Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Untamed (Medieval, #1)” as Want to Read:
Untamed (Medieval, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview


(Disputed Lands #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  7,227 ratings  ·  288 reviews
A hero of the crusades, Dominic le Sabre has returned to Scotland in glory and triumph to claim his reward: the beautiful Saxon bride awarded to him as conqueror king. But Lady Margaret of Blackthorne cannot yield to the bold Norman invader.

The beloved daughter of a sacred tribe of Celtic mystics, she fears an ancient curse that could bring further turmoil to her battle-sc
Paperback, 416 pages
Published March 1st 1993 by Avon (first published 1993)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Untamed, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Untamed

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
really liked it Average rating 4.00  · 
Rating details
 ·  7,227 ratings  ·  288 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Untamed (Medieval, #1)
Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
11/15/15: Re-read... I can't sleep and I'm in the mood for some sappy and magical medieval romance...gonna start with one of my old school favorite series...from back when I was in middle the effin 90's.

A Classic Medieval Favorite, This One Never Gets Old






“I will not let you go,” Dominic said harshly.

“Don’t worry, Glendruid Wolf. The people will accept you. Blackthorne is yours for as long as you live. Nothing can change that now”.

“Without you, the land and the p
Susan Phillips
Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: recent-reads
An old fashioned, non-p.c., historical romance. One of my favorites. Some readers got their knickers in a knot because our hero forces the heroine to wear bells, but it’s a Medieval romance, and I thought it was sublimely perfect.
Apr 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hf-romance, 2020-goal

Nearly a perfect medieval romance from an author I’ve never read.

Wonderful writing!! A plot filled with knights, Druid legends and a damsel in distress, who is an exceptionally charming and strong woman. I totally loved that.

Gorgeous language and lots of olde world ambiance. A few minor storylines added some suspense and villainy which elevated the usual “dark and cold knight has frozen heart thawed by lovely damsel who comes with a castle, lands and people” scenario.

The only reason I deduc
Preeti ♥︎ Her Bookshelves
*Discretion advised as has major spoilers!*

My take on the story...
A hero of the crusades, Dominic le Sabre has returned to Scotland in glory and triumph to claim his reward from the King -a beautiful Saxon bride with a dowry of vast lands.
But Lady Margaret of Blackthorne, descendent from a long line of sacred female Celtic mystics, the Glendruids, fears an ancient curse that could bring further turmoil to her battle-scarred land...and sorrow to her marriage bed.

Now our H hungers for two things
Stacey is Sassy
A wee bit too realistic...

I admit...I'm hard to please when it comes to reading/listening to a medieval romance. I like them to be realistic...sort of. Unfortunately, I'm one of those pesky romance readers who need some of the realities to be left out. I like the castles, 'Knights in Shining Armour', sweet and virtuous maidens, and descriptions of their dress and surroundings. I don't like the chauvinistic attitudes, infidelities as "due" to their station, and complete disregard to people of a l
Penny Watson
May 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to the wonderful members of the newly formed Romance Forum Refugee group at Goodreads, I have a huge new list of romance novels with bearded heroes! Dark beards! Blond beards! Dark staches, too! Yee haw!!!!!!!

And thanks to their recommendations, I discovered a new-to-me romance writer who appears to love beards as much as I do. All of her heroes are hairy! Beards, staches, nice furry chests.....yowzah! I am now the official #1, A++ Fan Of Elizabeth Lowell. Where have you been all my life,
3.5 Stars

Overall Opinion: This was a cute story. I didn’t love it, but I did find it enjoyable. I liked that it didn’t take forever for the story to begin with side stories or history, which I feel often happens with books set in this era. I liked the characters and I liked their connection. I did, however, get frustrated with the H’s pushing away. Overall, it was an enjoyable read but not enough to be going down as one of my favorites.

Brief Summary of the Storyline: This is Meg and Dominic’s
Bark  |  Ladies Of Horror Fiction
Nov 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
The book starts out with the pending marriage of Lady Margaret (Meg) & returning Crusader Dominic le Sabra. Neither have laid eyes on the other before but are both willing to go along with the prearranged marriage. Meg accepts this as her fate (although she is by no means a wimp) & Dominic wants to claim the castle & lands that come along with Meg and begin working on making himself some heirs. Only problem is that Meg happens to be one of the cursed Glendruid (white) witches that for centuries ...more
Regan Walker
Sep 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A Great Medieval with Falconry-- Simply Superb!

