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The Running Vixen This is a medieval romance novel set in the Welsh Marches along the English Welsh border in the early twelfth century It is one of Elizabeth Chadwick s earlier novels and I have been meaning to read it for a long time Although not immersed in historical fact as herrecent work, this novel is still a well crafted, imaginative tale The characters are fictional figures instead of historical, however the context within which they are placed is just as historically valid and well researched This is a medieval romance novel set in the Welsh Marches along the English Welsh border in the early twelfth century It is one of Elizabeth Chadwick s earlier novels and I have been meaning to read it for a long time Although not immersed in historical fact as herrecent work, this novel is still a well crafted, imaginative tale The characters are fictional figures instead of historical, however the context within which they are placed is just as historically valid and well researched as you would expect from this talented author.This novel follows on from an earlier novel, The Wild Hunt Although the story is self contained and therefore can be read by itself, I would still recommend reading them in order The female protagonist in this novel, Heulwen, is the daughter of Guyon, the male protagonist in The Wild Hunt Thus it is intriguing to read of the next generation and see how events have transpired.Not only have events moved forward for our characters, the kingdom has also gone through turbulent events This story is set during the time of Henry I, six years after his son and heir drowns in the sinking of The White Ship It can be argued that this tragic event was the catalyst for a period of English history known as The Anarchy After losing his heir Henry I is left with only one legitimate living child his daughter, Matilda Although this novel takes place prior to The Anarchy , Ms Chadwick does a marvelous job of portraying the discontent the English lords felt at having to pay homage to a woman What I liked about this novel in particular is that whilst it alludes to the grand historical picture, the focus is primarily upon the relationship between Heulwen and Adam, a well respected knight and land holder in the Welsh Marches Adam was the ward of Heulwen s father and therefore they grew up together It is evident from the very beginning that Adam has always held deeper feelings for Heulwen and yet she married elsewhere as a young girl When the reader is introduced to the characters Heulwen is a young woman, a widow, and searching for a husband that will provide her with a marriage of convenience Although it takes time to fully puzzle it out, the reader is aware that her first husband broke her heart in some way and thus she is not looking for a love match She has sealed off her heart to prevent herself from being hurt once.The villain in this story is, of course, the man whom Heulwen has decided to marry Oblivious to his atrocities, it is Adam who must bring them to light whilst trying to win Heulwen s hand at the same time This leads to an alluring medieval romance tale that I found to be a very entertaining read Ms Chadwick does a wonderful job of bringing the past to life and allowing the reader to view the romance in context We are not viewing Heulwen and Adam as a modern couple merely living in the past, rather they are a true medieval couple Their mannerisms and ideals are very different to our own and yet the depth of their feelings are the same Love might very well be the only thing that has not changed throughout the centuries.I look forward to reading the last book in the trilogy, The Leopard Unleashed 8 10 This follows on nicely from the first book in the Ravenstow trilogy and I really enjoyed it It does go off on a completely different angle from the first which I found a nice change of pace The two main characters are both a lot older and worldly wise when they get together scandalous for the the time, the scene in the rented house made me chuckle I felt the connection between the characters and did spend a lot of time willing them to get over themselves and just get together already 8 10 This follows on nicely from the first book in the Ravenstow trilogy and I really enjoyed it It does go off on a completely different angle from the first which I found a nice change of pace The two main characters are both a lot older and worldly wise when they get together scandalous for the the time, the scene in the rented house made me chuckle I felt the connection between the characters and did spend a lot of time willing them to get over themselves and just get together already One thing I really liked about this was the revisiting of some of the older characters from book one, particularly Miles, always likable