Book Review of Those Who Go by Night by Andrew Gaddes #ThoseWhoGoByNight #NetGalley

Those Who Go by NightThose Who Go by Night by Andrew Gaddes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I thoroughly enjoyed this story and would recommend it to anyone who loves medieval historical fiction, a little bit of romance, and a murder mystery.

The author weaves in the history of the times so well that all the descriptions seamlessly fit the story. He isn’t trying too hard to stick in every detail he can about 14th century England, just because he can; his writing style just lends to second-nature historical story telling.

The characters are fun and unique. It did take me a few chapters to keep everyone straight, especially all the bishops, friars, and monks. But once I caught on, I was hooked until the very end.

I received an advance reading copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Medieval Romance Novels Coming in October 2018

Every month there are so many historical romance novels being released and it can get a bit overwhelming trying to pick which ones to read. So I’ve gone through Amazon’s “Coming Soon” list for the medieval romance sub-genre and picked out 3 (so far) novels that strike my fancy. I’ve included links to any reviews that I’ve found in the book blogosphere.

Let me know if you’ve read any of these novels or if I’ve left one off the list that you think definitely belongs!

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Release date: October 30, 2018
From the publisher…

“New York Times bestselling author Hannah Howell returns to the breathtaking Scottish Highlands with the unforgettable Murray clan, and the stunning Annora MacKay who cannot resist the desire an alluring stranger offers . . .

Annora MacKay senses a disturbing evil in Dunncraig Keep, the estate acquired by her cousin, a cruel and ruthless man. Only her affection for the tiny girl he claims is his daughter stops her from fleeing. Then a mysterious woodcarver arrives at the castle, and she cannot stop thinking—or longing—for him . . .

James Drummond, once a laird, now an outcast, wants what was stolen from him—his good name, his lands, and his child. His disguise for getting into Dunncraig is step one of his plan, but the enticing raven-haired woman who cares for his daughter is an unwelcome surprise. For he has come seeking justice, not love . . .”

Reviews on Goodreads

Review on Celtic Barb’s Tartan Book Review Blog

Note: The covers are different for the different book versions (i.e. paperback vs. kindle)

Release date: October 30,2018

From the publisher…

“A fierce Englishwoman on the run
A Highland Laird who needs a proper wife
And a desire neither can resist
Athena Trappes thinks she’s in love…until she discovers the scoundrel only wanted her as his bit on the side. Enraged, she does what any spirited Englishwoman would do: set fire to his belongings, incur his dangerous wrath, and flee—immediately. With nowhere else to turn, she seeks freedom in the wilds of Scotland.
Highland Laird Symon Grant lost his wife years ago, and it’s his duty to find another. Athena is not exactly what the clan has in mind for him, but Symon’s heart burns with unexpected passion for the woman who would risk everything to be free.
Highland Weddings Series:
Highland Spitfire (Book 1)
Highland Vixen (Book 2)
Highland Hellion (Book 3)
Highland Flame (Book 4)
Between a Highlander and a Hard Place (Book 5)”
Release date: October 30, 2018
From the publisher…

“Bestselling author Vanessa Kelly returns with an enthralling new series about the men of the Kendrick clan—and the women who claim their hearts . . .

Lady Ainsley Matthews, heiress and darling of the ton, was expected to make a magnificent match. Instead she’s hiding on a remote Scottish estate, terrified that her vicious former fiancé will use her pregnancy to force her into marriage. One man can help her—Royal Kendrick, son of a distinguished Highland clan. Though a mistake drove them apart long ago, Royal is the only person Ainsley trusts to protect her baby—even if that means agreeing to never see either of them again . . .

Scarred in body and soul by war, Royal suddenly has a purpose—caring for an innocent babe and thereby helping the woman he can’t stop loving. But when Ainsley ultimately returns to Scotland, determined to be a real mother to her child in spite of the risk, there’s only one solution: marriage. And only one likely outcome: surrendering to the desire that’s simmered between them for so long, no matter how dangerous it may be . . .”


Book Review of the Search for Rasha by Paul Skousen

“The Search for Rasha is an exotic historical adventure that will take you on a harrowing journey through Egypt, past the pyramids and the lush Nile river, fueled by one man’s inexorable drive to save his lover from danger.”

Release date: October 30, 2018

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Book Summary…

“The Search for Rasha is the breathtaking third installment in the epoch Bassam Saga. The frantic race to find Rasha before her captors spill her blood concludes with a desperate climb up the midnight side of the great pyramid of Khufu. Only silence and stealth give hope to the one-way dash up the ancient stone blocks. Just one slip stood between life and certain death some 400 feet below on the shrouded desert floor.