UNTAMED was my first romance by Elizabeth Lowell and since then, I’ve read many more of hers. It won the RITA Award and deservedly. Her writing is wonderful; her period setting excellent; and her storytelling is full of action and adventure, natural sexual tension and conflict that is not scary, contrived or over the top but rather, very believable.

Set in the early 12th century, it is the story of Lady Margaret of Blackthorne, a Glendruid "witch" (t
Lydia's Romance
4.5 'Old School & Untamed' Stars

Medieval Romance with a touch of Magic
Arranged Marriage

"There is no more powerful magic than the generous heart and untamed soul of love."

My buddy, Chanel, recommended this one because she knows I'm a huge fan of Judith McNaught and thought this would be a perfect fit for me. She was right! This story was everything I look for in an old-school, historical romance<3

Returning home triumphant from the Crusades, Dominic le Sabre is determined to claim the bri
J.R. Ward
Jan 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In love with this series...
Dec 15, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1-star-no-star
Bought for £0.10 at Salvation Army Walworth Rd, London

This has been my not-quite-first bodice ripper. I have learnt from a friend that these sort of books are the equivalent of bike training wheels. Fortunately for me, these sorts of books were not mine.

To explain why I even picked up my first "bodice ripper":
1. When I returned to Copenhagen after the summer, I felt book withdrawal, went out and bought a book about the history of romance novels, because it was one of cheapest books there (books
Jul 23, 2010 rated it really liked it

Reading any novel set in the medieval era, when a woman was considered less than a man's animals and whose only value was all too often only for breeding purposes, is always somewhat hard even as it is interesting. In "Untamed", Lowell has done an admirable job of allowing those realities to come through, showing the hardships inflicted on a female while keeping the "romance" aspect from getting mired in the bogs of offense.

Lady Margaret comes from a long line of Celtic mystics and has be
Feb 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
Just finished reading this book. I started reading it because it was recommended as an historical novel of the romance brand. I enjoy those kinds of novels and I enjoy learning about the period history. However, this novel lacked in that area. The first few chapters were of knights and ladies and I found it intrigueing. But as the novel wore on it was more about the knight / hero of the novel trying to get into the pants of his wife / heroine from an arranged marriage. At points, it errupted int ...more
Wow this is my first Medieval historical romance ,and it was Great. I fell in love with all the characters especially Meg and Dominic. Even though I noticed A Historical Error because at the time of the Crusaders, the Middle East was under the rule of Al-Abassi Caliph , Then Al- Mamalik time, Not the Turkish one.
Any way, it is really Superb.
The male lead in this novel has to be one of the thickest, slowest and stupidest male characters I have ever encountered....He was so slow to understand basic emotions and wants, to the point where it was infuriating to read.
I really enjoyed this book, but, OMG, I felt like smacking Dominic with all his talk of land and sons!!! At points he was utterly unlikeable.. Actually, till the moment where he hauls her onto his horse after she gathered herbs... And his distrust of Meg was seiously getting on my nerves!!!

I loved Meg however, and although she was a bit to complacent for my tastes, that was explainable by the fact that everything she did was for the good of her people.

I found the story intriguing and sweet, albe
I was excited to read a medieval romance by a new to me, much lauded author. Unfortunately, I was bored and annoyed and finally gave up about three quarters through. At first, I thought the metaphor of the hero taming the heroine as he would a wild, beautiful falcon was cute and dreamy. But they take things so far that I started wondering if he had a bird fetish. Feeding each other from the hand, spitting liquids into each other's mouth (yuck), even outfitting damsel and bird in the same jingly ...more
Tara♥ {MindforBooks}

Well I had heard it was cheesy and I was not disappointed. Way over the top, full of all the purple prose and lots and lots of eye rolling. I loved it. I'm finding the world very difficult at the moment so I need to read things that make me happy. Those things are usually books that are way over the top, full of all the purple prose and lots and lots of eye rolling.

Oct 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
A strong Heroine is one of my favourite tropes in Historicals. Just adds a lot of Character to the story of that time period.
This one had it.
I dint feel the angst as much though.
Lady of the Lake
This is a romance, and it had the running theme of "my tiny falcon" and if you are not one to tolerate cutsie mushy prose than stay away from this story as it is a CONSTANT theme thrughout the ENTIRE story. I go in to these sorts of romances expecting such a thing. But even I was hard pressed not to roll my eyes and and groan when for the fiftieth time our romantic hero called his lady his litlle falcon and tied bells to her hair and wrists and legs locking her away as he did with his falcon in ...more
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was an enjoyable read. A good read for a lazy afternoon. I’m sure I would have enjoyed this book -and the hero - much more, if I hadn’t read Never Seduce a Scot by Maya Banks right before reading this. The kindness, the gentleness and the strength of character in Maya Banks’ hero, kinda eclipsed this one for me. ...more
Pam Pagoso Meneses
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I normally steer clear of the historical romance genre in general, but this one came highly recommended by a friend. So I gave it a whirl, and was not disapponted. The romance scenes were steamy, dialogues were engaging, the history aspect was on point, and the conflict/twist was unexpected.
Oh oh oh oh this was SO beautiful. I cried from its beauty. Beautifully written. Beautifully told. Full of beautiful love.

