Bantam, Mar 2001, 5.99
In 1476 England, Galen de Marlowe hides in remote Durance Guarde so he can concentrate on the visions of a malevolent being threatening the royal family. He sees a shadow smothering two boys who Galen assumes are the sons of his friend Edward the King.
Honor Stafford heads home after four mostly lonely years of marriage to Aymer Jennings, who recently died in an accident. She decides to temporarily stay at Durance Guarde, an allegedly evil place, to regain her equilibrium and to enjoy her freedom before dealing with family desires to marry her again against her wishes again. The keep lies on disputed land in which de Marlowe and Stafford claims ownership, but neither bother is able to prove it belongs to them.
Honor meets Galen and an attraction springs their between them to both their dismay. He decides she must be married to get her off his case and escorts her to see the King. However, as Galen and Honor fall in love, a dastardly deed begins to take shape to gain control of the English throne.
LEGEND is an amusing medieval romance that is not the typical Suzanne Robinson TREASURE. The story line is entertaining, but the characters, though interesting, act a bit weird and inane, and never captures audience empathy for their plights. Ms. Robinson's fans will be astonished by this change in direction to a fifteenth century romp that seems to satirize the author's more serious historical romances.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner