Knight Treasures by C.C. Wiley
Knight Treasures is Book 3 in the Knights Of The Swan series. I read Book 1, Knight Secrets, back in March this year and thoroughly enjoyed it (read my 5 star review here).
However, everything that I enjoyed about Knight Secrets just seemed to go horribly wrong here. The hero, Sir Derrick, behaved like an absolute pig to every woman who crossed his path, whether it was his mother who he’d exiled to a convent, his sister who he started browbeating almost immediately after she was rescued from a prison cell, or the heroine, Sabine, who he spent the majority of the book ogling, making suggestive remarks to or fondling despite knowing she’d fled from an abusive situation. How Sabine didn’t just leave him to die instead of nursing him back to health after an injury, I couldn’t fathom. Derrick spent the whole book tossing out orders all over the place, refusing to listen to anyone even if they did have a far greater knowledge of the situation.
The unexplained loose ends in Knight Secrets I didn’t object to became a tangled mess of unexplained nonsense here. We never did find out the motives of the priest who helped Sabine escape, despite the question being raised half a dozen times, and the timeline became an utter muddle as well.
The author’s language, grammar and punctuation is excellent, and she does have a superb handle on the harsh realities of life in the Middle Ages. Unfortunately, I despised the hero of the book so much I can’t bring myself to give it more than two stars.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review through NetGalley.