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Subject: I want to read about Knights and Pirates!
Date Posted: 6/14/2009 4:15 PM ET
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I am prone to planning my reading in themes and I think my next two themes will be the Middle Ages/medieval times, and pirates.  Can you guys make some good recommendations? I've put some of my likes and dislikes in my signature.  I've asked the nice folks over in Historical Fiction as well.  I can't wait to see what you guys come up with!



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Marsha Canham seems to be a favorite with most here - if you can handle the violence! I've only read one and it was written really well..like you were right there

I just read A Knight to Remember by Dodd..Once a Knight comes first but I followed along ok and enjoyed it. Now I'm reading Wild by Jill Barnett (2 books in a row about wounded knights nursed back to health)

I think some of Karen Marie Moning's Highlander books have knights but some magic stuff going on as well and some time travel in some.

Date Posted: 6/14/2009 5:22 PM ET
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What about that Robin Hood book that got raves?  About Will Scarlet?  What A Scondrel Wants by Carrie Lofty.

Date Posted: 6/14/2009 5:42 PM ET
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I loved these pirate books

A Pirate of Her Own by Kinley MacGregor

Master of Seduction by Kinley MacGregor

The Pirate Next Door by Jennifer Ashley

What a Pirate Desires by Michelle Beattie

Date Posted: 6/14/2009 6:24 PM ET
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There are a lot of authors - Juliana Garnet, Claire Delacroix, Shari Anton, Lynn Kurland among others but the following are authors I've read through the years and enjoyed a lot:

Roberta Gellis - more serious Medieval, awesome author
Rexanne Becnel
Elizabeth Chadwick - also more serious, not Medieval-light like some authors, terrific author
Margaret Moore - Harlequin Historica/HQN author, very, very good
Anila Mills, mainly known for Regencies, did a couple of Medievals
Deborah Simmons
Tina St. John
Shelly Thacker
Anne Stuart did a couple of classic Medieval hist/roms

I apologize for not having individuals titles.

Gail

 ETA to say I haven't read a lot of Pirate books per se - those I've read about were only secondary characters

 

 

 



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A cute contemporary book by Katie MacAlister is called Hard Day's Knight-deals with a Renaissance Faire.  Very funny.

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Katie MacAlister also has a pirate one, Blow Me Down, but they are pirates in a virtual world lol but it reads like they are really back in time...its a good book.

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Date Posted: 6/14/2009 9:18 PM ET
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For My Lady's Heart by Laura Kinsale

My Beloved by Karen Ranney



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Gail, what are Roberta Gellis' like? I think I have a series of hers - roselynde? and seems like there are other names. I didn't know what to expect so haven't started them yet. I tend tol ike a little humor but a good story can make up for that but violent descriptions bother me though I'm getting a little better at it..

Date Posted: 6/14/2009 10:40 PM ET
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The Conqueror by Kris Kennedy came out last month.  It has some good reviews.  Not many medievals are being published these days...   and it is available for a low price in both book and ebook.

http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9781420106527-The+Conqueror

(You can tell by my book mentions that I check out Smart Bitches, Trashy Books.)



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Date Posted: 6/15/2009 12:38 AM ET
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I can second Susanna's suggestion of Marsha Canham.  The Robin Hood trilogy: Through A Dark Mist, In The Shadow of Midnight, and The Last Arrow.  And then the Dante pirate series: Across a Moonlit Sea & The Iron Rose.  And you'd probably also like Pale Moon Rider & Swept Away too.  Nobody quite buckles the swash like MC:P  The new Carrie Lofty book: What A Scondrel Wants is really good too.  Like Emily said, Will Scarlet is the hero.

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By Arrangement  Madeline Hunter

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My TimeSwept Heart by Amy J Fetzer is a great Pirate romance!

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Gail, what are Roberta Gellis' like? I think I have a series of hers - roselynde? and seems like there are other names. I didn't know what to expect so haven't started them yet.

Susanna - I was thinking of the "Roselynde Chronicles" when I listed Roberta Gellis. Her companion books, Knight's Honor and Bond Of Blood are also awesome. She knows the period and is a wonderful writer. I foolishly gave away the Roselynde books some years back, but have been waffling about trying to get them all back - the odds of rereading them are very low but I'd love to have them back in my collection.

Another couple of  authors I didn't think of before is Annelise Kamada - A Banner Red And Gold and A LOVE SO BOLD. I have 3 copies of each books, each copy is used and in worst condition than the previous two, have never been able to find good copies but I'd never get rid of these books. The other author is Linda Lang Bartell who did a few Medievals.

Gosh, I'm really showing my age with the OLD titles. But OTOH some of the best Medieval hist/roms were written

 

Date Posted: 6/15/2009 9:11 PM ET
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Thanks so much for all of the suggestions.  I've ordered some and added a ton of stuff to my WL.  While I wait for those to come up, I'm looking for deals on

Marsha Canham:  Swept Away, Pale Moon Rider, Through a Dark Mist, In the Shadow of Midnight, The Last Arrow

Christina Dodd:  Once a Knight, A Knight to Remember

Jennifer Ashley:  The Pirate Next Door

Pamela Kaufman:  Shield of Three Lions, Banners of Gold, Prince of Poison

 



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Jude Deveraux's The Black Lyon, and the first four books of her Montgomery family (look for anything with "Velvet" in the title).  It seems to me that Bertrice Small's Skye O'malley books mentioned a woman pirate, but can't remember the title.  A little research or someone here may know which one.

 

Betsy in MI

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Christa, I have those Dodd books on my shelf and my books are all 2 for 1.  I may have several of the Canham books coming back from a friend this weekend, but I'll have to see which ones she keeps & let you know.

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Thanks, Kim.  I PM'ed you.

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Got it.  I know for certain I have a copy of Across a Moonlit Sea, if you didn't already have that one.  And I do have an extra copy of The Iron Rose. but it's HC.  Don't think I'm going to keep it though because my MC collection is all PB, and I'm so anal I like everything to match:P  Of the ones that are on your list though, I had extra copies of Swept Away, Pale Moon Rider, and Through a Dark Mist, but I loaned them out again.  I'm like Johnny Appleseed passing out MC books to friends & I always snatch up extra copies when I find them.  Sometimes I get them back & sometimes people want to keep them:P