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Untamed  (Medieval, Bk 1)
Untamed - Medieval, Bk 1
Author: Elizabeth Lowell
UNVANQUISHED — A hero of the crusades, Dominic le Sabre has return to Scotland in glory and in triumph to claim his reward: the beautiful Saxon bride awarded to him be the conqueror king. But Lady Margaret of the Blackthorne cannot yield to the bold Norman invader. The beloved daughter of a sacred tribe of the celtic mystics, she fears an ancient...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780380769537
ISBN-10: 0380769530
Publication Date: 3/1/1993
Pages: 416
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3.8 stars, based on 205 ratings
Publisher: Avon
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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reviewed Untamed (Medieval, Bk 1) on + 70 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
This is the first of 3 books that are connected.

Untamed is Dominic le Sabre and Lady Margaret of Blackthorne (Norman-Saxon match)
Forbidden is Duncan (Meg's brother) and Amber the Untouched (she is a truthsayer)
Enchanted is Simon the Loyal (Dominic's brother) and Ariane

These can be read in any order but are more fun if you read them in story line order. The level of "mystical" increases through the three books.
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Helpful Score: 3
I was unable to finish this book. What eventually did me in was the tedious overuse of the "falcon" metaphor, although that was only one straw of many that broke my back. I only managed to get to page 160, but by that point the whole "falcon" imagery had been beaten like a dead horse. It was obvious and contrived anyway, and only a skillful writer could have taken a dud device like that and made it somewhat tolerable. This Lowell could not do. Throw in a slow-moving plot where nothing really happens (the pacing was agonizingly slow), a heroine straight from an embarrasingly high-scoring Mary Sue Litmus Test, a risible mysticism/curse, and a really unlikeable "hero", and you have a total dog of a book. Woof, man. Woof.
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Helpful Score: 2
I really enjoyed these characters, they didn't act like the typical stereotypes of conquering knights and helpless maidens. I can't wait to start reading the next in the series
reviewed Untamed (Medieval, Bk 1) on + 39 more book reviews
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Great novel set in the days of Knights and Maidens. Don't miss continued story with some same characters in Forbidden and Enchanted.
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I liked the other two books in the trilogy better. Those I'm keeping.
Lady Margaret marries the Norman knight Dominic le Sabre in the hope that he can protect her Saxon home, Blackthorne Keep, during troubled times. In marrying him, she defies the dying wish of John of Cumbriland, who raised her: that she wed his illegitimate son, Duncan of Maxwell. Meg and Dominic are surrounded by threats: Duncan is poised to disrupt the wedding; Eadith, Meg's attendant, hates the Normans, who killed "her husband, father, brothers, and uncles" (women relatives seem of no concern); Meg's powerful home-brewed medicine has been stolen and her "Glendruid" psychic powers indicate impending danger.
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reviewed Untamed (Medieval, Bk 1) on + 113 more book reviews
4.5/5.0

Reading any novel set in the medieval era, when a woman was considered less than a man's animals and whose only value was all too often only for breeding purposes, is always somewhat hard even as it is interesting. In "Untamed", Lowell has done an admirable job of allowing those realities to come through, showing the hardships inflicted on a female while keeping the "romance" aspect from getting mired in the bogs of offense.

Lady Margaret comes from a long line of Celtic mystics and has been blessed with more land and riches than anyone save the king himself yet cursed with an ancient curse that requires great love be shared before a male heir will be born. That's a pretty serious curse considering the afore mentioned attitude of the era. It's also one that is completely disregarded by the man Olivia is commanded to marry, Dominic le Sabre.

If one is looking for great, tender escape for an afternoon and isn't horribly interested in the deep meanings of life and history, this one can't be beat.
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Lady Margaret of Blackthorne is being sold off to the highest bidder. She knows that. It is what happens to women in her position, the only child of the Saxon, John of Cumbriland, Lord of Blackthorne Keep. Her mother had disappeared many years earlier. Now her cruel, stern father is dying.

Dominic le Sabre is now a Norman knight. He was born a bastard, but was able to rise above his parentage and fight in a crusade in the Middle East. There he saved a baron's son as well as the battle. The Sword was then awarded knightship. King Henry I also gave him Lady Margaret and the lands she inherits.

Lord John wants his illegitmate son Dominic to become lord of Blackthorne Keep. Dominic wants a place away from war where he can be a land owner and treat the peasants under him well, a place of peace. He wants to found his dynasty of many sons. Margaret is also of the Glendruid line. There has been a curse on the Glendruids for a thousand years. They have few children, conceived in love only, never by force, and never sons. For the last ten centuries there have only been girls. Margaret is the current Glendruid witch.

Followed by "Forbidden" and "Enchanted."
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Could not put down. Loved story.

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