Also in this series: Warwolfe , The Wolfe , Nighthawk: Sons of de Wolfe, Dark Destroyer
Series: de Wolf Pack #2
Published by Dragonblade Publishing on April 28, 2014
Genres: Historical Romance, Medieval Era, Wales
Narrator: Brad Wills
Length: 13 Hours and 21 Mins
1283 A.D. - Edward I is in the midst of his campaign to tame the Welsh, but rising from the chaos is a Welsh knight known as the Serpent. Bhrodi ap Gaerwen de Shera is a warrior of tremendous range and power. Descended from the kings of Anglesey on his mother's side and the earls of Coventry on his father's, Bhrodi is in the unique position of having Welsh royalty and English nobility. Edward knows he must make an alliance with de Shera. With that in mind, Edward calls upon the mightiest warrior of the north, the legendary William de Wolfe, to pledge one of his daughters to de Shera. William is honored by the king's calling; he pledges his youngest daughter, Lady Penelope Adalira de Wolfe, to be the Serpent's bride. But the Lady Penelope is no ordinary woman; raised by knights, she has been trained by the best and, in spite of her mother's protests, she fights like a knight. Exquisitely beautiful with dark hair and hazel eyes, she is an unearthly beauty and a fine legacy for the mighty de Wolfe. But Penelope has no desire to be a bartered bride and she resists the king's directive, but her reluctance is futile. Join Bhrodi and Penelope as they journey through a world where the greed of men breeds great hatred yet great valor. When Bhrodi is injured in a skirmish, Penelope steps in for her husband to lead the Serpent's men against the hated English and realizes she must face her own father on the battlefield. Will Penelope survive The Wolfe? Or will The Serpent's strike become her very own, conquering those she loves?
As I have become more and more familar with this Wolfe family, I am always amazed at how charmed and endeared I become with each story. This family is quickly easing its way into my heart and I have NO complaints. They are definitely one of my favorite family series that I have ever had the pleasure to pick up. They make me laugh, they make me cry, and they make me want to cheer them on through their tear and struggles but also their triumphs and joys. In the last book that I read “Night Hawk” we were introduced to the heroine of the story….Penelope. Now in Night Hawk, she was just a young girl, about three and obsessed with sword fighting and definitely had both of her parents wrapped around her little finger. Over the years she has been spoiled rotten, being raised as a “knight” like her brother and is just as cunning and talented as the rest of her family. But now she is mature and an adult, and furious with her father because he agreed to a marriage for her and some warlord of Wales. And boy I got a kick of seeing her putting her father and brothers in their place, she definitely is crafty and creative. It was really such a blast to become familar with this family once again and see the kids all grown up with families of their own.
The story actually begins in the modern day (cool how this author does this) where we have a team of scientists going over a field, where a simply country farmer in Wales, discovered a dead body. But upon further investigation, they learn that there is a huge amount of bodies, and bodies that are in pieces and amongst these bodies there is a creature, a creature that is not animal or human….its a DINO!!! And they stumble across a sword with precious stones and this is where the story begins which then takes us back to 1283 A.D.
Penelope isn’t fully willing to marry a man she has never met, especially one with such a brutal reputation. But William de Wolfe, knew that no man would ever be worthy of his girl who can fight better than most men he knows. He knew that even though it wasn’t the easiest course of action, losing his baby girl, he also feels its the right decision and after losing one of his sons months earlier in a battle against the Welch, he refuses to lose any more of his children. We see that this family is still dealing with the grief and sorrow of losing one of their own. It just about breaks your heart, But you also see the strength and loyalty that they have for each other. Penelope is one of a kind, so rare and unique of a heroine. She is a fighter, loves to hunt and to train horses, but she also has a compassionate spirit and is quite intelligent and cunning. At first she refuses to marry a stranger, but when she realizes that this could be a chance for peace with the Welch and could prevent losing any more members of her family, she becomes more accepting of the idea.
I was simply swept up away in this story and a romance that has an arranged marriage trope….SIGN ME UP!! I love these set up’s in historical romance, they just make me so giddy especially when I know its a story I will fall in love with which I did from the beginning. I was easily caught up in the events that begin this tale. Our hero is quite delightful. He is considered to be the “king” of the welch, he is a warrior and has fought in many battles but also has a heart of sorrow. He lost his wife and child previously, and didn’t think he could open himself up but when he meets Penelope he knows that he wants her for himself. She is vibrant and makes him laugh and her fighting spirit matches his own.
I truly didn’t want to put this book down, I fell hard for both Bhrodi and Penelope, and they are just perfect for each other. There are many complexities that are brought into this story, especially with the events of the era, and the King wanting the end of Wales and any that oppose him despite the marriage between Penelope and Bhrodi that was suppose to begin peace. We see how quickly Bhrodi and Penelope fall in love and how much they are willing to fight for each other. Once again I have fallen hard for this author’s work and I just can’t seem to put her down. It seems like I just want to pick all of her books up and read them because they are THAT good!! I love the details and the emotion and how this story just came alive . I will say that other than book one, this might be my second favorite book from this author. If you love medieval era historical romance….GRAB this author NOW, I promise you will fall in love with her work.