My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Reading this novel is reminiscent of hearing classic folk songs, which is deliberate. It's based on the medieval Lai de Bisclavet by Marie de France. There are themes of Tam Lin, Beauty & the Beast, classic werewolf tales and more, but at its heart it's a darn good story.
Tiarnan of Talensac is a "parfit, gentil knight", beloved by his people and his liege lord, and he has a secret. He goes into the woods and becomes a wolf a few days each month. When he marries, his secret puts him at risk, but he trusts love will conquer all.
Gosh, he sure is naive!
Anyway, there's a wonderful story here of a woman whose brains and morality outshine her beauty, a loyal lord, a scheming wife, a weasely enemy and faithful servants (even a faithful dog!). It's not a paranormal romance, but it's got a strong romantic element, and does a good job of capturing Medieval life in Brittany and Normandy.
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