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Subject: Need some medieval historical recommendations
Date Posted: 2/6/2008 12:46 PM ET
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I've never been a big fan of historicals, unless they have men in kilts in them. I'm reading an ARC to review of Danger's Kiss by Sarah McKerrigan and I really like it, it takes place in 1250 and I want to read more like it. Anyone have any suggestions?

Date Posted: 2/6/2008 12:56 PM ET
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My Beloved by Karen Ranney.  One of the best medievals I've ever read.

And this series by Marsha Canham -

Through a Dark Mist  In the Shadow of Midnight  The Last Arrow

I don't think it gets much better than those.

Date Posted: 2/6/2008 1:19 PM ET
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Thanks! I ordered through a dark mist

Date Posted: 2/6/2008 1:44 PM ET
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I've heard a lot of people say - and I agree - that The Last Arrow is the best of the series, but we're talking about a pretty amazing series here.  All 3 books are 5 star quality, IMO.  VERY steamy, unique, unbelievably well written.  This is Marsha Canham's best stuff, and she's a great author.  She writes some of the most despicable villains I've ever read.  I'd pee myself if I encountered people this evil in real life.

Date Posted: 2/6/2008 3:19 PM ET
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I agree with Kim about Marsha Canham.

Also try Keeper of the Dream by Penelope Williamson

Kinley MacGregor (Born in Sin was my favorite)

Madeline Hunter also has a medieval series. www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/h/madeline-hunter/

Elizabeth Lowell has a medieval triology www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/l/elizabeth-lowell/

Paula Quinn

 

Date Posted: 2/6/2008 3:22 PM ET
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I've read some by Claudia Dain that weren't bad. Connie Mason also has some medievels that were ok. They were all set about that same time.

Date Posted: 2/6/2008 3:44 PM ET
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Oooh, Sherron!  *me claps hands*  You're reading Shanna!  I can't wait to see what you think...

I have that Elizabeth Lowell series - which AGAIN - I haven't read yet.  Bleh, I sound like a broken record...  TBR, TBR, TBR, TBR...

Date Posted: 2/6/2008 3:55 PM ET
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lol you would think I'm nuts for getting more books, my tbr is around 1040

Date Posted: 2/6/2008 3:57 PM ET
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OH MY!! I thought mine was big at 400.

My husband would kill me....

Date Posted: 2/6/2008 4:08 PM ET
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I haven't counted mine... I can't bear to.

Jo Beverley's medievals are excellent.

Date Posted: 2/6/2008 4:09 PM ET
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yea and mine is only print book, I have thousands of ebooks as well

Date Posted: 2/6/2008 9:20 PM ET
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The Maid of Lorne by Terri Brisbin. 

Date Posted: 2/6/2008 10:04 PM ET
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I could just see my hubby's face if I had 1040 books...  Lol - it would almost be worth it.  He never says anything, but he gets this look...  I've offered to yard sale about half of them - right along with half of his man things he leaves lying all over the house for me to stub my toes on.  That was sort of the conversation killer right there:) 

Date Posted: 2/7/2008 12:19 AM ET
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"yea and mine is only print book, I have thousands of ebooks as well"

remind me to never, ever figure out how to do ebooks!

Date Posted: 2/7/2008 2:53 AM ET
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I'd also recommend My Beloved, Madeline Hunter's medievals, Jo Beverley's (Lord of My Heart is one I read long ago coming to mind), Terri Brisbin, new author Paula Quinn.  Think you'll like any of those more than Connie Mason (read a couple years ago but not since).

I have a small bookstore in my house, and let's not even talk about the ebooks on the PC, lol.

Date Posted: 2/7/2008 1:24 PM ET
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Elizabeth Lowell's medieval series Untamed, Forbidden, Enchanted is outstanding.  I also recommend Madeline Hunter By Possession, By Design, By Arrangement.  Not a big fan of Julie Garwood; heros too cold and distant.



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Date Posted: 2/9/2008 7:29 PM ET
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Have you ever read Johanna Lindsey?  I think she's great.  I have one of her books on audio CD in my bookshelf.

Date Posted: 2/9/2008 7:55 PM ET
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You know I joined PBS so I could get rid of books and not have full bookshelves--and now thanks to you ladies, I have even more books in my house with a huge reminder list! Aggggghhhhh! I love it though :) and I love reading all your recommendations of authors I've never heard of before.

Date Posted: 2/9/2008 9:45 PM ET
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I did the same thing, and now have a couple hundred more than I had before.  And that's probably a conservative estimate...  I found PBS web surfing for some sort of online book swap.  I got tired of trading books I'd paid good money for, and had gently used, 2 or 3 for 1.  I didn't think I was going to find anything online either, because the first couple I looked at were absurd - 1 credit for your books, and 2 up to 5 credits for whatever you ordered.  Add postage into that, and you were getting bent over - without a kiss...  I finally found PBS on something like my second or third try at finding something, and this is it for me.  I doubt I'll find anything else I like better or just as well.  I've gotten rare & hard to find books here on WL offers that I had long since given up finding in a used bookstore.  That alone has made it well worth it to me.

Date Posted: 2/13/2008 7:49 PM ET
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I'd like to order some Marsha Canham ... if any of you have any on your shelf, let me know.  If I've not read it, I'll order from you.   thanks for these suggestions.

Date Posted: 2/13/2008 10:54 PM ET
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Karen, I have a bunch that I was going to post after I got rid of some of the clutter on my shelf with special offers, etc.  If you want, I can make a list of the ones I have and get back to you. 

Date Posted: 2/14/2008 9:03 AM ET
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bumping to get rid of deals postings

Date Posted: 2/14/2008 6:36 PM ET
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Kim, thanks, please do!

Date Posted: 2/14/2008 8:27 PM ET
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I have Canham's Through a Dark Mist, but keeping the Last Arrow, best of the Series (sorry, won't part with it) but I encourage you to read The Last Arrow.  It's on my top 5 of all time list.  Outstanding.  I've never heard or seen a bad review of it.  The Robin Hood myth, but about Robin's sister, Brenna.

Date Posted: 2/14/2008 9:24 PM ET
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Okies - Karen, I have extra copies of:

The Pride of Lions & The Blood of Roses

Under The Desert Moon

Across a Moonlit Sea

Through a Dark Mist & The Last Arrow

Straight for the Heart

Dark & Dangerous (that accursed contemporary)

All of them are in pretty good shape.  Straight for the Heart is a bit more worn than the others & has been covered in clear laminate to protect it.   I've been picking these up here & there for a while - even though I already have a set of her books, because I have extra copies of the pricey ones (Wind & the Sea, China Rose, and Bound by the Heart), and I thought I might ebay all of them one day - may her fans have mercy on my soul...  I love her books so much though, I'd really rather share them with people who haven't read them yet.  She's my fav historical author.

 

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