Merciless (Age of Conquest #1)
THE WULFRITHS. IT ALL BEGAN WITH A WOMAN.A battle. A crown. The conqueror. The conquered. Medieval England—forever changed by the Battle of Hastings. And the rise of the formidable Wulfriths.AN HONORABLE NORMANChevalier Cyr D’Argent convinced himself he joined Duke William’s invasion of England to reform its church and place its rightful king on the throne. But after a decisive Norman victory, the truth of his quest is revealed when his search for fallen kin leads to a Saxon grieving a boy slain by one of his own. Certain the defiant young woman will become the pick of the plunder, he forces her off the battlefield. Following a pilgrimage of penance, Cyr returns to England to seek his missing brother and claim the barony awarded by King William who stipulates he end the rebellion on his lands. He agrees, only to discover the woman he cannot forget is among those he must vanquish—and may even be their leader.A REBELLIOUS SAXONOn a fateful autumn day in 1066, Aelfled of Wulfen’s mistake leads to the death of her lady’s son. Unforgivable—as is the silver-haired warrior who tempts her to put a blade in his back then does the unthinkable in protecting her from his fellow Normans. Now under the usurper’s rule, faith crippled by her people’s suffering, she finds her sanctuary threatened when she becomes a pawn of the rebel leader—and destroyed when betrayal delivers her into the hands of the man who haunts her dreams. As the fires of unrest scorch lives and lands, Aelfled struggles to shield her heart as well as her people. But perhaps love can unite Normans and Saxons. Perhaps she is meant to be here…with him…for such a time as this.Thus begins the AGE OF CONQUEST series revealing the origins of the Wulfriths of the bestselling AGE OF FAITH series. Watch for FEARLESS: Book Two in Spring 2019.

Merciless (Age of Conquest #1) Details

TitleMerciless (Age of Conquest #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 16th, 2018
PublisherTamara Leigh
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Medieval, Romance, Historical Romance, Fiction

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Merciless (Age of Conquest #1) Review

