Friday, August 11, 2017
Review: Rolf's Quest (Medieval Encounter Book 1) by Aubrey Wynne
In the autumn of 1139 A.D., in the Caledonian Forest of Scotland, Rolf sees his father talking to a tree.The tree turned out to be a curse that bound Merlin, a legendary sorcerer. Rolf, a first born son of Merlin's descendants, and the father asks Merlin to take Rolf and train him in hopes the curse on Merlin can finally be broken. Rolf's task is to find true love without the use of spells or trickery.
Rolf already has the woman of his dreams in mind, Melissa. The only problem: Melissa is already betrothed to Charles Roker, a Duke in the Court of King Henry II. The engagement was arranged by Melissa's family. Alas, the arrangement was made not for love but to strengthen alliances between families. But Melissa begins having dreams about a young man with dark hair. While traveling to London to meet Charles Roker, Melissa meets Rolf in the forest along the way. When the two meet they instantly fall in love.
At the coronation of King Henry, King Henry asks Melissa if she really wants to marry Charles Roker. She tells King Henry that she does not love Charles and does not want to marry him. Now can Melissa and Rolf find love with each other or will the loyalty to her family's wishes override her love for Rolf.
Shape shifting and wizardry, love vs. loyalty, bring this story alive amongst the famed history of King Henry II.
I really enjoyed this story. I thought it was very interesting because it was set in a historical romance in the 1100 A.D. time period. A time when Kings and Queens and Dukes and Princesses ruled the nations. It was a time when families betrothed their sons and daughters to gain power and favor. This author handles this with skill and detail to the historical record.
The characters in this novel were very well developed, memorable and strong. Rolf and Melissa represent young lovers in every generation.
Love is magical in and of itself but with the powers of a sorcerer thrown in it gives the story unexpected twists and turns.
This story captivates you from the very beginning and holds you spellbound. I highly recommend this book to everyone who loves a great love story.
Happy Reading Everyone!