Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Showcase Review - The Ballad of Rosamunde by Claire Delacroix

The Ballad of Rosamunde was a story that was a long time coming for me. When I first read Claire's The Snow White Bride in 2005 I was devastated with the deaths of Tynan and Rosamunde ill-fated lovers and hoped she'd give her readers closure. Finally in 2010 she published the short story The Ballad of Rosamunde in The Mammoth Book of Irish Romance Anthology and I finally breathed a sigh of relief. There are several ways to read Rosamunde's tale and they're listed below. I hope you enjoy my showcase and review of the audible edition of The Ballad of Rosamunde!

Publisher: Deborah A Cooke
Release Date: 06/08/2015
Length: 1 hour and 35 minutes

Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
Buy It: Amazon/Audible

Also available in the Jewels of Kinfairlie Boxed Set- And is included in the 2014 release of The Snow White Bride and in Claire's short story collection Beguiled

A pirate queen trapped in the realm of Faerie, Rosamunde can be freed only by true love. The man she loved is lost to her forever, so she believes herself doomed. Padraig, long in love with Rosamunde, believes his life worthless since she disappeared. When he hears of her capture by the fey, he is determined to set her free, but can Rosamunde put the past behind her and learn to love anew?
This short story was previously published in the anthology The Mammoth Book of Irish Romance but appeared edited due to space constraints. This version contains the whole story. Rosamunde is a secondary character who appeared in The Jewels of Kinfairlie trilogy.

My Review
The Ballad of Rosamunde
By Claire Delacroix
The Ballad of Rosamunde is a short story that finishes telling the tale of Rosamunde Lammegeier. It picks up the story after Rosamunde’s apparent demise with her ill-fated lover Tynan that happened during Claire’s novel The Snow White Bride (Fans of Claire know that these two were raised as cousins but there’s no blood between them).
It's a story of unrequited love, betrayal and redemption told in her excellent epic medieval mode with period perfect vistas, dialogue and characters that jump off the page.
Fans will really appreciate Claire’s finishing her tale but those who haven’t read The Rogues of Ravensmuir series and especially The Jewels of Kinfairlie may feel a little left out.
The audible edition is once again put in the capable hands/voice of the brilliant Saskia Maarleveld, who has a way of bringing the listener body and soul into the story. And whose mesmerizing voice and seductive accent performs both male and female, fae and human characters meticulously with her marvelous vocal range and perfect intonations.

Rosamunde Lammegeier, adopted daughter of Gawain and Evangeline Lammegeier (The Scoundrel) was an unconventional woman, some called her pirate, who sailed the seas as captain of her own ship and relished in the buying and selling of relics (the family’s questionable business). It was thought that she and her ill-fated lover, Tynan both perished when Ravensmuir keep crashed to the ground but instead she was trapped in the realm of the fae. While there she realizes she gave her heart to the wrong man and is sad that she’ll never be able to right that wrong.
Padrig Dean knows of the fae, his mother was a believer so when he’s approached by the fae queen and told a tale that his true love did not die in the rubble of her lover’s keep but is alive but in danger in the realm of the fae, he believes her. But the fae don’t play fair and he knows it won’t be easy but he also knows that he’ll do whatever is necessary to reclaim the woman he loves, the woman who never knew of his feelings because he never told her.

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Bestselling and award-winning author Deborah Cooke has published over fifty novels and novellas, including historical romances, fantasy romances, fantasy novels with romantic elements, paranormal romances, contemporary romances, urban fantasy romances, time travel romances and paranormal young adult novels. She writes as herself, Deborah Cooke, as Claire Delacroix, and has written as Claire Cross. She is nationally bestselling, #1 Kindle Bestselling, KOBO Bestselling, as well as a USA Today and New York Times’ Bestselling Author. Her Claire Delacroix medieval romance,The Beauty, was her first book to land on the New York Times List of Bestselling Books.

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  1. Great showcase and review Debbie!

  2. Thanks for another great review, Deb!

  3. I love this series. I am waiting for the newest release :) and the audios are outstanding :)

  4. Will keep it in mind. Like those two words apparent demise! But will go back to start at the beginning, have them all lined up in my wish list at Audible waiting for the right moment!

  5. I haven't read much Irish romance. I'm really glad that the author finally gave you the closure you were looking for.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    1. Me too Melanie, not that i didn't wait long for it LOL

  6. "It's a story of unrequited love, betrayal and redemption told in her excellent epic medieval mode" Say no more, I'm sold!

  7. I might need to pick these up for my audio adventures while I'm walking with my dang fitbit. They're all that's gonna save me from the horror that is exercise. lol

    1. I'm doing more walking too Anna and as soon as little Pippa gets better acclimated to us I'll start listening to my audibles on our walks