Reviewed by Cath Ford
When the crown Prince of Lyonesse is assassinated, his fiery daughter, Catherine, is taken to Aquitaine, where she is raised at the royal court and given two ladies-in-waiting to protect her from all who conspire against her.
Now that the time has come for Catherine to return to Lyonesse, she finds herself surrounded by enemies. Danger lies around every corner, but Catherine will not stop until she has overcome her oppressors and taken what is rightfully hers.
She may just live to claim her crown.
Reading the synopsis for this lovely book I was ready for a sweeping historical adventure in the same vein as Philippa Gregory whose writing I always enjoy. I was not expecting such a fabulous range of varied female characters though and such a great story about friendship.
The backdrop for the story is the sumptuous surroundings of the Aquitaine Court where plotting, intrigue and treachery are the norm a young princess is learning the skills she needs to become the Queen her country deserves whilst in a lonely exile – at the age of 14 she is faced with choices about who will prove the best match as a husband to provide the military strength and protection for Lyonesse to enable her to take her rightful place in the future.
In a glorious moment Princess Catherine is admonishes her Grandmother for hiding to eavesdrop on a potential alliance – when the Grandmother asks how she knew, Catherine replies that she had been doing the same thing since she was a small child.
Catherine is a wonderful character but I also loved her feisty ladies in waiting, the book made a brilliant companion for whiling away some autumn afternoons in front of the fire which meant I didn’t quite get all the decorating I had planned done. I was really disappointed to reach the end and not to have another story by Rick Robinson picking up where it leaves off.
If you’re a fan of Philippa Gregory, Alison Weir or Anne Obrien, this is a new writer just for you, but just don’t blame me if you end up behind on your decorating too!
RRP: £7.99 (paperback)
Available to buy from Amazon here.