Flight of the Raven

Judith Sterling
Flight of the Raven
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The Wild Rose Press
Release Date
September 2016
Book 1 of The Novels of Ravenwood
Historical fiction, Historical Romance

How eager would the bridegroom be if he knew he could never bed the bride?

Lady Emma of Ravenwood Keep is prepared to give Sir William l'Orage land, wealth, and her hand in marriage. But her virginity? Not unless he loves her. The curse that claimed her mother is clear: unless a Ravenwood heir is conceived in love, the mother will die in childbirth. Emma is determined to dodge the curse. Then William arrives, brandishing raw sensuality which dares her to explore her own.

William the Storm isn't a man to be gainsaid. He'll give her protection, loyalty, and as much tenderness as he can muster. But malignant memories quell the mere thought of love. To him, the curse is codswallop. He plans a seduction to breach Emma's fears and raze her objections. What follows is a test of wills and an affirmation of the power of love.

Book Review by Elizabeth Ramsay (reviewer)
Sep 23, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
184 people found the following review helpful
Can William free Emma from her curse?

Lady Emma of Ravenswood Keep is desperate to save her people. Her neighbor Aldred is pressuring her to marry him and unite their lands. Marriage to Aldred will leave Ravenswood in Saxon hands but at the cost of defying the king and handing Emma's people over to a tyrant. Instead, Emma will marry the king's man Sir William L'Orage, a Norman warrior, and hope for the best.

Emma prays that William will look after her and her people. William must protect Ravenswood from Aldred and his wife from the curse that has haunted her line. The women in Emma's family must marry for love or else be doomed to die in childbirth. Emma intends to avoid this curse by remaining a maiden. William wants a son to inherit his new lands and title and has no wish for a virgin wife. Can he woo his new bride into his bed and will they fall in love along the way, breaking the curse or is Emma doomed to die?

Judith Sterling's FLIGHT OF THE RAVEN is set in Medieval England and deals with the issues that arose after the Norman conquest of 1066. It is set in 1101 after the Normans have had time to settle in and little of the Saxon aristocracy is left. Those that are left are increasingly handed over to Norman warriors such as William through arranged marriages. So the novel accurately portrays the time period in which it is set and romanticizes it.

This novel is a slow-paced historical odyssey. If you like the medieval period and have been looking for a novel you can really sink your teeth into, then check out FLIGHT OF THE RAVEN.
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