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Lady Raell can fight, ride, and argue politics as well as her brothers. Only being mistress of her father's household keeps her in skirts. In Naed, the new Lord of Druemarwin, she has found devotion, a kindred spirit, and a marriage promise. But when a forgotten and unwanted betrothal comes to light, she has no choice but to run.

Amidst sweeping revolution, Naed must rally
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Kindle Edition, 474 pages
Published December 18th 2019 by The Wild Rose Press
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InD'tale Magazine
Rating: 4.5/5.0

“Lord of Druemarwin” by Helen C. Johannes is a wonderful love story filled with secrets and treachery!

Read full review in the 2020 June issue of InD'tale Magazine.
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Amy Sandas
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Lord of Druemarwin is an epic fantasy romance and a worthy follow up to Johannes’s debut novel, The Prince of Val-Feyridge. Now that Prince Arn has staked his claim to the ancient throne and continues to pursue his destiny to unite the three kingdoms, he must hand off an important task to his new Second. Naed of D’nalee must return to his homeland with the challenge of convincing the ever-neutral D’nalee people to throw in behind the new Prince. He is prepared to demonstrate his loyalty to t ...more
Helen
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Pages from the Heart winner in fantasy romance.
Laurie (AFozenBookParadise)
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This has not influenced my review.

This book started off very strong and remained so for a good 60% of the book, which is high praise considering how long this is. It's very long.

This book did many things right. It handled the multiple perspectives and the switching between them very well as well as it did a very good job building up the romance. I honestly believed that the character loved each other more than the initial "lov
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Valerie Clarizio
Apr 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lord of Druemarwin (Crown of Tolem Book 2) is the follow-up book the Prince of Val-Feyridge. I enjoyed both these books immensely and highly recommend them to fantasy romance readers.

Helen C. Johannes is that writer, the one who hurls the reader right into the action alongside the hero and heroine. I could vividly see and feel the fantasy world she created as I feverishly flipped pages. She has a knack for creating relatable characters with depth who in Naed and Raell's case you can't help but
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Jennifer Rupp
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lord of Druemarwin just sored to the top of my list of favorite fantasy romances. The minute I finished Helen C. Johannes’s tale, I wanted to start reading it all over again so I could wallow in the romance for another six hours. Johannes is a skilled storyteller and her writing draws the reader deep into the love story between Raell and Naed. But readers of historical romance will love this story as well. Johannes could have easily set this in 12th or 13th century England with familiar names an ...more
Danielle Bailleu
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lady Raell was raised with her brothers to learn how to fight and defend herself. When her betrothed Naed, Lord of Druemarwin, returnes home to rally his brethren at the request of the Prince, Raell soon finds herself trailing after him in order to escape a betrothal she new nothing about and to wed the one she loves. But will they find their happily ever after when unknown forces are set on murdering the Lord of Druemarwin?

This was an amazing read that kept me hooked from beginning to end. This
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Angel Hatfield
Apr 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Lady Raell can fight, ride, and argue politics as well as her brothers. Only being mistress of her father's household keeps her in skirts. In Naed, the new Lord of Druemarwin, she has found devotion, a kindred spirit, and a marriage promise. But when a forgotten and unwanted betrothal comes to light, she has no choice but to run. Amidst sweeping revolution, Naed must rally his people, fend off assassination attempts, and fight against claims he's a traitor. Then he discovers everything about his ...more
Sydney Winward
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Did I lose a lot of sleep reading this book? I absolutely did! And I don’t regret it for a second. Lord of Druemarwin is full of action, love, and secrets, and I couldn’t help but keep my eyes glued to the book, turning page after page well into the night.

I absolutely loved all the characters, though Toth quickly became my favorite, a hot-headed Tolemak with a good head on his shoulders. One of my favorite scenes of his was when he and Naed got in a fist fight. The whole fight and the interactio
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Reece
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
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I regret not reading the first one. This was a great book. It would have been all the better if I had read the previous book. The romance/action/politics were all well done. I read this book in a span of hours. I have work I should have done yesterday that I did not do today because I had reading to do damnit. This is very sword and sorcery fantasy without the sorcery. I am sure that has its own subgenre, but the name of it is escaping me right now, so there you have it. There
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Rona Nimmo
Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Review Lord of Druemarwin by Helen C. Johannes A medieval historical story with it a woman who can think and fight like a man (not known during her time) battles intrigue romance. This book has everything a good story needs. A bit slow to get going but excellent read if you stick through first few chapters. Throughly enjoyed it even though not a genre I normally read. Really gripping once you get into the storyline.
Lynn Lovegreen
Being the second in a fantasy series, it has a slower start as the backstory is introduced. But once I got into it, I didn’t want to put it down. An honorable hero, a warrior heroine, strong supporting characters, true love, betrayal, assassins, alliances, humor, and more!

Recommended for adults and older teens (re. steamy scenes) who enjoy fantasy.
Kat Henry
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A wondrous example of world building. Fabulously drawn characters. Rich, lush setting.
Who could ask for more in this time of quarantine--or any time when you want to be swept away.
Do Not Miss This One.
Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews
Zara West
May 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, romances
Fantastic world-building.
Rekha O'Sullivan
Aug 23, 2020 rated it liked it
This book wasn't my usual fare and it's the first of the series that I read. What I like most about romance is when the protagonists first meet and you know it's going to flourish and that there will be obstacles but it will all be alright in the end. I think the thing that I found difficult about this book was that it started sort of mid-way through the couple's relationship. They were both wonderful characters but I missed an important part of their relationship and therefore never really enga ...more
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Author Helen C. Johannes lives in the Midwest with her husband and grown children. Growing up, she read fairy tales, Tolkien, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Agatha Christie, Shakespeare, and Ayn Rand, an unusual mix that undoubtedly explains why the themes, characters, and locales in her writing play out in tales of love and adventure. A member of Romance Writers of America, she credits the friends she ha ...more

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