and a nice voice of reason for the two stubborn leads.For historical context this is again light, the focus is muchon the love story here Not a bad thing at all I found it immensely enjoyable and a strong follow up to EC s first novel Book Two in the Ravenstow Trilogy 3.5 Stars This book tells the story of Guyan s newly widowed natural daughter Heulwen and Adam de Lacey who was raised in Guyan and Judith s household Adam has just returned from escorting Maude Mathidla from Germany back to England to be sworn in as Henry I s heir, to the chagrin of the Barons Although raised as brother and sister, Adam is in love with Heulwen, but she has plans to marry a man Adam detests, and Adam eventually comes across damning evidence a Book Two in the Ravenstow Trilogy 3.5 Stars This book tells the story of Guyan s newly widowed natural daughter Heulwen and Adam de Lacey who was raised in Guyan and Judith s household Adam has just returned from escorting Maude Mathidla from Germany back to England to be sworn in as Henry I s heir, to the chagrin of the Barons Although raised as brother and sister, Adam is in love with Heulwen, but she has plans to marry a man Adam detests, and Adam eventually comes across damning evidence against him Naturally, sparks fly between the two and Adam and Heulwen are caught by Warrin in a compromising situation that leads to a battle for the death between the two This was an interesting tale set amidst the background of the intrigues and treachery of Henry I s court, and I very much enjoyed seeingof Guyan and Judith and their brood of children, most especially that scamp Renard This is the second time that I ve read this book, the first being about two years ago before I had read much of the author s later works It was interesting to revisit one of her earlier books and see the contrast between them and how the author has grown Interestingly, many parts of this book reminded me of Roberta Gellis Roselynde Chronicles, and very different in style from The Wild Hunt While a well told tale, I did not find the effortless sense of time travel she shows in her later works, as she seamlessly blends the sights, sounds smells, clothing of the medieval period into her stories I definitely like the new cover much better than the one I have image error Elizabeth Chadwick s THE RUNNING VIXEN, the sequel to her debut novel THE WILD HUNT, is muchthan just another historical romance Instead it s a vibrant and often moving story of the loving relationship that develops between two opposed characters, supported by a rich historical backdrop that most authors have difficulty in achieving.Many of the supporting characters return from THE WILD HUNT and Chadwick has lost none of her ability to bring the Norman era to life From melees and tournam Elizabeth Chadwick s THE RUNNING VIXEN, the sequel to her debut novel THE WILD HUNT, is muchthan just another historical romance Instead it s a vibrant and often moving story of the loving relationship that develops between two opposed characters, supported by a rich historical backdrop that most authors have difficulty in achieving.Many of the supporting characters return from THE WILD HUNT and Chadwick has lost none of her ability to bring the Norman era to life From melees and tournaments to cross Channel trips and rides around the Welsh border, her story is never less than alive and full bodied The protagonists are likeable and, crucially, believable, and their developing romance is both poignant and devoid of cliche.One of Chadwick s particular strengths lies in the richness of the historical detail that she brings to the table and I can think of few authors who achieve the level of seemingly effortless realism evident in this novel Another aspect I really like is that the harshness of the era is evident in the plotting there s no sugar coated fantasy here Instead of dragging the mood of the story down, however, these dark inroads merely add to the novel s themes of love, sacrifice and understanding Book Two in the Ravenstow Trilogy 3.5 Stars This book tells the story of Guyan s newly widowed natural daughter Heulwen and Adam de Lacey who was raised in Guyan and Judith s household Adam has just returned from escorting Maude Mathidla from Germany back to England to be sworn in as Henry I s heir, to the chagrin of the Barons Although raised as brother and sister, Adam is in love with Heulwen, but she has plans to marry a man Adam detests, and Adam eventually comes across damning evidence a Book Two in the Ravenstow Trilogy 3.5 Stars This book tells the story of Guyan s newly widowed natural daughter Heulwen and Adam de Lacey who was raised in Guyan and Judith s household Adam has just returned from escorting Maude Mathidla from Germany back to England to be sworn in as Henry I s heir, to the chagrin of the Barons Although raised as