I chose this one because the blurb sounded good, it was set in historic Ireland and it was a new to me author to try. A big plus was that it was right around St. Patrick’s Day for me and I had my traditional Irish-themed read for the day.
So with eagerness, I dove in and…lasted a chapter. This book might contain one of the best written historical settings, plot, and even characters for all I know, but I couldn’t get past the heroine who made Shakespeare’s shrewish Kate seem like a honeylamb. All the advantages of being a princess and she’s just a spoiled brat with a murderous meanstreak.
The book opens with the heroine haranguing her father the king because he hired a Norman knight to train the men and analyze the castle’s defenses. All she has against him is that he’s Norman. He stands there and takes her insults, digs, and attempts to rile him with patience. Then they find out a local village is being pillaged so all- including Her Prissiness- race to stop the brigands. The princess races her horse ahead of the group and the Norman knight tries to get her to be reasonable and wait for reinforcements. Her race into the danger of a huge group of outlaws forces him to charge in behind her and protect her. She gets grabbed with a knife at her throat- surprise- and the knight shoots down her attacker. His thanks? No, there was no thanks. When her father and the other men got there, she accused the knight of trying to kill her and refused to refute the lie so that the knight would be sent away or even killed by her family’s loyal men as she road away dusting her hands of him.
That was it, I was done. That is not a character I want to read any more about.
Maybe the blurb sounds good to you and you want to give it a try. I couldn’t read anymore, but maybe others can and will find things take a twist and make for a good story.
My thanks to Net Galley for the opportunity to read this in exchange for an honest review.