A Warrior and a WomanRannulf was known throughout the land as a bold warrior. Face-to-face with an oncoming army, he could decide matters of life and death. But now, face-to-face with one gentle woman, he was hopelessly confused and uncertain. Startled by Catherine's pale beauty when he first saw her, he was dumbfounded by her passionate radiance now, and he felt a desireA Warrior and a WomanRannulf was known throughout the land as a bold warrior. Face-to-face with an oncoming army, he could decide matters of life and death. But now, face-to-face with one gentle woman, he was hopelessly confused and uncertain. Startled by Catherine's pale beauty when he first saw her, he was dumbfounded by her passionate radiance now, and he felt a desire far different from his usual impersonal need for a woman.LOVE WOULD RULE THEIR DESTINY...
|Title||:||The Sword and the Swan|
|Format Type||:||Mass Market Paperback|
|Number of Pages||:||382 Pages|
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The Sword and the Swan Reviews
This novel takes place during The Anarchy, the civil wars between King Stephen and the Empress Matilda, but centered around a fictional pair. Stephen rewards Rannulf for his faithful service with the hand of Catherine, and the earldom that belonged to her deceased father (hope that makes sense). Rannulf's kind of grumpy and set in his ways and since he's already got the heir and the spare he doesn't really want the marriage, but there really isn't any way out without offending his King. Here's the short and sweet round up, because I'm tired of thinking about this book and don't want to spend all day writing a review when I could be reading. Rannulf is Stephen's sworn man, despite everyone seeing the writing on the wall and knowing it is time to put an end to war and put a strong king on the throne. Everyone seems to see the writing on the wall except Rannulf that is. While there is a romantic element in this story, that is not the main focus of it. This is mainly a historical novel, but the problem is if you aren't familiar with this period this is not the book to start - that would be Penman's When Christ and His Saints Slept. But then there's the rub, if you have read Penman you aren't going to get anything new here, and the constant misunderstandings between Rannulf and Catherine wore very thin, very fast. If they would have just talked to each other instead of assuming...
Hmmm... I'm all for angst and delaying the Inevitable get together of the main characters but seriously this got to be too much. The leads, Rannulf and Catherine may well have been speaking in different languages for all the misunderstandings & missed opportunities they had to let the other know how they felt. Took too long for me to hold out that hope.There was nothing new here with the feud and fighting to hold on to the crown for Stephen and the romance didn't do enough to fill out the story. It was good but not a "oh no! I'm sorry to see it end" book. The best books are ones that make me slow down as I near the ending because I don't want to have to leave my new friends and their world behind. The Sword and the Swan sadly didn't accomplish that for me.
I set myself a task to get rid of the books in my library that I don't like, but in my mind, I can't do that unless I re-read some of the older books - hence why this one wound up on my reading list. The first and only time I read this book was when it was first published. (I was quite the precocious reader - only five. And if you believe that, I have a bridge to sell...)Any way, as a *child*, I liked the book, and kept it for all these many years. In the re-reading of it, it is a decent book. I don't love it but I don't hate it. Admittedly, it wasn't the main characters - Rannulf and Catherine - that appealed to me, it was the history. It was well researched and I enjoyed the time period (@1154). The conflicts between Henry and Stephen, Stephen and Eustace, Stephen and, well, Stephen were interesting to read. So, now, having read it, I still haven't settled my original purpose - is it worthy to keep? (It is a paperback and it, literally fell apart while i was reading it but it is old and I have had it many years. Shelf space or no? I think I will hold onto it a bit longer to see how many others I dispose of first.
Really a prequel to the Roselynde series.
Nice little historical fiction plucked from the free shelf in the poolhouse. Earl tries to maneuver between Stephen and Eustace with help of wife. Anticipates Penman/Chapman.