This book is written in a sort of antiquated faux medieval prose style. Quaint, but I didn't have any trouble getting used to it. It's really Simon's life story, beginning when he was a teenager, so it's more of an adventure than a romance. His eventual love interest does not show up until much later in the book, and as with many medievals, the sexual politics are a real throwback. Nevertheless, I was engrossed in his character and adventures, as portrayed by Heyer, and enjoyed it very much. Good historical details and some touches of humor too. That woman could really tell a story.
Interesting tale, told in a sort of high fantasy faux medieval style, about the rise of the talented bastard son of an English noble. Lots of chivalry, high flown language, honor, passionate declarations and adventure. It is, however, such a sanitized version of the era (no mud, no torture, hardly any mention of illness or brutality) that for me it is either a boy's/young adult novel or an outright fantasy. But after a while I got into it and enjoyed it for what it was. It's quite dated, though, so I wouldn't recommend it to everyone.