Monday, 18 May 2009

Book Review: Knight's Angel by Ronda Melendez

Genre: Historical Fiction: Fantasy/Romance
Publisher: Outskirts Press (2009)
Pages: Paperback 126
ISBN-13: 978-1432738815

First Sentence:

The wind howled outside Angel's classroom window.

Angel is the Professor of Medieval History at the University of Texas. Recently she has been haunted by dreams of Medieval England where she meets Llewellyn the Sorcerer, and she sees the handsome Lord D'Arcy.
She is then invited to England on an archeological dig where she has another dream and this time she is swept back in time to meet the people from her dreams.................

This is Ronda Melendez's debut novel and is the first in the 'Fated to Love' series.

I'll get my main criticism out of the way first! It was very difficult to form a comprehensive picture of any of the characters, I didn't know their height, build, facial features, traits, likes, dislikes, strengths, weaknesses, what they were feeling or thinking most of the time. The only description was of their hair and I was informed several times that the Lady Angel was 'very beautiful' but how and why was she beautiful?
In order to empathise with them I really need to get to know them, of how their mind works, in order that I can care about what happens to them. I felt that this information was sketchy at best in this book.

Also, there is a timeline very near the end that I found confusing, it just didn't make sense.

Now to the positives! Overall though, I did enjoy reading this medieval fantasy, at only 126 pages long it was a quick, light and easy read, with likeable characters. I was particuarly impressed with Angel's toughness in dealing with her adversaries which both surprised and amused the men! I had a sense of the lives of people in those olden times. Whilst reading I was reminded of Barbara Erskine's Lady of Hay.

This is a paragraph (page 33) where Angel is adjusting to her new life

It was certainly beautiful here, Angel mused to herself silently. She would have no qualms about staying here in this time and place. There was a sense of being and belonging that she had never felt before. Not even back in her own time. It was like finding the perfect pair of jeans that fit you just right.

This is a book that would appeal to anyone interested in medieval times/romance and who doesn't want a complicated storyline.

About the Author:

You can read about Ronda Melendez here

Her sequel to Knight's Angel will be available soon and is called Angel's Heart.

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