One of the few surviving contemporary images of Eleanor. She is
accompanied by a figure someties identified as her youngest son, John.
From: Mural in the Chapel of Sainte Radegonde
William I reigned as King of Scots from 1165 to 1214.
From Medieval Book Reviews
by Traci E. Hall
mystery, adventure and medieval romance all together!
Galiana Montehue's beauty brings her
suitors but not love. Indeed, her beauty is more a curse than a gift.
Her mother has taught her the perfect comportment of ladies, but she
does not have the family's magical powers she so eagerly desires. Her
parents are eager for their daughter to marry, but deep in her heart,
Galiana hopes for adventure, true love and magical power. Instead, she
injures a knight while trying to protect her brother, causing a head
injury that leaves Lord Rourke Wallis blind. Taken prisoner, Galiana is
forced to care for the handsome knight. Since he cannot see her, the
curse of her beauty does not influence his reactions to her. Indeed,
whereas other men worship her without ever knowing her, Rourke sees
Galiana as she truly is on the inside. As Rourke heals from his injury,
his quest to find the Breath of Merlin, a supernatural treasure stolen
from King William, leads both Rourke and Galiana into dangerous
territory. Will Galiana and Rourke be able to negotiate their way
amidst all the court intrigue, subterfuge and hidden alliances that
threaten their mission? Will the attraction between Galiana and Rourke
endure past the thrill of adventure?
In BEAUTY'S CURSE, the second of the Bodicea series featuring the
sisters of the magical Montahue family, Traci E. Hall takes medieval
magical romance to a new level as her characters search for an ancient
treasure! BEAUTY'S CURSE can be read as a stand alone as well as after
the first book, LOVE'S MAGIC, although the medieval romance enthusiasts
will certainly want to read both after getting a taste of the author's
writing. BEAUTY'S CURSE is a medieval romance full of adventure,
mystery and supernatural magic set in the late 12th century, a time of
political intrigue. Rourke makes for a most intriguing romance hero.
Although handsome and strong, strong at least before his injury,
ambition and a desire for power drive Rourke's intentions. As a spy
seemingly working for both sides, Rourke knows how to play the game and
work both sides to his advantage. When conflicting demands on his
allegiance come head to head, how will he choose? Galiana is beautiful
and knows how to act as a lady, and yet she has both an independent
spirit and strength of character. Rourke and Galiana are just the
perfect match to unleash each other's inner strength, setting each
other free to follow the dictates of their hearts rather than the ways
they have learned to survive the earlier disappointments of their lives.
BEAUTY'S CURSE is everything a reader could ask for in a medieval
romance. Traci E. Hall weaves together a historical setting and fairy
tale magic, adventure and romance into story that captures the
imagination. Once opened, BEAUTY'S CURSE is hard to put down and this
reader didn't. BEAUTY'S CURSE is the perfect stay-at-home snow or rainy
day reading choice. Traci E. Hall's writing flows naturally, making
this romance easy to read. One scene flows from the next. BEAUTY'S
CURSE will appeal to readers wanting more from their medieval romances.
Most definitely, the length gives readers more of a story and more of a
chance to know the wonderful characters, and to follow their adventures
but the richness of the story is more than simple page count alone.
Traci E. Hall writes a story with a richness of texture. The mystery
and Rourke's role as spy adds a layer of suspense while the romance
also has exciting twists. An easy mix between dialogue, action and
descriptive detail allows the reader to enter the world of the story.
Intriguing subplots peak one's interest while not distracting from the
main storyline. Interactions between the characters provide delightful
moments of humor. If you love magical medieval romance, Traci E. Hall
is a must read author!
Publisher: Medallion Press (November 2009)
Reviewed by Merrimon,
Medieval Book Reviews