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SECRETS OF THE KNIGHT
JULIA LATHAM
ISBN#: 9780061432965
August 2008
Avon
10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022
Mass Market Paperback
$5.99
384 Pages
Historical Romance
Rating: 4 Cups

Diana Winslow has never been the typical maiden. Well versed in all the womanly arts, she has also been allowed to train with her father’s soldiers. This has earned her a place as the first Bladeswoman, but estranged her from her family. She has been waiting for her second assignment for six years.

Tom, Viscount Bannaster, is the cousin of the king. He was never intended to be viscount but was dedicated to the priesthood. His brother’s untimely death gave him his current position, but many question how he attained it.

Diana has been waiting for her second assignment for six years, and it arrives in the form of Tom, Viscount Bannaster, who is the cousin of the king. He never intended to be viscount but was dedicated to the priesthood until his brother's untimely death gave him his current position. There is still a question as to how he attained it. Diana's first assignment as a Bladeswoman led to the death of Lord Bannaster, a brutal man. His younger brother, now Viscount, was suspected but never proven the murderer. At long last the League of the Blade has given her another assignment, but it is to investigate Thomas, Lord Bannaster, who has come to Kirby Keep to court her selfish but beautiful sister.

I really enjoyed this story. I liked that two people who are misfits in their world find each other. Diana's brother and sister are pretty selfish and unlikable. Thomas was as much a misfit as Diana. Raised to be a priest, he has a crash course as a knight. His time as Diana's prisoner is entertaining and their love story is engrossing and full of passion and conflict. The dialogue is clever and witty, and I loved how Thomas played one sister against the other. The descriptions of life in this era and the crumbling keep in which the sisters live as opposed to the opulent lifestyle of Thomas' late brother is very well done. This is a wonderful story.

Maura
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