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A trained assassin. A bride prize. Forbidden love! Lady Sera finds herself in a desperate predicament after a brief marriage to an elderly lord. Her late husband’s conniving brother wants the castle and estate for himself. He offers young Sera as the bride prize at a jousting tournament to expedite his claim, and she’s powerless to oppose him. Or so she thinks. Aethan pursue A trained assassin. A bride prize. Forbidden love! Lady Sera finds herself in a desperate predicament after a brief marriage to an elderly lord. Her late husband’s conniving brother wants the castle and estate for himself. He offers young Sera as the bride prize at a jousting tournament to expedite his claim, and she’s powerless to oppose him. Or so she thinks. Aethan pursues a killer far from his homeland, bound by a vow to avenge his mother's murder. He’s the nameless bastard of a wealthy lord and an educated commoner, and leads a restless life between two worlds. Sera is fascinated with the outsider and Aethan introduces her to the sensual arts of love. Passion quickly turns to devotion, and he’s forced to make a wrenching decision between a death-bed promise and his hopeless love for a woman beyond his reach. Author Luca Thrace never misses an episode of Game of Thrones. Jon Snow inspired her hero, Aethan Taiga, who is an original product of Thrace’s fertile imagination. Thrace masterfully manipulates a plot that will keep you surprised and engaged. Enchanted stones, charmed amulets, and love potions add to the fantasy that includes a villainous lord, fortune-telling bard, free-spirited lady's maid, and a beer-brewing Brother of Peace. If you appreciate three-dimensional characters, realistic dialogue, and tastefully-written erotic encounters, you’ll love this romance! Find out who lives, who loves, and who dies — read The Bastard's Blade today!


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A trained assassin. A bride prize. Forbidden love! Lady Sera finds herself in a desperate predicament after a brief marriage to an elderly lord. Her late husband’s conniving brother wants the castle and estate for himself. He offers young Sera as the bride prize at a jousting tournament to expedite his claim, and she’s powerless to oppose him. Or so she thinks. Aethan pursue A trained assassin. A bride prize. Forbidden love! Lady Sera finds herself in a desperate predicament after a brief marriage to an elderly lord. Her late husband’s conniving brother wants the castle and estate for himself. He offers young Sera as the bride prize at a jousting tournament to expedite his claim, and she’s powerless to oppose him. Or so she thinks. Aethan pursues a killer far from his homeland, bound by a vow to avenge his mother's murder. He’s the nameless bastard of a wealthy lord and an educated commoner, and leads a restless life between two worlds. Sera is fascinated with the outsider and Aethan introduces her to the sensual arts of love. Passion quickly turns to devotion, and he’s forced to make a wrenching decision between a death-bed promise and his hopeless love for a woman beyond his reach. Author Luca Thrace never misses an episode of Game of Thrones. Jon Snow inspired her hero, Aethan Taiga, who is an original product of Thrace’s fertile imagination. Thrace masterfully manipulates a plot that will keep you surprised and engaged. Enchanted stones, charmed amulets, and love potions add to the fantasy that includes a villainous lord, fortune-telling bard, free-spirited lady's maid, and a beer-brewing Brother of Peace. If you appreciate three-dimensional characters, realistic dialogue, and tastefully-written erotic encounters, you’ll love this romance! Find out who lives, who loves, and who dies — read The Bastard's Blade today!

42 review for The Bastard's Blade: A Medieval Fantasy Romance

  1. 5 out of 5

    Celestine

    This was an unpredictable medieval romance that puts its heroine, Lady Serafina Laurel, in a position of power, and its hero, commoner Aethan Taiga, in a position that was not. If you are willing to go along for an exciting romance featuring a couple of young lovers maturing into their responsibilities - and if you are willing to embrace medieval anachronisms within a fantasy culture - I think you will enjoy this book. This is the story of 21-year-old widow Sera, who has just finished her yearlo This was an unpredictable medieval romance that puts its heroine, Lady Serafina Laurel, in a position of power, and its hero, commoner Aethan Taiga, in a position that was not. If you are willing to go along for an exciting romance featuring a couple of young lovers maturing into their responsibilities - and if you are willing to embrace medieval anachronisms within a fantasy culture - I think you will enjoy this book. This is the story of 21-year-old widow Sera, who has just finished her yearlong period of mourning for her kind but elderly husband. Her grasping brother-in-law has managed the family's considerable holdings during his brother's incapacity and after his death, and has arranged a tournament so that the noble who wins marries fair Sera and takes her away, leaving the land to him. Young Sera dreads leaving her lovely home, but seems to benignly accept this plan until she encounters the handsome and virile bard's servant just a few days before the tournament is to begin. Sera is smitten, and maneuvers encounters so that she and Aethan spend time together. The two fall quickly into a young, lusty love. The author is able to set a sensual tone that makes you feel the breathless passion of their new-found adoration. Much is new to Sera, and it is clear Aethan has never been in love before. Both lead characters are an intriguing mix of bravery, impetuousness and fortitude mixed with hesitant inexperience. This youthful exuberance is evident in their dealings with authority, their desire to make their own way in the world, and in their passionate encounters. In some ways this was a medieval new adult novel, but without the ever-present angst. Both Sera and Aethan grow and learn in the novel, and the journey was well-paced and filled with action and excitement. Sera wants control of her destiny, particularly once she decides she needs Aethan in her life. Aethan is on a mission of revenge, and being sidetracked by a noblewoman he thinks he could love is not part of his plan. As the acknowledged but unclaimed bastard son of a nobleman and an educated commoner, Aethan has led an unusual life with a foot in both worlds. He also doesn't want to witness the eventual match of Lady Sera to any neighboring lord. But when a sadistic and cruel noble makes it known Sera will be his, Aethan is torn between his revenge and his hopeless love for a woman beyond his reach. Helping both along the way is castle-full of vibrant, irreverent and close-knit servants and retainers. What makes this novel work is the believable reactions of the main characters and the power of their brains. I loved that both Sera and Aethan were very bright and used their ingenuity and education to better their circumstances. This quality is enough to overcome the overwhelming anachronisms. By basing this tale in a make-believe country, the author has the opportunity to tinker with medieval precepts. Women can be educated and fulfill roles as guards. Crystals serve as talismans and tarot card reading is not heresy of organized religion, but rather an aspect of spirituality endorsed by the Brothers of Peace. On the other hand, there are castles and keeps and horses and jousting. For all the blending of period and fantasy, the author has crafted a believable world that does not stray into paranormal. As predictable as the formula might seem, and as much as events lead you by the nose down a certain path, the author was a master at twisting the plot into an unexpected direction. It kept the book a true page turner, although I would not call it suspense. Readers who enjoyed Highland Escape by Cathy MacRae, another decidedly unmedieval medieval-period book with a strong heroine, might enjoy this offering by Luca Thrace as well.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Emily Maynard

