Summary from Goodreads: Intrigue, suspicion, and rivalry among the royal princes casts a shadow on the court of Owain, king of north Wales… The year is 1143 and King Owain seeks to unite his daughter in marriage with an allied king. But when the groom is murdered on the way to his wedding, the bride’s brother tasks his two best detectives—Gareth, a knight, and Gwen, the daughter of the court bard—with bringing the killer to justice. And once blame for the murder falls on Gareth himself, Gwen must continue her search for the truth alone, finding unlikely allies in foreign lands, and ultimately uncovering a conspiracy that will shake the political foundations of Wales.
My Thoughts: I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Both Gareth and Gwen were fantastic characters, and authentic to the time period. Gwen especially was well-written. It’s not easy creating a female character that is vulnerable without her coming across as weak, but in Gwen we have a character that is both vulnerable because of the time in which she lives, yet strong in spite of it. The romance was convincing, the setting wonderfully described, and the story itself was historically accurate. Highly recommended to fans of historical fiction.