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April 29, 2008

Review: Master of Surrender by Karin Tabke

Filed under: Review — Tags: , , — 1shellie @ 7:34 pm
Master of Surrender by Karin Tabke

I am going to be really honest here. I really didn’t know what to expect when I started this book. As a general rule, I don’t read many medieval romances. It’s not that I don’t like them, because I do. I just don’t seek them out. Well, after reading Master of Surrender by Karin Tabke, I am going to give the genre some serious reconsideration from now on!

Our story starts in the year 1059 at Jubb Prison, Viseu, Iberia. Rohan de Luc, the bastard son of a Norse nobleman, and his men are imprisoned and are close to death. They are shackled, starved and tortured. Just as they are about to be executed, they are saved by a mysterious old woman. Before the weary men can thank her, she cuts them all on the chin and claims that the blood on the dagger unites them. She calls them the Knights of the Blood Sword and states that their seed will only be fertile with the women destined to bear them sons. But, it comes with the high price of spilling the blood of her kin. Seven years later, the Saxon and the Norse are fighting to rule England. Rowan, and his men known as the Black Swords, have earned the reputation of being fierce and ruthless.

Saxon Lady Isabel of Alethorpe can’t believe her eyes when Rowan comes to her father’s estate and claims it under the name of William the Conqueror. Her father and brother are away at war against the Norse, so she is responsible for the lands and the surrounding villages.  When she sees that she can not stop Rowan and his men from taking over the estate, she barters and fights to keep everyone she feels she is responsible for safe…even if that means surrendering her body to the handsome Norman.

I really liked the characters in this book. Isabel and Rowan are both smart, strong and loyal. First to their country, then to one another. Rohan hasn’t had love in his life. Having a mother who didn’t care about him and being hated because of his lineage, he has only had his men to rely on.

The relationship between Rowan and Isabel was truly a beautiful thing to read. Both characters are noble and stubborn. When they first meet they are attracted to one another despite the fact that they are enemies. Their relationship gradually builds from mistrust and anger to respect and friendship and eventually love. Their chemistry was sizzling throughout the novel and when they finally admitted their love for one another, it was simply a beautiful thing to read. But, there are secrets between them and a fierce war that can tear the young lovers apart. Will their love conquer all, or will it be lost forever?

I loved this book! Between the very satisfying ending and the supporting cast of characters, it is a fast, entertaining read. I found myself really caring about Rohan and Isabel and the outcome of their relationship. I hated for his book to end! I can only hope that this is the beginning of a wonderful series for the other Black Swords! They all have potential to be great Heroes in their own stories. Master of Surrender by Karin Tabke has found a place on my keeper shelf and I look forward to revisiting Rohan and Isabel for many years to come.


Reviewed by Shellie


1 Comment »

  1. thanks for the honest review! I have the book on order and cant wait for it! I love historical romances with both heart and heat, and this one looks like it will more than deliver.

    Comment by KarLyn — June 16, 2008 @ 12:59 pm

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