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Black Lion's Bride Book Review Summary

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Ivy, May 2002, 6.99
ISBN: 0804119635

    In 1192 in the Kingdom of Jerusalem, a small person sneaks into the camp of King Richard and his fellow crusaders. The individual quietly creeps closer to the unguarded tent of the Lionhearted when Sebastian of Montbourne notices the sly movements. He intercepts the assassin saving Richard's life but takes a near fatal stab wound while the slippery foe escapes into the night.

    Zahirah, daughter of the king of the assassins, regrets her error, as she desperately wants to prove her worth to her father. To atone for her failure, Zahirah sets in motion a diabolical plan that will get her inside Richard's camp. An almost healed Sebastian rescues Zahirah from an assassin. Shocked that her savior lives, Zahirah and Sebastian fall in love but she learned from childhood to detest the Christians and how will he react when he finds out just whom his beloved is.

    BLACK LION'S BRIDE is a powerful crusader romance that truly depicts star-crossed lovers, as it's prime protagonists. The lead couple is a delight as neither want love with the other, especially Zahirah who always hated Christians. Though her “transformation” from loathing bigot to caring lover seems difficult to fathom, sub-genre fans will relish the locale, the differing perspectives, and the strong story line that displays the tremendous talent of Tina St. John.

Harriet Klausner
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner








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Plot & Themes

Forbidden/mismatched love?    -   Yes How mismatched?    -   loving someone from historic enemy    -   interracial loving! Action/suspense subplot?    -   Yes Action:    -   political intrigue

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   warrior/knight

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   killer

Setting

Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Israel

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment What % of story is romance related?    -   60% Focus of story    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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