The Good Knight

The Good Knight An enthralling story sympathetic characters and a visit to another time another culture What can you ask of an author Medieval MysteriesIntrigue suspicion and rivalry among the royal princes casts

  • Title: The Good Knight
  • Author: Sarah Woodbury
  • ISBN: 9781466136816
  • Page: 370
  • Format: ebook
  • An enthralling story, sympathetic characters and a visit to another time, another culture.What can you ask of an author Medieval MysteriesIntrigue, suspicion, and rivalry among the royal princes casts a shadow on the court of Owain, king of north Wales The year is 1143 and King Owain seeks to unite his daughter in marriage with an allied king But when the groom iAn enthralling story, sympathetic characters and a visit to another time, another culture.What can you ask of an author Medieval MysteriesIntrigue, suspicion, and rivalry among the royal princes casts a shadow on the court of Owain, king of north Wales The year is 1143 and King Owain seeks to unite his daughter in marriage with an allied king But when the groom is murdered on the way to his wedding, the bride s brother tasks his two best detectives Gareth, a knight, and Gwen, the daughter of the court bard with bringing the killer to justice.And once blame for the murder falls on Gareth himself, Gwen must continue her search for the truth alone, finding unlikely allies in foreign lands, and ultimately uncovering a conspiracy that will shake the political foundations of Wales.Other books in the series include a prequel, The Bard s Daughter, and three novels The Uninvited Guest, The Fourth Horseman, and The Fallen Princess.

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    1. Excellent historical fiction. Felt like fine linen, rather than a fully realized tapestry. Got the facts straight, though it lacks the richness of Ellis Peters or Bernard Cornwell. Felt too modern both vocabulary and in character development.Speaking of Peters, the reader half expects a certain Welsh Benedictine monk to have popped up in several scenes as this story overlays the same historical events that Peters' The Summer of the Danes.A fun story; I look forward to more.A very good read.

    2. Gareth and Gwen I just love them.What I like about the Gareth and Gwen Mysteries is that the two characters are really lovable and very life like. They are both intelligent, good looking but there is not one once of arrogance in them.This time, Gareth is the suspect in the murder case he investigates rather than the detective! King Owain would hang him just because he does not like him, due to the malicious whispers from his devious brother, Cadwaladr, whom Gareth served at one time but refused [...]

    3. A quick read but, sadly, awful. Poor writing that is almost childlike, wooden characterisation and dialogue. Historical howlers proliferate like.s that happen a lot :PThere were no kings in Wales. Owain Mawr does not resemble himself at all. To be fair to the poor author, if she got her information from Wiki, he gets called a king on their page on him but he wasn't one. Wiki seems to be seriously lacking in knowledge about Wales full stop but that's another issue.Of course, the events of this no [...]

    4. who killed a neighboring Welsh regional king and why? the daughter of a bard and a Welsh knight come upon the scene of a massacre. their investigation uncovers treachery, intrigue, a meddling princess angling to be the over kings wife, Irish and Danes invade the land. the bards daughter is kidnapped and finally rescued by her true love. the traitor is revealed, the reasons for the murder made clear.

    5. This is the kind of writing that makes reading a chore. A long hard well written book can be a chore because it challenges the reader to become better at reading and understanding. This book made me wonder why the author hadn’t done her homework. Did she think that she didn’t need to? In the beginning there is a murder. A king has been ambushed and killed. The two main characters examine the body and declare that he was not killed in the heat of battle he was killed somewhere else and dragge [...]

    6. I really enjoyed this book. The murder mystery was captivating enough and the medieval setting was really good in my opinion. Based on historical facts I found it rather accurate in its description without been encunbered by too many detailed historic accounts, with a well balanced mixture of mystery, romance and scheming. Maybe I would have given some of the characters more depth. My romantic side would have enjoyed a bit more action, but this is first of all a mystery novel not a romance. I be [...]

    7. ++Possible Spoilers++This is a plot driven story where the romance is actually secondary. There is not even one kiss in this squeaky clean book and I was disappointed at what little romance there was.I am also a bit peeved that you have to read the second book to find out what happens to the H & h romantically. Needles to say, I don't feel a burning need to find out, so my read ends here.The story itself was pretty good if your into murder/mystery reads, but I found the whole "spy" thing lau [...]

