sugar cane fields. Meanwhile, Cromwell, while subjugating Ireland, also sends Irish men and women to the West Indies as indentured servants, where they work in the fields, the plantation houses, or supply the brothels ...more
Emmy
The ending was probably the weakest part of this, but in all, this was a perfect balance of romance and historical fiction (for me). I'm not even a huge fan of the English Civil War, but I'm looking forward to this author's other book.
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I am a historical fiction writer and 17th Century enthusiast, with a particular interest in the English Civil War (ECW). I blog about English history and storytelling at my blog, the 17th Century Enthusiast, and I'm a co-editor of the English Historical Fiction Authors blog site.

My debut novel, Traitor’s Knot, a romantic tale of adventure set during the English Civil War. Traitor’s Knot is the fi
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