Rating – 3.5 Stars
I love Iris Johansen’s books. She writes beautiful emotional stories, not too emotional like Danielle Steel 🙂 but strong emotion’s. I love her Sedikhan series which consists of about 18 harlequin stories. They are the one which hooked me to this author. She also writes fantastic thriller like Pandora’s Daughter and others which I have them on my list to reads 🙂 .
This book is about Ware (hero) and Thea (heroine) and it’s during 1188 A.D. It’s about a woman who wants to be independent by selling embroidery silks. It’s also about a man who is avoiding being killed by Knight Templar named Vedan. The story starts with Ware finding Thea in a desert and he saves her along with his friend Kader. Thea had run from her master with a basket of silk worms. She wants to go to the city and open a house of silk and not become dependent on any man. She is tough, determined and speaks her mind.
Though Ware tried not to become attached to Thea since he knew he is a dead man, somehow they become closer. The story is also about the Church during that time, where the Templars does as the Grand Master aka POPE orders them to do without asking questions. It’s about the time where the church destroyed lot of cities and killed lots of people just because the Grand Master wants something from them.
I think it was called a Crusade and he just tells the soldiers and Templar’s that GOD told him to destroy those people and cities 🙄 . Seriously, I believe people were like that during those days. It’s all about POWER and the Grand Master was most powerful person than the king. If he says to kill a person, nobody questions him since the people believe that he is telling them what the GOD would want them to do. I think that is why the Templar’s decided to go their own way since they didn’t believe that innocent people deserved to die. It is just fascinating to learn how the Grand Master manipulated the people. If you go inside the Vatican City you will see statues of the previous pope and sometimes the story about them is so fascinating. They were cruel and they thought that nobody could question them not even Kings. That was the way then.
So moving on to the story, Ware decided to save Thea and her sister Selena. Thea decides to make a banner for Ware not realizing that the symbol in the banner was why the Grand Master wants Ware dead. So finally they decide to escape to Scotland where they decide to settle down. Valen and Kader are interesting characters and I smell sequel with them 😀 . It is a fascinating read and I do like the story 🙂 . Somehow I was more interesting in the Templar’s and the Grand Master rather than the story 😀 .
The darkly handsome warrior found her in the hot desert night, the last survivor of a caravan devastated by a brutal attack. But Thea could hardly have found a less likely savior. Brooding, powerful, boldly erotic, the infamous Lord Ware felt no need to rescue a total stranger, but Thea’s striking beauty and fighting spirit moved him.
So the night in tarnished armor carried her away to his secret stronghold at Dundragon, where she would become his prisoner, his tormentor, his lover… and the one weapon his deadly enemy could use to destroy him.