The King's Man : Welsh Blades

  • by Elizabeth Kingston
  • Narrated by Nicholas Boulton
  • Series: Welsh Blades
  • 9 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Laura Kinsale Presents...an intense and haunting historical romance by talented new author Elizabeth Kingston. The sword-wielding daughter of a Welsh rebel crosses weapons with King Edward's favorite killer.
Ranulf Ombrier is notorious throughout England for his skill at swordplay and murderous reputation. But after years of doing his king's bidding, he follows his conscience away from Edward, all the way to the wilds of Wales. Gwenllian of Ruardean, Welsh daughter of a powerful Marcher lord, has every reason to leave Ranulf for dead when one of her men nearly kills him. As a girl she was married by proxy to a man Ranulf murdered, only to become a widow before she ever met her groom. In the years since, she has shunned the life of a lady, instead studying warfare and combat at her mother's behest.
Saving her enemy's life comes with consequences, and Gwenllian and Ranulf are soon caught up in dangerous intrigue. Forced together, they discover a kinship of spirit and a surprising, intense desire. But even hard-won love cannot thrive when loyalties are divided and the winds of rebellion sweep the land.

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What the Critics Say

"I love this book because it's a great, angsty medieval, brought to life in the old school romance tradition. It's got a kick-ass heroine (who isn't a brat) and a dark, brooding hero with a past. It's read by Nicholas Boulton. And we get to hear how those lovely Welsh vowels really sound, in Nick's to-die-for voice. Like many of you, I've been anxious to hear him read fresh new works, and we're making it happen. Enjoy! And be sure to let us know what you think of Nick's performance of Kingston's unique characters in the reviews." (Laura Kinsale, author of Flowers from the Storm)
"In a deep, gravelly voice, narrator Nicholas Boulton performs this tale of sworn enemies in Wales in the 1280s...Boulton incorporates a dozen different accents--from lilting Welsh to lightly accented English--without missing a beat and brings breathless, action-filled sword fights to life. Amid complicated political wrangling for control of the Welsh and Marcher lands, King Edward marries Gwenllian to Ranulf, which brings about a stormy, passionate peace--and some steamy sex. Listeners will be captivated by this story of loyalty, honor, and love." (AudioFile)

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WOW! Please give me more!

Where does The King's Man rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

For pure pleasure, up there at the top! Elizabeth Kingston was an unknown quantity but I should have trusted Laura Kinsale, who brought her to us with wonderful Nicholas Boulton.

It was pure joy!


What did you like best about this story?

The setting is one of my favourites Historically and I am very familiar with the times and Edward 1 and his treatment of the Welsh people.
Elizabeth Kingston's writing was quite beautiful and not an Americanism anywhere!


What does Nicholas Boulton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Nicholas Boulton must be the best Narrator ever; each character is perfection and his Welsh accents are just so unbelievably good, male and female.

(I wish someone would grab him to read Dorothy Dunnett's 'Lymond Chronicles'.)


Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

My eyes were tearful numerous times and I was choked up purely because I was so taken with the characters and storyline.


Any additional comments?

This was a wonderful experience from a new writer and I hope there is more coming very soon. Perfect book read by the most perfect voice ever!

Thank you.

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- Kristin

The poetry of love ... contained in the prose

These characters jump out of this wonderful story and one feels that we are close up in a cinematic telling of medieval life. Wonderful.
More please Elizabeth Kingston! The truth spills out of the pages narrated so expertly and brilliantly by Nicholas Boulton.... I wanted to hear it again from the start.
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- Ellie g

Book Details

  • Release Date: 20-11-2015
  • Publisher: Hedgehog Inc Productions