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Fires of Winter

By Roberta Gellis

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Format: Paperback, 490 pages
Published In: United States, 01 November 2011
"A master storyteller!" - RT Book ReviewsA sparkling prize of war becomes a loyal vassal's reward. The beautiful, cherished daughter of Scottish nobility, Melusine of Ulle had all the privileges of rank. But her family and her life were destroyed by the ravages of war. And her noble name made her a threat to the new king ... A bastard son of an English lord, Bruno of Jernaeve was born with nothing. But through loyalty, cleverness, and brute strength, he carved out a spot at the right hand of the king. And to remain in favor he would do anything, even accept the hand of his enemy...They have nothing in common and every reason to hate each other, but even in the coldest of winters one spark can ignite a fire too hot to tame. A richly detailed medieval historical romance, fans of Julie Garwood, Johanna Lindsay, and Mercedes Lackey will fall in love along with Bruno and Melusine.With over eight million books in print, awardwinning author Roberta Gellis sets the standard for sweeping storytelling full of passion and pageantry. Publishers Weeklyhas termed her a master of the medieval historical. Her many awards include: The Silver and Gold Medal Porgy for historical novels from West Coast Review of Books and the Golden Certificate and Golden Pen from Affaire de Coeur, several Romantic Times book awards and also their Lifetime Achievement Award. Other books in the Tales of Jernaeve series by Roberta Gellis: Tapestry of Dreams, Book 1 A stunning romance of a lady who has sworn never to marry and the knight who swears he will win her heartFires of Winter, Book 2 They have every reason to hate each other, but one spark can start the fire of true love What readers are saying about Fires of Winter "the love that slowly grows between these two is a fiery passion, a love for home and the man or woman who might be right for you.""a classic twelfth century romance showcases the talent of the great Roberta Gellis.""I recommend this book for anyone who enjoys a good historical romance""From the time I read this book it became and remains my favorite historical romance.""a great medieval story teller""this is my all time favorite romance."What reviewers are saying about Fires of Winter "Five stars...Fires of Winter is the best a book can be...I dare anyone not to be hooked!" -Affaire de Coeur"Fascinating and well-written...a romance with substance!" - Knoxville News Sentinel "A masterpiece...Only a consummate writer of Ms. Gellis's talents could bring the Middle Ages so brilliantly alive." - Rave ReviewsWhat everyone is saying about Roberta Gellis: "Exciting, romantic, and utterly satisfying." -Mary Jo Putney"Enjoy the work's rich tapestry of detail, well-drawn characters, suspenseful story line, deft meshing of factual and fictional incidents and fresh approach." -Publishers Weekly"Roberta Gellis is a superb storyteller of extraordinary talent." -John Jakes, #1 bestselling author of The Gods of Newport"

About the Author

Roberta Gellis is the bestselling author of over 48 novels in different genres. Publishers Weekly has deemed her a master of the medieval historical. Her many awards include the Golden Certificate and Golden Pen from Affaire de Coeur, several RT Book Reviews Reviewers' Choice Awards and their Lifetime Achievement Award. She currently resides in Lafayette, Indiana.