That is all.
Jan 16, 2021 rated it liked it
Nostalgia tinted glasses
Found this at the laundromat. Oh man, what a throwback. Forgot about this one.
3 Stars

For his bravery during the Crusades, Dominic Le Sabre, a Norman Knight, is rewarded with a Saxon bride and the land that comes with her. Lady Margaret Blackthorne is willing to do her duty to keep the peace but fears that she will never have her husband’s love.

While the plot and romance have potential, both suffer from the writing tropes and norms typical of the 1990s. Lowell uses flowery descriptions and euphemisms, which put a damper on Meg and Dominic’s sexual chemistry and the
Oct 24, 2016 rated it liked it
I had a hard time with this one in the beginning. It just didn't draw me in as much as I hoped it would. It did pick up and get more interesting as it went but a little too late for higher rating. I'm not sure why it didn't work for me in the beginning. Also I think it was a little long winded - it could have easily be a hundred pages shorter (or at least 50). And I really didn't like the continual references to falcons. At first it was nice and interesting, but then it got repetitive and then I ...more
May 24, 2014 rated it did not like it
The hero spends his time calling the heroine "little falcon" and referring to golden bells he gave her as "your jesses" and how she needs to eat from his hand and give him sons.

He spends the entire book suspecting her of sleeping with her relative. Even after he finds out she's a virgin he still insists she's sneaking off to meet the other guy and really wants him to be her husband.

It really sucked to hear the hero's constant accusations. And when they were talking together he kept referring t
SheriC (PM)
This started out well, but by page 100 had descended into silliness, full of spitefully jealous women and hypermasculine, brutish men. I really don't find murderous jealousy and controlling possessiveness very sexy. But I do love the idea of the Glendruid witch/clan/curse. That was really a lot of fun.

I'm giving it 3 stars mostly out of nostalgia, and in homage to my younger self that enjoyed this book at a time when I was just discovering the Romance genre had a subcategory of supernatural/mag
Anne Flosnik narrated this. She rocks! The story itself was ok but average. Slight touch of fantasy with white witches (who deny it.) The words "small falcon" and "nests" were mentioned so often I was put to mind of National Geographic. Lovers of big sappy bows will adore this one. ...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
What's the Name o...: Historical romance; he tames her like a falcon? [s] 6 57 Jul 08, 2013 09:07AM  

Readers also enjoyed

  • Born in Sin (Brotherhood of the Sword #3/MacAllister, #2)
  • Honor's Splendour
  • Gentle Warrior
  • Hearts Aflame (Haardrad Viking Family, #2)
  • The Prize
  • Master of Desire (Brotherhood of the Sword #1)
  • Prisoner of My Desire
  • So Speaks the Heart
  • Lions and Lace (Van Alen Sisters #1)
  • When Angels Fall
  • Tempted
  • By Possession (Medieval #1)
  • Saving Grace
  • The Falcon and the Flower (Medieval Plantagenet, #1)
  • The Secret (Highlands' Lairds, #1)
  • Fires of Winter (Haardrad Viking Family, #1)
  • Surrender My Love (Haardrad Viking Family, #3)
  • Defy Not the Heart (Shefford's Knights #1)
See similar books…
Individually and with co-author/husband Evan, Ann Maxwell has written over 60 novels and one work of non-fiction. There are 30 million copies of these books in print, as well as reprints in 30 foreign languages. Her novels range from science fiction to historical fiction, from romance to mystery. After working in contemporary and historical romance, she became an innovator in the genre of romantic ...more

Other books in the series

Disputed Lands (3 books)
  • Forbidden (Disputed Lands #2)
  • Enchanted (Medieval, #3)

News & Interviews

Need another excuse to treat yourself to a new book this week? We've got you covered with the buzziest new releases of the day. To create our...
54 likes · 14 comments
“only the most hardy of living things survive renewal.” 0 likes
More quotes…