brother and sister, Adam is in love with Heulwen, but she has plans to marry a man Adam detests, and Adam eventually comes across damning evidence against him Naturally, sparks fly between the two and Adam and Heulwen are caught by Warrin in a compromising situation that leads to a battle for the death between the two This was an interesting tale set amidst the background of the intrigues and treachery of Henry I s court, and I very much enjoyed seeingof Guyan and Judith and their brood of children, most especially that scamp Renard This is the second time that I ve read this book, the first being about two years ago before I had read much of the author s later works It was interesting to revisit one of her earlier books and see the contrast between them and how the author has grown Interestingly, many parts of this book reminded me of Roberta Gellis Roselynde Chronicles, and very different in style from The Wild Hunt While a well told tale, I did not find the effortless sense of time travel she shows in her later works, as she seamlessly blends the sights, sounds smells, clothing of the medieval period into her stories This book peaked WAAAY too early It was also muchsexual than I expected That s not always a bad thing but for some reason at this stage in my book reading life, it annoyed me Halfway through the book, it seems like everything should end there This is my first Chadwick book that I ve ever read and now that I m perusing other reviews, I should have started elsewhere This book is certainly not BAD by any means The writing is VERY descriptive the characters are quite interesting and like This book peaked WAAAY too early It was also muchsexual than I expected That s not always a bad thing but for some reason at this stage in my book reading life, it annoyed me Halfway through the book, it seems like everything should end there This is my first Chadwick book that I ve ever read and now that I m perusing other reviews, I should have started elsewhere This book is certainly not BAD by any means The writing is VERY descriptive the characters are quite interesting and likeable but the feeling of the book just didn t do it for me It was not hard to get into initially for me but it was hard to keep reading Upon His Return Home To Wales In , Adam De Lacey Rediscovers His Love For Heulwen, His Stepsister, But She Has Agreed To Marry Adam S Foe, Warrin De Mortimer, A Man Involved In A Plot Against The King By The Author Of The Wild Hunt 3.5 starsI love reading Chadwick, when I start reading one, I feel like I m treating myself to something special.This is the second book following The Wild Hunt, I enjoyed reading about Judith again, I really liked her character in the first book.In this book the focus is on Heulwen , Guyun s daughter, and Adam, whom he raised.Adam has always been in Love with Heulwen, and now that she is widowed he sees a chance when her betrothed is suspected of treachery against King Henry.I didn t like Adam 3.5 starsI love reading Chadwick, when I start reading one, I feel like I m treating myself to something special.This is the second book following The Wild Hunt, I enjoyed reading about Judith again, I really liked her character in the first book.In this book the focus is on Heulwen , Guyun s daughter, and Adam, whom he raised.Adam has always been in Love with Heulwen, and now that she is widowed he sees a chance when her betrothed is suspected of treachery against King Henry.I didn t like Adam and Heulwen much, but it was an enjoyable read, we are introduced to Renard, whose book is the third one and I can t wait to read it Am thoroughly enjoying the reading of Ms Chadwick s early novelsyou rock, Elizabeth Your journey to the writer you are today is quite satisfying for this readerRead twice The last time to a recoving husband who is a heart patient. This isfocused on the love story Not much combat Much politics But the interactions among the members of Judith and Guyon s family are interesting and entertaining, especially tactless Renard.


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About the Author: Elizabeth Chadwick

Best selling historical novelist Elizabeth Chadwick won a Betty Trask Award for her first novel The Wild Hunt She has been shortlisted for the UK s mainstream Best Romantic Novel of the Year Award 4 times and longlisted twice Her novel The Scarlet Lion about the great William Marshal and his wife Isabelle de Clare, has been selected by Richard Lee, founder of the Historical Novel Society as one of the landmark historical novels of the last ten years When not at her desk, she can be found taking long walks with the dog, baking cakes, reading books of course exploring ruins, listening to various brands of rock and metal music, and occasionally slaving over a steaming cauldron with re enactment society Regia Anglorum.