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Devil's colt, a shadow rider, a horse midwife, and a murder
to be avenged in 14th century England!
Sir Guy of Warwick is
on a mission to avenge the murder of his sister
and her child, but first, this shadow rider, a man haunted by their
deaths and half dead more than alive in his soul, must discover the
murderer's identity and have proof of the crime. Horse midwife Sybilla
Corbuc awaits the foaling of her mare. Everything rests upon the birth
--- her heart, her financial future, and indeed her very freedom. The
local village priest Father Ambrose has forbidden the practice of horse
midwives under the threat of severe penalties in an effort to stamp out
witchcraft. When Addy delivers her foal, with Sybilla's help, it could
not be worse --- a black colt with four white stockings, a devil's
colt! Seeing Sybilla threatened by the local church, Sir Guy spots an
opportunity to free himself from charges of theft and to achieve his
long quest. The seer Lady Morna had predicted that a colt matching this
description would lead him to the murderer. Striking up a bargain to
protect themselves, can the birth of this mystical colt bring these two
together or will one of them finally succeed in wrestling Regalo from
the other's control? With danger at every corner, can Sybilla and Sir
Guy protect the colt, find the murderer and keep safe from all those
plotting against them?
In her second medieval historical romance, Kathrynn Dennis gives
her readers a fabulous medieval tale of passionate romance and riveting
adventure centered around a horse, a strong independent heroine, and a
sexy, mysterious wounded hero. Sybilla is a woman accomplished in the
art of healing animals and a woman bent on freedom. At odds with the
local religious authorities for her power to heal animals, she has a
gift that cannot be denied, especially not when it comes to care of
this special foal. Sir Guy is as handsome as he is dangerous,
especially as his past comes to the forefront. Haunted by guilt and
grief over his sister's murder, he will do anything to seek justice.
Forced together by need and prophecy, Sybilla and Guy must learn to
trust one another. In the creation of her hero and heroine, Kathrynn
Dennis creates a romance that touches the heart as Sybilla and Sir Guy
wrestle with an inner vulnerability from the past while also facing
danger from several corners, known and unknown.
SHADOW RIDER draws the reader into the characters' emotional lives.
In describing the financial hardships and the tough choices they have
to make, Kathrynn Dennis brings her readers right into the medieval
world as well as into the intimate dreams and difficulties of families.
Readers will be particularly moved by the portrait of Sybilla and her
mother, a portrait that shows Sybilla's determination and her strength
of character. Kathrynn Dennis has a knack for writing some wicked
villains in her romances and the villains here were so perfect --- and
so medieval! Oh, my, were there some exciting twists and nice surprises
towards the end of the book! SHADOW RIDER sets up a fantastic backdrop
with its combination of societal intrigue and personal vendettas from
which the romance of her characters achieves a richness and emotional
depth from which the goodness of her main characters truly shines.
Kathrynn Dennis' veterinary profession along with her knowledge of
medieval horsemanship gives her medieval romances a unique, fine
insight and style within the genre. SHADOW RIDER s a must read for
horse lovers and medieval junkies alike!
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Sybilla Corbuc has
an uncommon understanding of the horses she cares
for, but there are men who distrust such wisdom in a woman. Forced to
become a nobleman's servant to avoid prison, Sybilla finds herself
bound by chains that are stronger still—she cannot deny her passionate
feelings for her new master, Sir Guy of Warwick. Neither is prepared to
submit to the other, but his dark eyes and his unbridled desire are too
potent a force to resist…
together by the birth of a
mysterious colt, an animal of supernatural power that may foretell
their destiny, they embark upon a perilous journey as the kingdom
crumbles around them, a journey that will bring them ever closer to
each other—and to the danger that lies ahead. And only love can save