    8. 4.5 stars - clean historical mysteryIt is 1143 and King Owain seeks to unite his daughter in marriage with an allied king, King Anarawd. But King Anarawd is murdered on his way to his own wedding, and the bride's brother, Prince Hywel works with his two best detectives, Gwen and Gareth to bring the killer to justice.Gwen and Gareth were separated 5 years ago when her father refused to let them get married. But a lot has changed in 5 years Gareth is now a knight and Gwen is now a spy for Prince H [...]

    9. As historical mysteries go, this is a pretty good one. It comes with a map of Wales and a pronunciation guide, and it's based on real historical events from the 12th century. The murder mysteries and various political plots are researched by a bard's daughter named Gwen who has raised her little brother since her mother died in childbirth and her old beau, Gareth, sent away in disgrace five years ago by an angry lord whose sadist order he refused to follow, but who turns up unexpectedly when a p [...]

    10. I am at a loss as to how many stars to give this book. I would probably give it at least three if I had read it and not listened to it. While I liked Gareth and Gwen, the main characters, I did not fall in love with them. Perhaps I need to get to know them better.My biggest beef here was the narrator. least one of her voices sounded more Middle Eastern than English and another almost American. I know it must be difficult to keep the voices separated as each character speaks but I would almost ra [...]

    11. Unusual but enjoyable take on medieval mystery.The heroes and heroine are star crossed lovers thrown together in the hunt for a murderer amongst the nights and princes of a disfunctianal kingdom. A nice, easy read.

    12. This book is the first in a mystery series that takes place in medieval Wales. The characters are interesting, and I always enjoy books where the protagonist is a woman. The secondary characters were well characterized and had sometimes outsized personalities. The author is clearly extremely knowledgeable about the time period and setting. The plot was quite clever, with a last-minute twist that was both unexpected and plausible. My only issue (but it's a big issue) is with the writing. The dial [...]

    13. Okay, I read this book as part of my summer reading challenge as a book written by an author who shares my initials:The book then; King Anarawd of Deheubarth is murdered, at first it seemed as part of an ambush by Irish Danes, but upon closer inspection, by an assassin known to Anarawd. Gareth, the eponymous Good Knight, and Gwenlian ap Meilyr, bard's daughter and spy for Prince Hwyel investigate. The writing pulled me straight into the environment of 12th century Wales, and hooked me quickly, I [...]

    14. This was a deviation from my usual reading material in that it is neither Young Adult nor Fantasy. Nonetheless, it was free for Kindle and had “knight” in the title. I decided to give it a shot and what I got was certainly worth the read!The plot:This is a mystery set in medieval Wales with enough twists to keep me guessing. There’s a dash of romance, a good dose of action, and enough historical fact to make it authentic, but not overwhelming. Despite this being a little different from my [...]

    15. This is an excellent medieval mystery story. The characters are easy to like and understand. The nobles in the story(kings and princes) are surely a crafty bunch - and their actions deeply affect their subjects, including Gwen and Gareth. Gwen is a bard's daughter, brought to the castle with her father and brother for entertainment at the wedding of a princess to a king. On the way to the castle, the groom-to-be is murdered and suddenly we find that Gwen is a spy for a prince. A second helper fo [...]

    16. This book was written just for me. It had me in it as the heroine. A nobody that made a name for herself and got the man of her dreams eventually. A hero that was dashing, daring, and a damn nice guy and a really bad villain that no one guessed was bad. It had all the right ingredients for a super incredible book. I loved it from beginning to end.I think what I liked most about this book is the ease it was to read. It didn’t have any fancy speech, no huge words that I had to look up and no ter [...]

    17. This book turned out to be much better than I hoped when I picked it up. The main flaw is that the "detecting" (and the overall "feel" of the book) is a bit more modern than it should be (Ellis Peters set the standard for believable medieval detective work, and this book doesn't quite meet it). But the mystery is solid and has a nice twist in the end.I was also intrigued to realize that this book covers the same historical events as Peters' The Summer of the Danes, which I will now have to go ba [...]

    18. I started this a bit hesitantly because one reviewer had likened it to my old favourites, the Cadfael books. I can almost say I was prepared to be very critical. However, I found it's not really like Cadfael at all, it's a very good tale in its own right. It has a bit of everything, a murder mystery, a romance, adventure, fights, without anything being over the top. As I have had the pleasure of being seasick in the Menai Straits, there were pages where I had a huge amount of sympathy for Gwen, [...]

