Author: Jean Gill
Narrator: Jake Urry
Length: 12 hours 48 minutes
Series: The Troubadours Quartet, Volume 1
Publisher: Jean Gill
Released: Apr. 24, 2018
Genre: Historical Fiction
On the run from abuse, Estela wakes in a ditch with only her lute, her amazing voice, and a dagger hidden in her underskirt. Her talent finds a patron in Aliénor of Aquitaine and more than a music tutor in the queen’s finest troubadour and commander of the Guard, Dragonetz los Pros.
Weary of war, Dragonetz uses Jewish money and Moorish expertise to build that most modern of inventions, a papermill, arousing the wrath of the church. Their enemies gather, ready to light the political and religious powder keg of medieval Narbonne.
Set in the period following the Second Crusade, Jean Gill’s spellbinding romantic thrillers evoke medieval France with breathtaking accuracy. The characters soar and include amazing women like Eleanor of Aquitaine and Ermengarda of Narbonne, who shaped history in battles and in bedchambers.
“Historical fiction at its best.” (Karen Charlton, author of the Detective Lavender Mysteries)
Jean Gill is a Welsh writer and photographer living in the south of France with two scruffy dogs, a beehive named ‘Endeavour’, a Nikon D750 and a man. For many years, she taught English and was the first woman to be a secondary headteacher in Wales. She is mother or stepmother to five children so life was hectic.
Publications are varied, including prize-winning poetry and novels, military history, translated books on dog training, and a cookery book on goat cheese. With Scottish parents, an English birthplace and French residence, she can usually support the winning team on most sporting occasions.
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Jake Urry has been narrating and producing Audiobooks since February 2016, and in that time has released 28 titles, including The Cryptic Lines by Richard Storry, White is the Coldest Colour and A Mind to Kill by John Nicholl, the PI Harlan Ulrich series by Ambrose Ibsen, The Tesla Gate by John D. Mimms, and The Dragon Apocalypse Series by James Maxey. In 2018 Jake will be working on a wide range of Audiobooks across the genres of Mystery, Thriller, Fantasy, Horror and Sci-Fi.
I thoroughly enjoyed this mystery historical fiction by Gill! It was well thought out and had exciting moments that captured my intention instantly. I enjoyed that authenticness to how characters acted and the importance of rank in society that was brought up many times within the novel. I was a little confused with Estela and how she was able to give up so much so easily. I suppose she’s just hardier than what I imagined someone wealthy would do in that situation. Also Arno left me a bit confused on the romance end of this novel. I figure though we will get more explanation in the subsequent books. I am very fascinated by the overall mystery and look forward to how it comes about in future works! Gill has a great story on her hands, and I can see it becoming a favorite series of mine. I give it a 4/5 stars.
Jake Urry, I love him! He is an excellent narrator and truly brought me into the previous audiobooks I’ve listened to where he narrates. I wondered at first how he would transition his creepy and deep voice to fit a historical fiction with romance involved, but he did an excellent job! He has a voice made for suspense and just knows how to use it! He also did a great job with the female characters, as they didn’t sound all nasally, which some male narrators tend to do. I give the narration a 5/5 stars!!!!!
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Jake Urry. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.
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