The Bassam Saga is a three-part series that takes 17-year old Bassam from his home and his love interest, 15-year old Rasha, on a two year trek with her father, Zafir, from the high deserts in Saudi Arabia to the grand trading city of Ch’ang, China. Along the way, Bassam is taught the secrets cryptically recorded in seven secret scrolls, ancient scrolls that claim to hold the grand keys to prosperity and peace.

Misfortune befalls the caravan and Zafir must return to their home in Rekeem. Along the way an urgent message of an attack on their village sends Bassam on a new urgent rescue mission to find his beloved Rasha. From the head waters of the Nile to a dangerous escape up the dark side of the Great Pyramid, we learn of the ultimate fate of Bassam and his Rasha. It is an historical adventure, trial by fire, and message of timeless value, for all ages.”


Gina’s Thoughts…

I was very much looking forward to this book set in ancient Egypt, which is one of my favorite periods in history. Overall, I really enjoyed this story with its vivid descriptions of everyday life along the Nile. I’d recommend it if you’re a fan of historical fiction and a good love story.

I truly enjoyed the story as Bassam traveled through the ancient ports of Egypt to search for his kidnapped love, Rasha. The inclusion of ancient places, such as Noph, Cyene, Ale’ksandria, Nub’ah, Atbara, and ‘Adan were a fun treat. And perhaps my favorite were the descriptions of the river horses and krokodilos found in the Nile.

The author creatively used scrolls to tell the story, which is actually more historical fiction than romance. The plot was more about the journey to preserve the love already between Rasha and Bassam as opposed to witnessing them fall in love from the beginning.

The history that is all tied together at the end was a pleasant surprise and makes finishing the book very satisfying. It is obvious that the author did extensive research to add the details found in this story.

The secondary character, Shamar, may have been my favorite. He was hard on the outside but soft and caring on the inside. The banter between Fawzi, Ammar, and Bassam was always fun and brought a lighthearted vibe to their dangerous journey.

I didn’t realize until I was a few chapters in that this is book #3 in the series. It absolutely worked as a stand alone novel, but I’m sure the story would’ve been more enjoyable if I had known the backstories and had read through more character development. So I would recommend reading the first 2 books in the series, which I will definitely do!

I give this truly enjoyable story a 4/5. I did not give it a 5 because at times it felt a little slow moving with the long journey along the Nile.

My favorite quote was: “…the desert continues her slow crawl northward, ever laboring to bury the trespass of men.”

I received an advanced reading copy in exchange for an honest review.

The Bassam Saga Series…




About the Author…

Paul B. Skousen enjoys visiting the Middle East for archeology digs or just renewing friendships. He is a journalist by trade, received an MA at Georgetown University, worked as an analyst at the CIA, and was assigned to the Situation Room as an intelligence officer at the White House. He is a professor of communications, and the author of the three-volume Bassam series and several non-fiction books on politics and history

Want to learn a little more? 

Find the Search for Rasha on goodreads

And here are more reviews from around the web:

Review from Reader’s Favorite
Review from Dawning of a Brighter Day
Reviews and author information from the publisher, Izzard Ink

Reviews of Outlaw King by Julie Johnstone

Reviews of Outlaw King from around the book blogosphere…

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Summary from the publisher…

“She’s the weapon intended to destroy him. He’s the key to her freedom. 

Dark days have come to medieval Scotland, and fierce warrior Robert the Bruce would do anything to release his country from English rule—and not just because he’s the rightful heir to the Scottish throne. As the bloody war rages on, enemies on both sides of the fight surround him, and Robert must dance a dangerous line between truth and deception. One misstep could topple his nation and cost him his life, yet one woman tempts him—and threatens his mission—as no other ever has.

Elizabeth de Burgh longs for freedom in a time when women have none. So when she finds herself ordered by her ruthless father and her godfather, the King of England, to seduce the leader of the Scottish rebellion and reveal his secrets, she yearns to fight back against their cruel plot. But they threaten to kill her beloved cousin, leaving her no choice but to comply. As she grows close to Robert and the mask that hides the man who would be king is peeled away, she cannot imagine aiding in the destruction of the noble Scot bent on liberating his people. 

Bound by duty and honor but ensnared by passion, Robert and Elizabeth must determine if they are each other’s biggest threat or greatest source of strength. And moreover, they must decide how much they are willing to risk for the one thing neither ever imagined they’d find with the other—extraordinary, boundless love.

Outlaw King can be read as a standalone historical romance.”

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A Mistress for Penndrake by Tammy L. Bailey – Video Book Trailer

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Summary from the publisher…

“The Marquess of Wesley is out for blood. For a year, Lord Wesley has tried to undo the devastation his father left to Penndrake, their ancestral home, only to discover the man gambled it away right before his death. Now Wesley is being blackmailed by the new owner into marrying a woman he’s never met in order to get it back. But his intentions are less than honorable…

At one and twenty, Miss Kate Holden intends to become a governess, having sworn off all men years ago. However, her plans are halted when she receives a daunting letter from her cousin about a Lord Wesley. Ignorant of the name, and the devilish marquess that wears it all too well, she nearly ends up compromised. Refusing to fall prey to Wesley’s skillful seduction, Kate decides to turn things around on the rake. But the high-stakes game between them soon leads to her losing the last thing she expected…her heart.”

