by Tamara Leigh
“Whoever loves instruction, loves knowledge,” he said, voice so level it sent a tremor of fear through her. “He who hates correction is brutish. And a fool, Squire Jame.”The Unveiling
– One Seeks Truth | The Other Forgiveness –
Reminiscent of the Disney classic, Mulan, The Unveiling tells the tale of one woman’s all-consuming desire for revenge and one man’s wish to live a virtuous life. But what do you do if what you perceive is the right thing, is in fact dangerously wrong?
Prior to reading this book, I had been wanting to read a book of depth, substance, pain, and longing. I wanted a book that truly made the reader wonder: How is everything going to work out for the better? Is there a better? I found exactly what I was looking for in this series. Where else can you find such lawlessness and depth than in the uncertain and tumultuous medieval ages?
12th century England: Two men vie for the throne: King Stephen the usurper and young Duke Henry the rightful heir. Amid civil and private wars, alliances are forged, loyalties are betrayed, families are divided, and marriages are made.
For four years, Lady Annyn Bretanne has trained at arms with one end in mind—to avenge her brother’s murder as God has not deemed it worthy to do. Disguised as a squire, she sets off to exact revenge on a man known only by his surname, Wulfrith. But when she holds his fate in her hands, her will wavers and her heart whispers that her enemy may not be an enemy after all.
Baron Wulfrith, renowned trainer of knights, allows no women within his walls for the distraction they breed. What he never expects is that the impetuous young man sent to train under him is a woman who seeks his death—nor that her unveiling will test his faith and distract the warrior from his purpose.
Lady Annyn is anything but a “lady”. Being raised by her uncle, knights, and brother, Annyn has spent the majority of her time outdoors with a weapon in her hand. Although often rash and reckless, I admired her character. When placed a difficult position, she often chose the harder road and never complained, despite the many hardships in her life. As the renowned trainer of knights, Baron Wulfrith is tough and commanding. I personally would have been terrified to have been in Annyn’s shoes. His tough exterior would have scared me off a time or two, but she remained strong and often stood up to him. I enjoyed their many tempestuous interactions and loved when their feelings of anger turned to feelings of love.
I speak truly when I say I had the hardest time putting down this book. We had just arrived home from our family vacation and I was in the middle of unpacking when I just couldn’t continue without reading a little bit first. I sat on the floor in my room and read until I reached another break in the story. I quickly unpacked and then read the book until I was finished. It only took me three days to read the first four books. The adventure, intrigue, mystery, romance, and historical details leave you hungry for more! I am waiting to reread the series until I have finished all eight of them, but be ye warned now, I will be returning to the Unveiling in the future. It is only by sheer discipline that I am able to go about my day without picking up my iPad and traveling back in time to the medieval ages.
As it is the first in the series, The Unveiling gives a deeper insight into the Wulfen Castle and the training of boys into knights. This sets the remainder of the series up nicely as the other books rarely take place inside the castle, but refer to the difficult training earned. I would highly recommend reading the series in order. You’ll simply gain a greater understanding of the characters, and may even be a bit lost if read out of order.
Although not written specifically for the Christian Fiction genre, the series is written by a Christian and you can often find beautiful nuggets of hope, wisdom, and the love of God throughout each book.
Disclaimer: Written for a more mature audience. As I would also categorize a Francine Rivers novel, whom I also dearly love. As it is set in medieval times, there is talk of harlots, the marriage night/bed, and the views of intimacy are more worldly. I wish that the men in the series had a less promiscuous background, but I still enjoyed the book and the series.
The Red Review: ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
***5 Hearts: Compelling Characters, Well-Written, Interesting Storyline, Unable to Stop, Desire to Re-read