Favorite line: “Your mother’s dead, but I can still flay you. And I might let Ketil and Told have a turn with you, one night, to teach you about defiance! Half sister’s not the same as full and when all is said and done you are nothing but a slave’s whelp. Remember that!” (p. 31)
Sunniva of Werefold is the slave of her father and brothers. While her mother was freed from slavery before she married her father, Cena, after her mother’s death it became Sunniva’s duty to care for her vicious family. Used as bait to lure money from rich men, she dreams of the day when she can escape it all and find a little bit of peace and comfort for herself.
Marc de Sens is a warrior brought to England to train the old king’s soldiers in warfare. Not long after his arrival, the old king died and most of Marc’s family perished in a fire leaving him sole guardian of his three nieces.
Both Marc and Sunniva are on a pilgrimage when the flames of war blast its demand for England’s warriors to enter into battle with the country’s Norman invaders. As Sunniva’s father and brothers depart, she takes a breath knowing that her freedom is around the corner.
Little does she know that Marc has every intent of winning her over into the protection of his arms.
It’s been awhile since I’ve read a newly published historical romance. I missed the knowledge that comes with all the research the authors do.
A Knight’s Captive by Lindsay Townsend is set in Northern England in 1066. King Harold is about to defend England from the Vikings which means the nobles are being called to war, along with most able bodied men. This call to war leaves young Sunniva alone on a pilgrimage after her family goes to battle and her servants drug, rob, and abandon her.
Enter Marc. He’s already protected her from a would be slaver and her family. A God fearing, gentle warrior, Marc has placed Sunniva upon a pedestal because of her sunny disposition and beauty. He admires her attitude towards his wards and is sexually drawn to her. But after her brother tells him something that is at odds with the Sunniva he thought he knew, he finds himself keeping secrets and questioning her every move.
The premise is an old, well used, and always interesting one to me. A woman is abused and then love comes to rescue her. There are always misunderstandings, but love conquers all. A Knight’s Captive begins like that, but where a lot of novels have a touch of religion, it goes out of its way to place a lot of emphasis on Christianity. I understand that back in the day religion played a heavy role (thus pilgrimages, etc.), but I was overwhelmed by the use of prayer and religion.
I know some people like this, but I’m more of a subtle girl. I enjoy the mentioning of a prayer line and then a head bowed in prayer or eyes closed in meditation. That is not what I got and I became sidetracked before losing interest.
I will not be reading A Knight’s Captive again, but because my reason for disliking it is all based on personal preference you might want to give it a try.