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Bladesong: 1151 in the Holy Land (The Troubadours Quartet Book 2)

Bladesong: 1151 in the Holy Land (The Troubadours Quartet Book 2)
Troubadours Quartet Book 1: 'Song at Dawn' is FREE Winner of the Global Ebook Award for Best Historical Fiction

A masterpiece. A historical feast.' C.M.T.Stibbe, Chasing Pharoahs 1151: the Holy Land

Estela, the troubadour, is following the destiny of her beautiful voice. Dragonetz, her passionate knight has a dangerous mission to fulfill; divided by the times they love in, they fight to be together.Imprisoned in Damascus, Dragonetz suffers the mind games inflicted by his anonymous enemies, as he is forced to remember the traumatic events of the crusade, two years earlier.

His military prowess is as valuable and dangerous to the balance of power as the priceless Torah he has to deliver to Jerusalem, and the key players want Dragonetz riding with them - or dead.Instead of remaining safely at home, Estela is desperate to rescue Dragonetz at all costs. She sets out for the Holy Land, never realising that the person she thinks will be her knight's saviour might actually be his doom.

Can Estela get him out alive, despite Nur-ad-Din, the Muslim Atabeg; Mélisende, the Queen of Jerusalem; and an avenger from the past? Will she still want to, when she knows what they've done to him?Once more 'the master of historical intrigue' whirls the reader off into medieval mayhem. Jean Gill's details of crusading strategy and riding a camel are as convincing as the pangs of medieval childbirth. She brought medieval France to life in 'Song at Dawn'; now she adds 12th century Damascus and Jerusalem with equal aplomb.'Wonderful. If you love historical romance and adventure, you must pick up this series!'Autumn Birt, The Rise of the Fifth Order.

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In Book 2 of Jean Gill’s brilliantly written Troubadours Quartet Series, “Bladesong: 1151 in the Holy Land”, the author once again takes the reader into a long ago world of intrigue and romance. Gill’s ability to capture the essence of the time period borders on magic. With much of the story taking place in Damascus and Jerusalem, Gill creates the flavor of the Middle East with an incomparable skill. The sights and scents of post Crusade Damascus are rich throughout the segment. Bravely taking on the issues of homosexuality and drug addiction in a time when the subjects were virtually incomprehensible to the Europeans, “Oltra mar”, Gill is able to create a view of the time period that is rarely produced in literature.

Following the lives of her characters, Estela and Dragonetz, when they are separated, while maintaining the passions of their love, is a daunting challenge. Gill steps up and does so eloquently. Even as they encounter new characters, and face confrontations with familiar characters, the essence of their ardor is never lost. As they negotiate the daily challenges of their lives, their thoughts are often on one another, recognizing that time and distance may have cooled the desire of the other.

As usual Gill adds real historical people to her tale, effectively developing their personas and making them a believable addition to what is a riveting tale of political intrigue and white hot passion.

I highly recommend this lovely Second Book in the series as I eagerly await Book Three. It is obvious there are more adventures in store for Estela, Dragonetz, Nici, Gilles, Raoulf, and Txamusca.

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