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Subject: Question about Shadow Dance Julie Garwood--Spoiler
Date Posted: 1/18/2009 7:33 PM ET
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I understand that I read some books out of order, but I would like some answers!!  I don't like to read a lot of books by the same author, so I will probably take a break from Garwood for a while.  I first read Shadow Music and LOVED it.  Next, I found Shadow Dance.  The characters have the same last names, so I expected that they would be related (maybe sequels?).  I have since seen the order from someone within this section of the discussion board.......... and that confuses me even more, because I didn't see Shadow Music on there at all.

Anyway, I'm babbling.

I kept expecting Jordan to say something in Shadow Dance about Lady Gabrielle or someone from the other book.  It didn't happen.  Was the treasure the gold from the statue of St. Biel??  The ending really confused me.  "It all started with a lie."  Does the lie have anything to do with the gold hidden in the statues?  If not, what in the world was the lie???

I thought it was well written, but I liked the ending of Shadow Music much better.  It was so neatly tied and securely completed.....  where this one just left me wondering what in the world had just happened.

Thanks for your help:)

Date Posted: 1/18/2009 8:09 PM ET
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The gold found in the statues of St. Biel is the  treasure of St. Biel. The lie is that there was no St. Biel. King Grenier made up the story of St. Biel to protect his people from the Crusaders. As stated in the story "an attack on them would be an attack on the pope". So he made up the saint and sent in a token amount of gold to the pope while keeping the rest hidden. This is also the reason the statues were never put inside the churches. Because it would have been blasphemous since the saint didn't actually exist.


Edited to add:

I liked Shadow Music much better than Shadow Dance. Garwood's historicals have a "certain something" that I feel is missing in her contempories. Her contemps are good, but there are other writers out there just as good or better (ie: Linda Howard). Her historicals are awesome. She is one of the best. I have her whole historical collection on my keeper shelf, but I've reposted all her contemps.

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Date Posted: 1/19/2009 8:24 AM ET
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The modern day Buchannans are the decendents of the Buchannans in the historical. In one of the modern books one of the Buchannans marries a Clayborne, who is a decendent of the Claybornes in "For the Roses".

Date Posted: 1/20/2009 7:24 PM ET
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Thanks for clearing that up a bit.  I'm still confused about the end of Shadow Dance.  Is the lie about the treasure of St. Biel?