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On Falcon's Wings

3.39  ·  Rating details ·  98 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Love united them. Destiny drove them apart.

When Avicia, a Norman noblewoman, makes a careless but costly mistake with a prized falcon, the brutal punishment nearly claims her life. Her Saxon lover, Edric of Newington, witnesses her ordeal but cannot share her fate. Another destiny awaits him in England, and the prospect of a loveless marriage.

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Paperback, 340 pages
Published July 9th 2010 by Createspace (first published June 20th 2010)
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Oct 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Set in Lille in 11th century Flanders, the story opens with a dramatic scene of a public whipping, meted out to Avicia, a Normal noblewoman as punishment for the killing of a pet merlin belonging to her mistress. Edric of Newington, a saxon warrior and the man she loves, witnesses the punishment but is powerless to prevent it.

Orphaned young, Avicia was raised by her uncle, Count Roland and his wife, Countess Gisele, securing a position for her as Lady Matilda’s attendant. Fearing she may never s
Sep 03, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story was good enough to keep me reading it and it was interesting, but it needed a little editing and the premise of these people loving each other despite only having met a few times over decades seems a little flimsy. But that's romance novels for you. Fortunately, the historical aspect of this book was more of the main event and the romance-bit wasn't overdone...most of the time, at least. ;p
I would rate it somewhere between okay and good.
Oct 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I thought this was a great book. I didn't want to put it down. Had just enough sorrow and loss but also happiness to make you want to finish it and see what does happen between Edric and Avicia.

A great non-stop read for teens.I definitely recommend it.
Wendy Laharnar
Aug 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I loved this historical novel set in 1066. It was fascinating to be trasported to an era I had often wondered about.

Set in dangerous times preceding the Battle of Hastings, On Falcon’s Wings is the ardent story of forbidden love between a Norman noblewoman and a Saxon Lord. Avicia and Edric know their love is impossible, but circumstances dictated by the fate of kings thrust them together and wrench them apart.

Avicia, wife of a knight under William, Duke of Normandy, accepts a hasty marriage, b
This book seemed unfocused to me . . there was so much going on.

I was suppose to rally for the HEA of the main characters, but I just didn't feel the connection between the two. What made their love so special?

And then Phillipe, my hero Phillipe, turns out to be what?! Not good enough - how did that happen? That was sad and, honestly, a cop-out way of justifying the relationship between the two main characters. If it needed to happen, then the author should have taken us through it rather than
Kristina Emmons
Jul 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
I loved On Falcon's Wings. The author's debut novel is filled with all the good stuff that makes for an impressive read: suspense, love, conflict, beautiful descriptive (gripping) writing, and the added bonus of being set in ancient England. Apart from learning so much about the period I found myself quite attached to Edric and Avicia, the main characters, who must endure aching decades apart from one another due to various circumstances. The novel is woven through true historical events, which ...more
Sep 18, 2010 rated it liked it
I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway. It was an enjoyable read although I did find it hard to keep track of all the characters. Some names were similar or just complicated. I appreciated the guide at the front of the book that listed the characters and their relationships.
Because of the variety of characters, I found I enjoyed the book more when I could read and be focused for a block of time. If I left the book for long (the holidays did it!), I had to become reacquainted with the chara
Nov 12, 2010 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one
While the historical aspects of the book was intriguing, I skipped over large portions of the book because of the sexual content. The hero and the heroine are forced to marry different people and their love life is explain in shocking detail - as well as their affair while the two were married.

I never enjoy giving a bad review, but I can not recommend this book.
Jun 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I just finished On Falcon's Wings by Lisa J. Yarde. The time span covers almost twenty five years leading up to and including the Norman Conquest and it subsequent aftermath concerning both Norman and Saxon families. Excellent research done by this new author. ...more
Dec 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
A must-read! The author is an amazing word smith, and through the complicated storyline she was adept at keeping my interest piqued and the plot clear. I adored the two main characters and their enduring love through the years during the Norman Conquest in England.
Heather Domin
Jan 13, 2011 rated it liked it
A romance spanning the course of decades, filled with sensual descriptions, attention to historical detail, and a very satisfying ending. I'll be reviewing this one in my blog, so for here I'll say, I enjoyed it!
Mar 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Liked the history in it. Didn't know that much about how William the Conqueror became the Conqueror and where he came from.
Jun 04, 2011 added it
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Sierra Randall
Jun 11, 2012 rated it did not like it
Michelle Gregory
Sep 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I'm not a fan of complex historical novels, but from the very first scene, Lisa Yarde pulls you into the lives of Avicia and Edric, making you want to know if true love will win out in the end.
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Lisa J. Yarde writes fiction inspired by the Middle Ages in Europe.

She is the author of two historical novels set in medieval England and Normandy, On Falcon’s Wings, featuring a star-crossed romance between Norman and Saxon lovers before the Battle of Hastings in 1066 and The Burning Candle, based on the life of the first countess of Leicester and Surrey, Isabel de Vermandois, progenitor of roya

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