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The lion in glory
Drake, Shannon.
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Publication Information:
New York : Kensington Pub. Corp., [2003]

Physical Description:
558 pages ; 18 cm.
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Chronology (p. [477]-494).
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The tides of war have turned for the valiant Scots led by King Robert the Bruce, and they boldly reclaim lands still ruled by the English. When Jamie Graham comes to seize Hamstead Heath, he has no need for a captive -- not even one as beautiful and spirited as Christina, the manor's chatelaine but after her attempts to trick him fail, she insists that he take her away as his hostage. Though he is certain this confounding woman is trying to play him for a fool, Jamie is determined to claim the sweet temptation she offers.Christina has but one goal in mind -- to flee her brother from the fortress of the new English king who has accused her family of treason. Her growing love for her unwilling captor is both unexpected and thrilling, yet it must not deter her mission -- to master the art of jousting, win a tournament in disguise, and secure her brother's release. She cannot foresee the twist of fate that will threaten all she holds dear: her life, her land...and the man who has captured her heart.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Stuffed full of historical detail and bloody battles, the newest installment in Drake's 14th-century Graham family series (Knight Triumphant, etc.) pits a resourceful Englishwoman against an overbearing Scottish warrior, but the resulting romance is more likely to irritate than entertain. The novel opens with an overview of Robert the Bruce's rise to power, which was helped along by funds exacted from fearful English families living on the borderlands. Lady Christina of Hamstead Heath is one of those fearful English, and when Bruce's men, led by Sir James Graham, arrive at her manor demanding money, she finds herself without anything to offer them but herself. James reluctantly agrees to take her hostage but soon comes to regret his decision. The two argue constantly. Their prime disagreement concerns Christina's brother, who has been wrongly accused of committing treason against the crown. Christina is determined to save Steven by sacrificing herself to the English lord who is holding him prisoner, but James refuses to let her do so. Rather than discuss the matter rationally, they insult and torment each other and then have sex. To the reader's dismay, this cycle continues ad nauseam. Though the story is rich in history, the protagonists' constant head-butting makes for an exceedingly tedious read. (Jan.) Forecast: Drake also writes contemporary romantic intrigues as Heather Graham, but don't expect considerable crossover sales. This carefully researched tale may interest Braveheart aficionados, but fans of modern fare will likely find it too dense for their palates. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved