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Spoil of War An Arthurian Saga

Ueen And of his plans to subjugate of Britain’s citadels and unite the wild isle under Roman ruleIf Elsbeth can’t find her tangled way to forgiveness with the king – or escape the dark designs and perverse desires of Uther Pendragon enemy to them both – then a legend of Camelot may never be conceived never be born and never change history foreve I am entirely torn on what to say about this book On the one hand Elsbeth is one of the best heroines I ve read this year and Sullivan s research is top notch and well woven so as to flesh the world without distracting from the plot On the other hand ALL THE RAPING dear God ALL THE RAPING Elsbeth is raped by a random soldier after Leo takes the castle then her handmaiden Ruth WHO IS TWELVE YEARS OLD is raped repeatedly and dies bearing her abuser s WHO IS LEO S BIFFLE AND IS SUPPOSED TO BE SEEN AS HEROIC ISH BY THE END child then some soldiery stuff happens then Elsbeth is raped again by a knight errant then she s captured by Uther of Arthurian fame and raped a whole bunch in a parody of a BDSM scene and thenhappy ending Look I get that women were chattel until very recently in history and that rape was pretty much a fact of life in war I can even get that Elsbeth might be better atcompartmentalizingher feelings on the subject as a matter of simple necessity Elsbeth as heroine of a frank historical fiction WIN Elsbeth as heroine of a historical romance with id tropes castles and pretty things WIN But you try to stitch the two of them together and it starts getting weird I spent most of the book wanting Elsbeth to stab Leo in the face and other tender places a whole bunch snatch Lynette up and go found a pseudo historical lesbian commune somewhere Morgause also makes a brief appearance towards the end I don t know if Sullivan is going with the version of the myth wherein Morgause and Morgan le Fay are the same people are the one wherein they re sisters but Morgan s hateboner for Camelot is looking pretty danged understandable even sensible in light of Ector

SUMMARY Spoil of War An Arthurian Saga

Is flagrant desire for her A desire that will have her his consort in Cameliard once he can convince her rank and duty alone forced his hand against her fatherBut Elsbeth is not so easily won There is the matter of Leodegrance gifting his steward with an unwilling young handmaid from Elsbeth’s household Of his marriage of convenience to his Byzantine I had a hard time reading this story I cannot deal with the rape in this book It was not what I thought it was going to be and I should have listened to my intuition and put the book down because it irritated the hell out of me The only reason I gave this a second star is because the first part of the book was pretty brilliant only about 10% and I loved the story of the siege

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Elsbeth of Olmsbury desires nothing beyond helping her father run his dukedom – until the duke’s forces are overwhelmed his castle torched and Elsbeth seized for the invading king’s personal spoil Expecting the same abuse as the other surviving women of her house Elsbeth instead finds the king Leodegrance treating her with a civility that belies h I didn t want to like himThis story was not what I would have normally read I may like a man to take care of me but in those times they went a little overboard At first I was stubborn in the fact that LEO was a complete cave man although this story depicts a time when all men were like that but gradually he made me see things from his point of view I really liked the story It s a tale of long ago when men did not always have the free choice to do what was right Sometimes they had to do what was expected of them weather they wanted to or not I may not have liked everything that he did but I could tell that what he did he did out of honor It s worth it to read I saw some bad reviews on this book One said Beyond Offensive and shouldn t be classified as romance Really That s a little harsh The Author wrote very historically convincingly about a time when women were considered second class Are you honestly telling me that these things never happened It would have been wrong of the Author to paint a pretty picture for us when that s not the reality Just because it is a romance does not mean that there should be no basis for reality It s a good book if you like a read that will actually challange your view on what a hero should be


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10 thoughts on “Spoil of War An Arthurian Saga

  1. says:

    I didn't want to like himThis story was not what I would have normally read I may like a man to take care of me but in those times they went a little overboard At first I was stubborn in the fact that LEO was a complete cav

  2. says:

    Was this removed from I was looking to buy it but I don't see it anywhere

  3. says:

    Originally posted on Feminist Romantic blog starsThis book came up on the free list on and of course it caught my attention Then I started reading the reviews and they were so mixed that I really wanted to see for myself what's the fuss was about See that Please Note that I highlighted THAT really made me curious So I brac

  4. says:

    Despite the misleading cover it started out to be a good historically accurate book Three uarters into the story though I was ready to give it up I could not believe the same thing was going to happen to her again and then it happened again I almost did not finish the book I kept reading however and I believe the author mostly redeems herself Word of caution though it is not for those who cannot read with hist

  5. says:

    This book was so unbelievably different from anything that i have read that i actually struggles to get through

  6. says:

    I had a hard time reading this story I cannot deal with the rape in this book It was not what I thought it was going to be and I should have listened to my intuition and put the book down because it irritated the hell out of me The only reason I gave this a second star is because the first part of the book was

  7. says:

    Elspeth is the daughter of Duke Gunther and his only child He is away warring against his neighbor a king When Gunther returns King Leodegrasse follows The Keep falls to the king's superior forces The King claims Elspeth as a spoil of war He and his army eat and drink Drunk on mead and victory Leo takes Elspeth

  8. says:

    Spoil of War contains so many things a lover of Arthurian myth desires passion and loyalty vengeance and betray

  9. says:

    I am entirely torn on what to say about this book On the one hand Elsbeth is one of the best heroines I've read this year and Sullivan's research is top notch and well woven so as to flesh the world without distracting from the plot On the other hand ALL THE RAPING dear God ALL THE RAPING Elsbeth is raped by a random soldier after Leo takes the castle then her handmaiden Ruth WHO IS TWELVE YEARS OLD is raped repeatedly a

  10. says:

    This was an intense book kept me on the edge whole the time It was a struggle to get through it not because it was bad on contrary i

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