Monday, September 20, 2010

Shadow Music by Julie Garwood

Book Description:
Throughout her acclaimed writing career, Julie Garwood has captivated readers with characters who are compelling, daring, and bursting with life. Now one of the most popular novelists of our time proudly returns to her beloved historical romance roots in a thrilling tale of love, murder, adventure, and mystery set against the haunting landscape of medieval Scotland. For Princess Gabrielle of St. Biel, Scotland is a land of stunning vistas, wild chieftains, treacherous glens, and steep shadows, skullduggery, betrayal, and now murder. Prized for her exquisite beauty, the daughter of one of England's most influential barons, Gabrielle is also a perfect bargaining chip for a king who needs peace in the Highlands: King John has arranged Gabrielle's marriage to a good and gentle laird. But this marriage will never take place. For Gabrielle, everything changes in one last burst of freedom when she and her guards come upon a scene of unimaginable cruelty. With one shot from her bow and arrow, Gabrielle takes a life, saves a life, and begins a war. Within days, the Highlands are aflame with passions as a battle royal flares between enemies old and new. Having come to Scotland to be married, Gabrielle is instead entangled in Highland intrigue. For two sadistic noblemen, underestimating Gabrielle's bravery and prowess may prove fatal. But thanks to a secret Gabrielle possesses, Colm MacHugh, the most feared man in Scotland, finds a new cause for courage. Under his penetrating gaze, neither Gabrielle's body nor heart is safe. A gripping novel that delves into the heart of emotions -- unyielding passions of love, hate, revenge, and raw desire -- Shadow Music is magnificent gift from Julie Garwood and a crowning achievement in her amazing career.
My Thoughts:
I very much enjoyed this book. It is a fast paced book and keeps your attention from the first argument over the lovely Princess Gabrielle, who has the added lure of a mysterious fortune in her family legend. I was entranced by Gabrielle and her strength and cunning. She makes a wonderful counterpart to the Highlander, Brodrick, who seeks to help her. She has placed him in her debt before he even knows she exists.In spite of her beauty and gallantry, Gabrielle is put in a very precarious position by two men who both want her for their own. Championed by a Scottish Highlander, Gabrielle must seek sanctuary. Gabrielle is the Princess of a small country taken over by England. One of her ancestors had managed to keep the Crusaders from bringing poverty to his country, but when it is taken by England, the country appears to be poor. Is there really a treasure? Both of the men who try to ruin Gabrielle want to know if she really posses the secret of the treasure. I give this book a 4/5. It is definately worth the read.

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