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In the Shadow of the Storm

Anna Belfrage

The King's Greatest Enemy: Book One

In the Shadow of the Storm

£10.99

ISBN 9781781324332

Published Nov 2015

Paperback
203 x 127mm (396 pages)

Adam stood to the side, flanked by his brothers, and watched as the bride came out of the great hall. Surrounded by a flock of women, she made her way carefully down the stairs, supported by her lady mother on one side. A gossamer-thin veil covered her hair, but a sudden gust of wind lifted the material and Adam caught a glimpse of locks the colour of chestnuts. She wore her hair loose, a statement of her virginity. It made Adam swallow back a rush of bile. He was not looking forward to the bedding, had no notion how he would react should he not find her a virgin. He laughed, converting the sound to a cough. He knew she wasn’t a virgin – his brother Guy had maliciously told him one sordid tale after the other, starring the baron and Katherine de Monmouth.

Adam de Guirande owes his lord, Roger Mortimer, much more than loyalty. He owes Lord Roger for his life and all his worldly goods, he owes him for his beautiful wife – even if Kit is not quite the woman Lord Roger thinks she is. So when Lord Roger rises in rebellion against the king, Adam has no choice but to ride with him – no matter what the ultimate cost may be.

England in 1321 is a confusing place. Edward II has been forced by his barons to exile his favourite, Hugh Despenser. The barons, led by the powerful Thomas of Lancaster, Roger Mortimer and Humphrey de Bohun, have reasons to believe they have finally tamed the king. But Edward is not about to take things lying down, and fate is a fickle mistress, favouring first one, then the other.

Adam fears his lord has over-reached, but at present Adam has other matters to concern him, first and foremost his new wife, Katherine de Monmouth. His bride comes surrounded by rumours concerning her and Lord Roger, and he hates it when his brother snickers and whispers of used goods.

Kit de Courcy has the misfortune of being a perfect double of Katherine de Monmouth – which is why she finds herself coerced into wedding a man under a false name. What will Adam do when he finds out he has been duped?

Domestic matters become irrelevant when the king sets out to punish his rebellious barons. The Welsh Marches explode into war, and soon Lord Roger and his men are fighting for their very lives. When hope splutters and dies, when death seems inevitable, it falls to Kit to save her man – if she can.

In the Shadow of the Storm is the first in Anna Belfrage’s new series, The King’s Greatest Enemy, the story of a man torn apart by his loyalties to his lord, his king, and his wife.



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