    4.5 stars First, many thanks to the author, who provided a copy of The Bastard’s Blade in exchange for an honest review. I’ll be honest, she had me hooked as soon as she mentioned that she’s a fellow GOT fan, and that Aethan is based on Jon Snow. If you squint, you can see that the guy on the cover even looks like Kit Harington! Not that I can blame her….no, not at all! Lady Serafina Laurel has recently come out of a year of mourning for her lord husband, an older man with whom she had a brief, bu 4.5 stars First, many thanks to the author, who provided a copy of The Bastard’s Blade in exchange for an honest review. I’ll be honest, she had me hooked as soon as she mentioned that she’s a fellow GOT fan, and that Aethan is based on Jon Snow. If you squint, you can see that the guy on the cover even looks like Kit Harington! Not that I can blame her….no, not at all! Lady Serafina Laurel has recently come out of a year of mourning for her lord husband, an older man with whom she had a brief, but not traumatic marriage. I got the feeling that while they were not red hot lovers, they had built a friendship, and I appreciated that. While mourning, Sera allowed her brother-in-law to take over the finances and running of Castle Laurel. Over the course of the year, the brother-in-law and his wife have grown very comfortable in Castle Laurel. With the ending of Sera’s mourning, they have made plans to make the annual jousting tournament a competition with a bride prize, pretty much selling Sera off like a prize pig to the highest bidder. Needless to say, Lady Sera is not amused. She is even less amused with the frontrunner of the pack of competitors, a pig of a man named Kestor Ash. Ugh, I utterly despised him, and his arrogance. Aethan Taiga arrives at the castle not to compete, but as an assistant to a minstrel hired to provide entertainment for the feast. He is the titular bastard, and is on the hunt for the man who murdered his mother in cold blood. He has tracked the man all across the country, and can feel that he is getting closer and closer to his goal. He only planned to stay at the castle briefly, before travelling on to satisfy his honor by killing the man. But then he meets Sera. He’s attracted to her immediately, as as she is to him, and despite their differences in status Sera is determined that she will have no other. I enjoyed the chemistry between Sera and Aethan very much, and loved all the secondary characters that brought so much to the story. Aethan is faced with a choice: follow his heart and stay with Sera, or continue his quest to satisfy his honor. Sera faces a much more dire situation. Kestor is walking around the castle assuring himself and everyone else of his victory, and threatening Sera every chance he gets. Can Sera take back the reins of her own life, or will she be forced to bend to the will of her brother-in-law’s decree? I can highly recommend this medieval romance by Luca Thrace, and can only say that I will be eagerly looking for more stories from her in the future.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    In most historical romances if the couple is not of the same class it is generally the man marrying a woman with a lower status. In this case Lady Serafina Laurel is a widow of a year and owns her own property. Her deceased husband, Stefan Laurel, was a kind older man who she loved but not with a great passion. She has been content this last year to let her brother-in-law, Tebrio Laurel, run her estate but she didn't realize until recently that he is out to marry her off and take her lands. He a In most historical romances if the couple is not of the same class it is generally the man marrying a woman with a lower status. In this case Lady Serafina Laurel is a widow of a year and owns her own property. Her deceased husband, Stefan Laurel, was a kind older man who she loved but not with a great passion. She has been content this last year to let her brother-in-law, Tebrio Laurel, run her estate but she didn't realize until recently that he is out to marry her off and take her lands. He already feels it is his estate and he controls everything, including Sera. Without her consent he has decided she will be the prize in a jousting tournament. Then she meets a naked Aethan Taiga in the bathhouse. After that everything changes. Aethan is the bastard of a noble so he is educated but he is just a poor servant. Despite this he is drawn to Sera and she to him. Before long passion like Sera has never known wins out and a torrid affair begins. But how can they live happily ever after when many things conspire against them? Their class difference, Aethan's thirst for revenge, Tebrio's power grasping, and the depraved Lord Kestor Ash who makes it no secret he intends to wed Sera. This is Luca Thrace's debut novel and it is amazing. I loved the whole thing and really look forward to future works by her! Disclaimer: I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads. The opinions I expressed are entirely my own.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Samyann

    The Bastard’s Blade is a character driven medieval romance. Mature content. A young widow is thrust into circumstances typical of the era and she resigns herself to an unwanted fate. The author accurately portrays the unfair chauvinism she was subjected to, a symptom of the times. However, true love is not to be denied simply because of these horrible dictums. No secrets, but you’ll admire the lead character and root for her immediately and throughout some surprising plot twists. The romantic ele The Bastard’s Blade is a character driven medieval romance. Mature content. A young widow is thrust into circumstances typical of the era and she resigns herself to an unwanted fate. The author accurately portrays the unfair chauvinism she was subjected to, a symptom of the times. However, true love is not to be denied simply because of these horrible dictums. No secrets, but you’ll admire the lead character and root for her immediately and throughout some surprising plot twists. The romantic elements are very sensual. Description is well done and tasteful, albeit passionate and erotic. So, know your recipient if this book is to be a gift. At just over four hundred pages, The Bastard’s Blade is a page-turning fantasy with great description, crisp and meaningful dialogue. Admirable research using words and text very emblematic of medieval times, nicely done! Great story. If you like the romantic medieval romance genre, this is the book for you. Enjoy!!

  5. 4 out of 5

    R.A. Winter

    I love medieval stories and this one has it all. Jousting, sword fights, murder, and love, what could be better? Sera is a wonderful female character who comes to life. She's a young widow who is 'commanded' to marry the winner of the joust. But, it is her castle. Her brother-in-law wants it for himself and schemes to make her leave. The young Aethan is on a quest to find his mother's murderer. A bastard by birth, he falls for the noble Lady Sera. I thoroughly enjoyed this tale. The time period com I love medieval stories and this one has it all. Jousting, sword fights, murder, and love, what could be better? Sera is a wonderful female character who comes to life. She's a young widow who is 'commanded' to marry the winner of the joust. But, it is her castle. Her brother-in-law wants it for himself and schemes to make her leave. The young Aethan is on a quest to find his mother's murderer. A bastard by birth, he falls for the noble Lady Sera. I thoroughly enjoyed this tale. The time period comes to life, the lead is believable. We feel her pain and trouble as she struggles to take control of her castle and her love life.

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