  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    A new series featuring the Wulfriths? HELL TO THE FREAKING YES.
  • Sarah Monzon
    January 1, 1970
    Aaaaah!!!! SO GOOD!! This book has everything you ever want—intrigue, warrior heroes, strong heroines, wealth of history gleaming from every page, and romance. Oh the romance. I do not believe in soul mates or love at first sight but I DO believe in Cyr and Aelfled. Can’t wait for more books in this series! One of my favorite books this year.
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  • Susan Snodgrass
    January 1, 1970
    I was so excited to read this book. Very excited. I love Leigh's medieval tales, but this one didn't grab me as her others did. Much too busy and chaotic for me. I just could not get with it. But I will continue to read her books.
  • Fiction Aficionado
    January 1, 1970
    Oh my word! Never mind merciless; I’m breathless! Can medieval fiction possibly get any better than this? It’s no secret I’m a huge fan of Tamara Leigh’s Age of Faith series—it’s probably one of my all-time favourite series ever—but this series is already set to join it. The history, the characters, the romance—it’s just. So. Good!There can’t be many more compelling historical periods to write about than the Norman conquest, but even so, Tamara Leigh takes that setting and capitalises on the inh Oh my word! Never mind merciless; I’m breathless! Can medieval fiction possibly get any better than this? It’s no secret I’m a huge fan of Tamara Leigh’s Age of Faith series—it’s probably one of my all-time favourite series ever—but this series is already set to join it. The history, the characters, the romance—it’s just. So. Good!There can’t be many more compelling historical periods to write about than the Norman conquest, but even so, Tamara Leigh takes that setting and capitalises on the inherent tensions. Because, it might be Saxon vs Norman in the history books, but real life is much more complex. An honourable warrior cannot help but see the tragedy as well as the victory, and bitterness, ambition, and revenge can turn friend to foe even as a common goal and shared humanity can unite sworn enemies. And Cyr . . . *sigh* Tamara Leigh writes some of the best male characters I’ve ever come across. Considering the period, it’s hardly surprising that they’re often warriors, but they’re never cookie cut-outs. They’re layered and intriguing, and best of all, she lets us get to know them through their actions. And Cyr with Aelfled . . . major swoon factor. And yes, some of that is attributable to specific moments, but really, much of it is there in the subtext—in Cyr’s honourability, his care and consideration, and in the way he sees and admires the person Aelfled is rather than just the body she inhabits. Tamara Leigh is one of those authors who doesn’t have to hit you over the head with all the usual clichés—another reason she’s a firm favourite.If you love historical fiction, particularly medieval settings, you really can’t go past this author!
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  • Kim Gregory
    January 1, 1970
    Most of this story has little romance in it, compared to a lot of Tamara's stories. The is the story of Cyr De'Argent and his brothers, and cousins. After the battle of Hastings, Cyr is going through the dead looking for his brothers and uncle. Near his uncle's body he finds a woman weeping over a boy. Aelfled is the maid of her lady's son, who lies in her arms. She was watching over the lad when he slipped away to the battle with four of his friends, all of them died. Her guilt ties her to her Most of this story has little romance in it, compared to a lot of Tamara's stories. The is the story of Cyr De'Argent and his brothers, and cousins. After the battle of Hastings, Cyr is going through the dead looking for his brothers and uncle. Near his uncle's body he finds a woman weeping over a boy. Aelfled is the maid of her lady's son, who lies in her arms. She was watching over the lad when he slipped away to the battle with four of his friends, all of them died. Her guilt ties her to her lady, and her lady, the Lady of Wulfen, takes advantage of Aelfled's guilt.Cyr can't forget his encounter with Aelfled and asks for the land that is being given from the Wulfen Lands to be his. There is much to overcome to make the land his, and to endear the Saxon's to this Norman who killed many of them. Aelfled is torn between her Lady and Cyr. Behind the scenes the brothers and cousins are setting up their lives for their own stories to come! This is mostly a clean read. There is one scene after a wedding that gets a little steamy or TMI - But isn't erotic. No bad language.
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  • Valerie
    January 1, 1970
    I feel very privileged to have discovered Tamara Leigh's medieval love stories, they are top notch. There was a (thankfully) very brief misstep when the hero proposed, which was out of character for him as we got to know him in this story, but not enough to drop a star, because he quickly fixed his mistake, but other than that, there were no flaws, none!I loved the honest-to-himself hero, and the caught-between-two-paths heroine who was not mindlessly feisty.I loved the just right wedding night I feel very privileged to have discovered Tamara Leigh's medieval love stories, they are top notch. There was a (thankfully) very brief misstep when the hero proposed, which was out of character for him as we got to know him in this story, but not enough to drop a star, because he quickly fixed his mistake, but other than that, there were no flaws, none!I loved the honest-to-himself hero, and the caught-between-two-paths heroine who was not mindlessly feisty.I loved the just right wedding night scene; not too much, but not too little, either. I have noticed what I would call an improvement on that score over the course of the Age of Faith series, and am glad to see it continue.This book had a lot going on in it besides the love story, and it took a bit of concentration to get the characters straight, but it was well worth the effort, because now I will have many more books to read about the other family members. Very much looking forward to Fearless!
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  • Thestoryenthusiast
    January 1, 1970
    I was thrilled when I learned Tamara was writing a new origin series for the Wulfiths. This first book did not disappoint. I'm a huge fan of Tamara's books, but this is definitely my favorite in recent years. Cyr d'Argent is such a dichotomy, a warrior whose heart has been softened through his faith with compassion. I loved the special connection he and Aelfled shared, similar to soul mates. And I found the secondary characters, mostly Cyr's family intriguing. I'm looking forward to learning mor I was thrilled when I learned Tamara was writing a new origin series for the Wulfiths. This first book did not disappoint. I'm a huge fan of Tamara's books, but this is definitely my favorite in recent years. Cyr d'Argent is such a dichotomy, a warrior whose heart has been softened through his faith with compassion. I loved the special connection he and Aelfled shared, similar to soul mates. And I found the secondary characters, mostly Cyr's family intriguing. I'm looking forward to learning more about them as the series continues.
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  • Karen Allen
    January 1, 1970
    The Norman/Saxon struggles live and breathe within these pages.Once again Leigh leaves her readers thirsting for more. This book brings to life the exilerating tale of how the courageous, honorable Wulfrith Knights came to be. Tamara Leigh brings to life a tale of Saxon revenge, grief, loss of faith, mixed with a Norman code of honor and integrity. Love does conquer all. A must-read for the Norman Conquest fans and Age of Faith fans.
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  • Dee
    January 1, 1970
    Fantastic opening to the new seriesThis is not a quick read book, not too be devoured but to be savoured over several days . The style of writing was reflective to the times and therefore more authentic. Tamara has set the stage for the next two books and I am thoroughly looking forward to them.
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  • Michelle Bailey
    January 1, 1970
    Book 1I always eagerly await Tamara's books, And she never disappoints. I never know whether to pace my reading or continue long into the night. The story draws you in and you never want to leave, the characters are strong and their faith subtle. Merciless sets the stage for many more storylines and late nights.
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  • Laura McClellan
    January 1, 1970
    Worth the waitQuintessential Leigh. Characters who live and breathe on the page, in dilemmas that keep you turning pages long after you should have been asleep. Tamara Leigh brings history alive. I can’t wait for the release of book 2.
  • Denise
    January 1, 1970
    Medieval England and the rise of the formidable Wulfrith family...how did they come to be? Fiction woven from the Norman-Saxon Conquest. The battles, the loss, the conquerors and the conquered. This is a tale of chivalry in the midst of starting in a new land. From the first kiss to wedded bliss...Chevalier Cyr D’Argent of the Norman victory over England meets a Saxon beauty who steals his heart. Aelfled of Wulfen battles against her feelings toward Cyr and not betraying her people. Can love for Medieval England and the rise of the formidable Wulfrith family...how did they come to be? Fiction woven from the Norman-Saxon Conquest. The battles, the loss, the conquerors and the conquered. This is a tale of chivalry in the midst of starting in a new land. From the first kiss to wedded bliss...Chevalier Cyr D’Argent of the Norman victory over England meets a Saxon beauty who steals his heart. Aelfled of Wulfen battles against her feelings toward Cyr and not betraying her people. Can love forge unity between the Normans and Saxons? Though, there are budding romances in Merciless, this is a book setting the scene of this medieval time. I am greatly looking forward to the rest of the story after reading the teaser for the next book Fearless. Thank you for bringing history to life...giving heart to the people’s stories. Loved it!
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