Catrin and Bran's story is almost breath taking in its pace, with intrigue and heroism galore. Catrin is admirable in her courage and love for her family, I found myself cheering her on even as I sometimes winced at the foolhardiness of her plans.
Jan Scarbrough does an excellent job of bringing Catrin to vivid life, her and the charismatic Bran. I enjoyed reading about their trials and tribulations together, how they managed to find love with each other even through all the underhanded politics and intrigue. I did get somewhat frustrated towards the end at how they denied themselves and each other the support of acknowledged love - it seemed often as though they were trying to convince themselves out of loving the other. Still, I found it an enjoyable read and would look forward to reading more of Ms. Scarbrough's work.
To protect what little family she has left, Lady Catrin Fitzalan switches places with her cousin when King Edward orders the pious girl to wed his royal champion, a vicious knight called the King’s Raven. Rumors abound that this savage is responsible for the deaths of Lady Catrin’s father and brother. How can she allow her sweet cousin to wed a murderer?
Bran ap Madog, bastard son of a Welsh prince, has devoted his life to serving the English king. His badge is the raven, a creature that feeds off rotting spoils, just as Bran feeds off the spoils of war. Now he wants a reward for his service: a wealthy wife and the land and power she can bring him.
But there’s another side to the rapacious black birds Bran has chosen for his badge. Social and family-oriented, ravens mate for life. Which gives them something Bran never had—a family, a sense of belonging, and a rightful place in the world. Bran has fought for everything he’s ever had. But his last battle, with his new wife, may cost him the one thing he isn’t prepared to lose: his heart.