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A masterpiece! An epic adventure! "Fires of Winter" is the story of a love-match made despite the dangerous times and doubtful circumstances. The author obviously knows the time period well, and her teasing, alternating chapters kept me interested until the end. I recommend this book for anyone who enjoys a good historical romance that happens to lend a view on the historical politics as well. If you enjoy epic historical romances, this book is a pleasant read and I'll be reading the first in the series for sure I love a romance that compliments a complex storyline, giving it emotional substance. If you're already a fan of Roberta Gellis, or are looking for a new author to read, look for this book in November 2011. Exciting and riviting, there is no doubt in my mind why Ms Gellis is a best selling author. Her work truely does speak for its self. Her tales are filled with romance and inspiration that will touch you in a way that only a gifted storyteller can. Bravo!! "A masterpiece! An epic adventure!" - Romance Reader at Heart ""Fires of Winter" is the story of a love-match made despite the dangerous times and doubtful circumstances. The author obviously knows the time period well, and her teasing, alternating chapters kept me interested until the end. I recommend this book for anyone who enjoys a good historical romance that happens to lend a view on the historical politics as well." - Historical Novels Review "For fans of medieval romance who are looking for something a little different, this would be a great story to check out. The author knows her stuff. " - Long and Short Reviews "This historical romance is not your typical love story and I think readers will appreciate the difference. I'm giving this one 4 out of 5 apples from my book bag! " - Debbie's Book Bag "Exciting and riviting, there is no doubt in my mind why Ms Gellis is a best selling author. Her work truely does speak for its self. Her tales are filled with romance and inspiration that will touch you in a way that only a gifted storyteller can. Bravo!!" - Seriously Reviewed "The terrific story line rotates perspective between the lead couple in an epic sweep of the years, but also maintains a strong medieval base as the protagonists are a sign of their times in a great historical " - The Merry Genre Go Round Reviews "It was an interesting book places against a time of turmoil in England. A good lovestory and what I just love, history, facts and the feeling you are there in the dirty streets and the beautiful halls." - Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell "This is a really nice story that shows we can have an honest romance with a history lesson thrown in without the sexual prominence overtaking our story line." - Yankee Romance Reviewers "I love a romance that compliments a complex storyline, giving it emotional substance. If you're already a fan of Roberta Gellis, or are looking for a new author to read, look for this book in November 2011." - Between the Pages "If you enjoy epic historical romances, this book is a pleasant read and I'll be reading the first in the series for sure" - Once Upon a Chapter "Gellis is really good at delivering interesting, true to their period, characters and in immersing her story in history. It made for a very interesting read! " - Historical Tapestry "Fires of Winter is the story of a love-match made despite the dangerous times and doubtful circumstances. The author obviously knows the time period well, and her teasing, alternating chapters kept me interested until the end. I recommend this book for anyone who enjoys a good historical romance that happens to lend a view on the historical politics as well." - Historical Novels Review "A masterpiece! An epic adventure!" - Romance Reader at Heart This historical romance is not your typical love story and I think readers will appreciate the difference. I'm giving this one 4 out of 5 apples from my book bag! The terrific story line rotates perspective between the lead couple in an epic sweep of the years, but also maintains a strong medieval base as the protagonists are a sign of their times in a great historical Gellis is really good at delivering interesting, true to their period, characters and in immersing her story in history. It made for a very interesting read! It was an interesting book places against a time of turmoil in England. A good lovestory and what I just love, history, facts and the feeling you are there in the dirty streets and the beautiful halls. This is a really nice story that shows we can have an honest romance with a history lesson thrown in without the sexual prominence overtaking our story line.

EAN: 9781402255014
ISBN: 1402255012
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Dimensions: 20.07 x 12.7 x 3.81 centimetres (0.18 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Do not be misled by this dreadful cover, it is not a bodice ripping romance, although it's not tops in the historical genre either. Fires of Winter continues the story Gellis began in A Tapestry of Dreams, and tells the story of Lady Audris' illegitimate half brother Bruno. Despite his dubious parentage, Bruno uses his skills with swords and horses to make his way, eventually leading to service at the court of King Stephen (who has usurped the English crown from his cousin Matilda). Melusine of Ulle is from Cumbria in the North and when the last of her family dies fighting against King Stephen she is brought to court as a lady in waiting to Queen Maude. For who knows what reason (I never got it), Stephen decides to knight Bruno and marry him to Melusine, who is half mad with grief over the loss of her family and home, and when she recognizes her new husband as the man who took her from Ulle she attempts to kill him while he's sleeping. Eventually the two manage to build a strong marriage and relationship amidst the backdrop of England's Civil War between Stephen and Matilda.

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