SHADOWWOLFE by Kathryn Le Veque
Series: Sons of de Wolfe, Book 4
Publisher: Dragonblade Publishing, Inc
Released: July 27, 2017
Genre: Medieval Historical Romance
In the battle between grief and love, only the strongest will survive….
1272 A.D. – Recovering from a great tragedy that had befallen his family, Scott de Wolfe, eldest son of William de Wolfe and Jordan Scott, has become a career knight with no feeling, no compassion. As a premier knight for Henry III, Scott has been tasked with the management of the massive fortress of Castle Canaan after the death of the castle’s commander. Although it seems like a simple enough task, little does Scott know that the moment he enters this fortress is the moment his life will change… forever.
Lady Avrielle du Rennic is reeling over the death of her husband and she blames de Wolfe for it. Fed by grief, she lashes out at the big knight who has come to take her husband’s place and, eventually, take the fortress. Scott has no patience for the woman in mourning but he stops short of punishing her because she is the mother to three small children. When Scott happens to save one of her children from certain doom, a path of healing and understanding begin for them both but when the king intervenes to take Avrielle and her children away, Scott must fight for what has become precious to him. He cannot stand to lose another family.
Lying back against the green brocade of the cloak Nathaniel had given her, Avrielle’s mind was whirling with pan and dread and anxiety. She waited for Scott to run off in search of his surgeon, but he remained by her side, watching her without fear. In fact, he seemed quite comfortable watching her suffer and she eyed him warily. “Well?” she asked. “Where is your physic? Aren’t you going to summon him?” Scott shook his head. “He is tending my wounded, men far worse off than you. I shall attend you myself.” She frowned fiercely and pushed herself up on her elbows. “I think not.” He cocked an eyebrow. “Do you plan to give birth by yourself, then? Shall I turn my back while you shoot this child out like the cork from a bottle?” Avrielle scowled, but slowly, she lay back down. “Turn your back and do not watch,” she said threateningly. “I’ll not have you…looking at me. Tis not proper, childbirth or no.”
Tragedy strikes and no one really knows how they will handle it until it is threatening your doorstep. Everyone grieves differently, but time heals all—isn’t that how the saying goes? Le Veque has a riveting and powerful, yet tragic story surrounding circumstances that befall the characters within this story. Readers will become enamored by this story which has heartbreak, solace, adventure, and some fun banter among the knights and residents of Castle Canaan to lighten the mood from time to time.
Scott de Wolfe is known to many across the land as the Black Adder and for good reason too. Away from his castle, tending to some errands on behalf of his father, his wife and two children along with his brother’s family fall victim to a collapsing bridge. Upon his return to his family home, the news devastates him. Instead of grieving with his remaining family, he walls his heart up and becomes unrecognizable. He leaves his home and becomes someone who has no emotion, someone who tears his enemies apart with his bare hands in battle. For years, he operates this way, with no word to his father or the two sons that he has left. As he heads to Castle Canaan for the King, he begins to feel a change. Lady du Rennic has just lost her husband and is due to give birth at any moment. Nathaniel du Rennic took an arrow in battle that should have been meant for him and he fears he could never hope to win over her trust with the lingering guilt over the death of his family and Nathaniel. As the days pass, both Scott and Avrielle begin to connect over their tragedies and with Scott’s affection growing toward her children, they realize that they may need each other far more than they would like to admit. Scott knows that he can’t let his feelings get in the way of his mission which only seems to get more involved and problematic by the minute. Not only do the du Rennic knights blame Scott for Nathaniel’s death, Scott also has to break the news that Avrielle must remarry to strengthen their allegiance to the King—and—if that isn’t enough, there may be trouble on the horizon with a neighboring lord who wants the castle for himself.
Le Veque has an appealing story, one that pulls on heartstrings and tests her characters. All of her characters are strong and well developed as is the originality and credibility of the story. The book is fairly well-written to boot. It is easy to find yourself immersed in the lives of these characters, feeling the pain that they’ve suffered and the joy that they find. If you are a reader of historical romance or medieval romance, this story may be perfect for you. This is the fourth installment in the de Wolfe Pack; however, these stories can all be read as standalones.
A copy of this book was provided to Turning Another Page by Aurora Publicity and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a five-star rating to ShadowWolfe by Kathryn Le Veque.
KATHRYN LE VEQUE is a critically acclaimed USA TODAY Bestselling author, a charter Amazon All-Star author, and a #1 bestselling, award-winning, multi-published author in Medieval Historical Romance and Contemporary Romance.
Kathryn is a multiple award nominee and winner, including the winner of Uncaged Book Reviews Magazine “Raven Award” for Favorite Medieval Romance (Vestiges of Valor) and Favorite Cover, all Genres (Queen of Lost Stars). Kathryn is also a multiple RONE nominee, holding the record for the number of nominations. In 2018, her novel WARWOLFE was the winner in the Romance category of the Book Excellence Award. Kathryn is considered one of the top Indie authors in the world with over a million copies in circulation, and her novels have been translated into several languages.
What makes Kathryn’s books so unforgettable? Epic adventures, rich and detailed characters, and a romance that will stay with you long after the story is over. She crafts great tales of love, battles, passion, and romance in the High Middle Ages.
In addition to her own published works, Kathryn is also the President/CEO of Dragonblade Publishing, a boutique publishing house specializing in Historical Romance, and the President/CEO of DragonMedia Publishing, a publishing house that publishes the Pirates of Britannia Connected World series. In July 2018, Kathryn launched yet another publishing house, WolfeBane Publishing, which publishes the World of de Wolfe Pack Connected series (formerly Kindle Worlds).