When Roger Mortimer lost his head, Mathias de Reyne was spared because of his great and fair reputation. Stripped of his lands and titles, however, he was forced into obscurity. He became known in legend as The Fallen One. More than a year after being stripped of his knighthood, Mathias now makes his living as a blacksmith in the north Cumbrian town of Brampton. One morning, he hears cries for help and, being an innately brave and helpful man, follows the cries and comes upon a terrible scene. Rescuing a young woman from a fiend, he very quickly realizes that the young woman is the most beautiful he has ever lain eyes upon.
The Lady Cathlina de Lara is a lush beauty with dark hair and flashing dark eyes, and the attraction between the pair is immediate. But she is also a de Lara, related to the man who took Mathias' titles from him - his former best friend. Still, he cannot forget the dark-eyed beauty and soon finds himself swept up in a wildly passionate love affair, breaking his promise to never bear arms again by resuming his knighthood without the permission of the king and fleeing to Scotland. From the brutal Scots borderlands to the fields of Dupplin Moor and a historic battle, join Mathias and Cathlina as their journey in life takes them on a passionate adventure of love, life, learning, and the redemption of the man once known as The Fallen One.
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By tresjax on 27-04-14
What did you love best about The Fallen One?
I loved the story of redemption, love, loyalty, and bravery in a time of chivalry and honor. Mathias and Cathlina, their families and the knights of the Dragonblade trilogy reunited made for an adventure to savor. Tim Campbell's performance as narrator was perfect! He brought to life each character in such a wonderful way, I felt as if I were sitting in a theater as an audience member of a terrific production.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Midgie made me laugh. as did the reactions to those around her. Her character was a wonderful addition to the story. I also loved the knights of Dragonblade, as they faced the enemy again.
What about Tim Campbell’s performance did you like?
His voice was perfect. He not only enunciates well, his slight accent brings to mind the era of which he speaks. He treats each character with a different voice, in a way that is not exaggerated, but subtle enough that you immediately know which character is speaking at each moment. He literally acted the entire novel out himself! It was terrific.
If you could take any character from The Fallen One out to dinner, who would it be and why?
I believe it would be a toss up between Tate de Lara's wife "Toby" because of the way her character has been written as a well educated, strong willed woman and Keir St. Hever because of his sense of humor. Either would make for interesting dinner conversation.
Any additional comments?
I loved the story when I read it as a book, and as an audiobook it was even better. Tim Campbell did a terrific job with the story, he was AMAZING, and I highly recommend this to anyone who loves the historical romance.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
By Arlene on 08-11-14
Justin Hayward wrote "Nights in White Satin"
What disappointed you about The Fallen One?
I'm so tired of everyone being beautiful or unbearably handsome - I feel like I'm reading about aliens.
What was most disappointing about Kathryn Le Veque’s story?
Her failure to credit the lyrics from "Nights in White Satin" at the beginning of Chapter 1 to Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues. If she did this intentionally, shame on her.
Which scene was your favorite?
None - her characters seem similar to too many characters in her other books. I can't relate to them because they don't seem or act like real people.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Fallen One?
I'd credit the quote from "Nights in White Satin" at the beginning of Chapter 1 to their rightful author - Justin Hayward. She also desperately needs an experienced editor to tighten up her storylines and get rid of redundant plots.
Any additional comments?
I liked many of the first Kathryn Le Veque novels that audible provided, but I'm very cautious now when buying any more. Some of her storylines are too repetitious, some of her heroines are just too stupid to care about, and I'm really sick of the predominantly beautiful and superficial heroines who have nothing else going for them.
6 of 8 people found this review helpful