Book Review: Knight’s Blood by Julianne Lee

knightsbloodKnight’s Blood by Julianne Lee

Lindsay MacNeil returns to medieval Scotland seeking her newborn son–presumably kidnapped by Nemed, the elfin king. Once again in the guise of Sir Lindsay Pawlowski, she proves her worth among a group of rogue knights–and finds herself torn between reuniting with her family and embracing her warrior’s life.

Received in ebook format from Book View Cafe via the LibraryThing EarlyReviewers April 2013 Batch (a copy can be purchased here)

Back in the modern world, Alex hears that his wife Lindsay has given birth to their son. He returns to their London flat to hear that their unnamed son has been kidnapped and Lindsay has disappeared.

Seperately, both Lindsay and Alex return to 14th century Scotland – Lindsay to find her son, Alex to find both of them. Lindsay returns to being disguised as a soldier, despite having given birth only a few days before. She falls in with a group of mercenaries led by a fairy lord and under the banner of Nemed the elfin king and presumed kidnapper of her baby.

Alex returns to his castle 6 months after he left, and after a few days has a shock visitor – his adult son who he has never met, arriving on horseback under the American flag – a country that wont exist for another 400 years. Pointy eared and fey, his son bears an extreme hatred of his father (who he believes abandoned him into American foster care), and who has unexplained and unexplainable powers.

Much of the book is spend with Alex and Lindsay being apart and it’s only 2/3 of the book before they’re reunited. Whilst apart, Alex is made an Earl, and finds that he and Trefor are worlds apart and dont get on. Finally the three are reunited and return to the castle, whilst Lyndsey still refuses to accept the man a mere year younger than herself is the son she gave birth to mere months before. Alex then has the small task of staking claim to the new island that he has been given by the King when Alex was made Earl. The book ends in such a way as to keep some options open for the sequel.

The book contains language and scenes that some people might have issues with (some would call them “triggers”) so not really for those of a nervous disposition – I suspect that this is perhaps one of the reasons for some of the more negative reviews out there. There are a few typographical errors (words inserted after a “global replace” was done perhaps?) but they are minor. As with second books it seems to be a faster read than the first one, in part because both the author and the reader have already established the new world in the first book so dont have to recreate it (much!) in the second one

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