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Friday, November 15, 2013

...dearest enemy!

The Commander's Desire by Jennette Green

715 AD Galwyddel, a Scottish kingdom far to the west of Northumbria.
Caught on the horns of a dilemma, Elwytha has a choice to make, honour or vengeance.
When Elwytha agreed to sue for a false peace with the waring neighbouring kingdom, little did she know that her plans would be thwarted time and time again. Elwytha was ordered by her brother, now King, to kill The Commander, overseer of their enemy's army, revenge for murdering their older  brother, King Thor, so foully. Her brother Richard, now King, plans to use Elwytha as the bait to trap their enemy and finally win the war. Elwytha searches for the truth.
But truth was a will-o-the-wisp, eluding the outstretched hands of the seekers at every turn.
Even though the outcome is foreseeable, I found the characters and the storyline engaging. The Prince, portrayed as a layabout with eyes that saw more than one guessed at. The Commander a man misjudged by his appearance, and the Elwytha, the warrior princess, haughty yet vulnerable, and fighting the truth before her eyes. Truth which is hidden in her heart.      
Her brother King Richard plays a deep game. I was able to make an informed guess at the 'truth' well before the some of the characters arrived there. I think this increased the tension of the novel, despite that from the sidelines, I was encouraging various characters in all sorts of directions.
A tad predictable yet a pleasing read that I found hard to put down.

A NetGalley ARC

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