Series: Knights of Honor Book 4 June 27th 2017
Published by Dragonblade Publishling, Inc. ASIN: B07118ZCNM
The Earl of Shadowfaire was a brutal man treating his wife and servants with a cruel and sadistic hand. He went so far as to rape his wife’s servant who then held a lifelong grudge and bitterly hated him. When his wife delivered male twins, the first babe (the heir) was dark looked exactly like the earl; the second twin was blonde, delicate, and looked like the mother whom the servant was devoted to. The servant switched them around declaring the blonde weakly looking twin was the earl’s heir, and not the twin that resembled his father.
As the second son of the Earl of Shadowfaire, Kenric Fairfax was raised and trained as a warrior. On the day of his Knighting Ceremony a horrible tragedy took place – leaving Kenric to flee to the north of England swearing to never marry. Now in the service of Lord Michael Devereux, Kenric was asked to lead an escort party from London to bring Lord Michael’s wife’s sister home to Sandbourne.
Avelyn Le Cler has spent time as a lady-in-waiting to Queen Phillipa and finds the treachery at the royal court deplorable. She is looking forward to coming home and hoping she can convince her brother-in-law to bargain the King and Queen to let her remain back in the country. During the journey home Avelyn learned the dastardly secret of the truth of Kenric’s birth, but unfortunately there was no way of proving the claim – even if Kenric should believe her.
**** This was really a wonderful read. The plot was not necessarily a surprise but the malice and hatred of the innocent babe that was handed down to Kenric during his childhood was truly painful. The efforts Kenric made to steer clear of Evelyn knowing of the feelings he had for her plus worrying that as a landless knight he had nothing to offer the daughter of nobility kept him from even having the barest of hope that he could make her his. Avelyn on the other hand had fallen deeply in love with such a strong knight whose honor and goodness were evident for all to see. Evelyn had a dowery that she was sure they could live on and wanted nothing more than to continue on and convince Kenric that she would be fine as long as they were together.
I have the first three books in this series and I must say that each book just seems to get better and better. All are stand-alone but each one tells an unforgettable tale of the rugged life in the early 12th century with creativity and deep emotion. Bottom line: JOURNEY TO HONOR by Alexa Aston is a wonderful and exciting read which I highly recommend.