Book Review of The Steel Queen by Karen Azinger

Guest Review by Lisa Brown Gilbert 

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Endowed with the markings of an unforgettable debut read, Karen Azinger’s The Steel Queen, draws readers into Erdhe, a fantasy imbued realm ripe with intrigue, knights, bravery, swords, sorcery and pure evil. As the premier novel in her Silk and Steel Saga, this novel serves well as an introduction to the medieval type lands of the kingdoms of Erdhe, along with its various engaging inhabitants.

Author Azinger provides a filling fantasy read built with a satisfying integration of action, intrigue and fantasy elements. The story engages instantly immersing the reader in a complexly woven storyline, which houses an abundance of varied and unique characters. The female characters bear particular appeal because of their determination and cunning in a world where their place is limited by male dominance.

Foremost, the story, particularly follows the paths of several focal characters; Katherine/Kath, a young princess whose deepest desire is to lead and wield a sword. Blaine, son of a pig farmer who earns a seemingly impossible knighthood. Steffan, a dark character who seeks power at any cost and Liandra, queen of Lanverness who looks to preserve her wealthy kingdom. Meanwhile, events unfold, with the story told from their multiple perspectives with the narrative changing viewpoints frequently, as each moves toward their destiny. As well, furthering the character woven storyline, are brief appearances of additional engaging characters. Although, initially, it seems the characters are on separate paths, with their own goals to achieve, destiny dictates otherwise as a malevolent force at work threatens all of Erdhe.

Consequently, what follows is an entertaining, adult themed, vibrant and at times quite violent, but well paced narrative, that artfully explores the sexual, bureaucratic, and religious landscape of a fantasy world facing the heart of darkness.

Ultimately, I enjoyed The Steel Queen. With this work, Author Azinger has wrought the beginnings of an intriguing and thus far, fulfilling fantasy series. Furthermore, while there are a plethora of fantasy genre novels available, what separates this one from the some of the others is the quality and style of the writing and creativity. Author Karen Azinger wields a well honed knack for engaging and concise storytelling.

Additionally, aside from the great story, I like the inclusion of the map of Erdhe and the Appendix explaining the background of various kingdoms. Overall, this was well worth the read and I look forward to the next in the series. This is a book I not only recommend for fantasy fans, but also fans of eloquently written, action packed adventures.

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Book Review – Her Viking Heart By Heidi Herman

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Guest Review By Sheri Hoyte

“Her Viking Heart” by Heidi Herman is a compelling story about love, loss, betrayal and redemption, as one woman discovers a family secret that changes everything she’s ever known.

When Anna Miller’s father is killed less than two years after the death of her mother, Anna finds herself alone in the world. Moving back into her family home, Anna has the arduous task of sorting through and packing up her parents’ belongings. When she comes across some mysterious documents in her father’s study she is confused but intrigued. Determined to complete the research her father began, Anna embarks on a journey that will take her back several generations in history to WWII. As she begins to unveil the mystery surrounding her family, her research takes her to a small town in Wyoming. It is in this town she meets a handsome rancher named Logan Harris, awakening feelings that haven’t stirred inside her in a long time. As Anna gets closer to discovering the truth about her family secrets, she realizes it may be at the cost of her personal happiness.

It’s been some time since I’ve read such an enchanting story. The plotline, the settings, the characters – I found all the elements to be equally satisfying. It is a well-balanced narrative with plenty of developments that move the story continually forward, with enough surprise turns building anticipation and just the right amount of drama, romance, and intrigue to keep readers engaged.

The characters are easy to relate to and feel genuine in their roles and situations. I experienced an immediate pull towards Anna – her emotions jumping off the pages as she is forced to deal with issues one cannot even imagine unless they’ve been in those shoes. Her personality brought out the mama bear instinct in me as I vacillated between wanting to give her that kind of hug only a mother can give and wanting to take over and fix things for her! Not that she needed anyone to fix anything for her. Capable, resilient and strong, I thoroughly enjoyed investing in Anna, standing in her corner and rooting her on as she unraveled the mystery. I especially delighted in watching her evolve throughout the story, as she reevaluated the things that were important in her life.

“Her Viking Heart” is the first story I’ve read by Heidi Herman, but it won’t be the last. She is a natural storyteller easily transporting the reader to another time and place. This was such a fun read, and I highly recommend it to fans of contemporary fiction with elements of subtle romance, a good mystery to solve and enough twists and turns to keep readers on their toes.

Reviewed by Sheri Hoyte for Reader Views

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