    19. The book gets a little frustrating around the half way mark with too many unknowns and the main characters always a step behind. I still don't understand the benefit of the to-be Queen to get involved and the abrupt personality change of the King was a bit strange. However, the involvement of the Danes definitely picked up the story that continued on until the unexpected (though not surprising) end. It's one of those books where you know nothing truly bad will happen to the main characters so th [...]

    20. Good story, intriguing mystery. Left me guessing until the end. It seemed like several people had motive and means to the murder. The romance between Gwen and Gareth leaves you hanging, so I was a bit disappointed. However, this leaves the author open to write more books in the series, which she has done. My only frustration was attempting to decipher the Welsh language (people's names, places, etc.); it slowed down the reading as I struggled to keep the names and places straight. A language gui [...]

    21. I enjoyed this book. It isn't my usual genre. Who killed the King? Why are there so many bodies popping up? Will this young couple ever, ever, ever get together? With poisonings, ambushes, kidnappings, jail this book keeps you in suspense. There were a couple things I wasn't enamored with but at the moment they seem insignificant. (maybe I'll recall when there isn't a football game on) I loved that many of the characters we read about were actual people in history and that events were similar. I [...]

    22. I was a bit hesitant about buying this one as mystery books are not among my favourites. But having bought all of Sarah Woodbury's other books and thoroughly enjoyed them, I clicked on the button. I did enjoy reading it, in fact it jumped the (long, long) queue of waiting books and now I am waiting for the sequel to appear as I definitely want to read more about Gwen and Gareth.( Ideally I would have givin it 4.5 stars as only favourite books normally get 5, but 4 would feel mean as it is simply [...]

    23. First in the Gareth & Gwen medieval mystery series set in 12th century, 1143, Wales. Gareth is a right hand retainer to the second son of Welsh king Owain while Gwen (daughter of a court bard) works as a spy for prince. There is murder, court intrigue and rivalry among members of various Welsh royal families when the king who Owain has arranged to marry his daughter is murdered on the way to the wedding. Gareth and Gwen are tasked to find the murderer.Very good historical mystery with good W [...]

    24. I am not a huge fanof mediaeval mysteries but this one looked interesting so I gave it a try and was quickly hooked. I have read some reviews that critique the accuracy of the forensic details and the historical weaponry, but any such errors didn't leap out at me or interfere with my enjoyment of the story. The author did use a recorded murder as the basis for this story which came out in the end notes for the book. Gareth and Gwen were her own creations however, and Gwen, a bard's daughter does [...]

    25. Really enjoyed the "Gareth and Gwen" series (two more books). The setting is medieval and the plot is a mystery. One of the most interesting things about this book was how closely it followed real history and incorporated it into the setting and plot. Many of the characters were real people also, although not Gwen and Gareth, at least I don't think so!! If you are a history buff who enjoys mystery and a little romance,read this book and its two sequels and you won't be disappointed. Some of the [...]

    26. The good knightThe good knightVery fast paced, very well written. started maybe a little slow for me but then boom you were hooked and reading as fast as the story was moving. Good plots, different suspects, the book kept you changing your mind as to who the bad guy was. overall I give it five stars for keeping me wanting to know what was next. couldn't put the book down. Good writing by the Author.

    27. Absolutely loved it! A relatively easy read but very enjoyable. Love the characters and the story-line. Even though it is an historical novel and based on fact it was written in a way that was easy to follow and could have been set anywhere in time actually and worked almost as well as pure fiction. The only trouble I had was pronouncing the Welsh names correctly.Highly recommend this book and looking forward to reading the rest.

    28. A lot of history about Wales in the 12th century including war, intrigue, and power struggles plus an interesting mystery using some physical evidence and keen observations to help gather facts and solve the ambush and murder of a Welsh king and his escort while en route to his wedding.No sexNon graphic violence

    29. This was a good read! I enjoyed reading a book from this time period that wasn't all rape, sex, slaughter and dirt. Sometimees you try to read a book about this era in time and wonder how humans are still here today!But I actually liked this one and how honest they were about each person's "Human" attributes, Not making them out to be perfect!

    30. I began reading *The Good Knight* thinking this might be another romance dressed up like a historical novel. However, I was pleasantly surprised. The reader is transported to Wales during the 12th century with characters that are well drawn and a plot that has many plausible, but sometimes unexpected twists and turns. I didn't want to put it down. I've found another author to follow.

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