A sparkling prize, the beautiful Mellusine of Ulle is awarded to the bastard-born Bruno of Jernaeve as a spoil of war. Bruno vows to tame the rebellious spirit of the captive beauty, but ultimately surrenders to her charms. Born of different worlds, joined in the flames of passion and intrigue, they find new strength in each other's arms Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.
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A sparkling prize, the beautiful Mellusine of Ulle is awarded to the bastard-born Bruno of Jernaeve as a spoil of war. Bruno vows to tame the rebellious spirit of the captive beauty, but ultimately surrenders to her charms.
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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Fires of Winter Tales of Jernaeve, 2. Aug 04, Jess rated it liked it Shelves: new , library-ebook , romance , all , romance-historical. I liked this. I found reading it very strange. The writing style was just so profoundly different than most historicals that I've ever read, that I'm wondering if it's an author thing or a medieval romance thing, because I don't think I've ever read too many of those.
But I loved the court politics stuff, and even though the romance starts on a REAL sketchy note, I came to like the hero and heroine together very much. Nov 27, Misfit rated it liked it Recommends it for: roberta gellis fans only. Shelves: one-time-read-only , historical-romance.
Do not be misled by this dreadful cover, it is not a bodice ripping romance, although it's not tops in the historical genre either. Despite his dubious parentage, Bruno uses his skills with swords and horses to make his way, eventually leading to service at the court of King Stephen who has usurped the English crown from his cousin Matilda. Melusine of Do not be misled by this dreadful cover, it is not a bodice ripping romance, although it's not tops in the historical genre either.
Melusine of Ulle is from Cumbria in the North and when the last of her family dies fighting against King Stephen she is brought to court as a lady in waiting to Queen Maude. For who knows what reason I never got it , Stephen decides to knight Bruno and marry him to Melusine, who is half mad with grief over the loss of her family and home, and when she recognizes her new husband as the man who took her from Ulle she attempts to kill him while he's sleeping. Eventually the two manage to build a strong marriage and relationship amidst the backdrop of England's Civil War between Stephen and Matilda.
I guess that sounds good enough of a basis for your usual historical romance and as much as I do enjoy reading Gellis this book has some problems. Told in the first person point of view of Bruno and Melusine in alternating chapters, the story tends to overlap and backtrack way too much.
As for the romance, so much of Bruno's service to Stephen keeps him on the battlefield and not sparring and making up with Melusine, so I suspect romance readers will be bored to tears. As for those who enjoy a bit more history as I do in their historical romances, the choice of such a complicated period in English history is not the best choice and came off to this reader as quite dry and not very interesting. The only real highlights of the book are the few times Bruno and Melusine are together, although they did get a bit corny and outdated at times, ROFL the constant references by Bruno to his "standing man" Sir Jehad and no I'm not going to explain what that means, if I did I'd get censored.
Three stars, only recommended for die-hard Gellis fans. View 2 comments. Feb 15, Madeline Hunter rated it it was amazing. This book was first published back in the '80s. It is longer, more detailed, and more historical than romances are today. There is a grittiness to it as well that you rarely find in historical romances now. Gellis was one of the queens of romance back then, and IMO one of the best.
I will admit, however, that my rating in part has to do with the role this book played in my life. It was the first historical romance I read, and it enthralled me.
I really did love it! Would I feel the same if I rea This book was first published back in the '80s. Would I feel the same if I read it today? I don't knowI don't reread most books, just as I don't watch many movies more than once. I think that anyone who enjoys historical romances with an emphasis on the "historical" and who is willing to accept a book that has some events that while accurate to the time are not acceptable now, and who is drawn in by vivid writing will enjoy this book, and all of those fat old ones by Gellis.
However, it is undeniable that we don't write them like they used to. Feb 19, Aneca rated it really liked it Shelves: medieval , read-in I am a big fan of Roberta Gellis medieval romances. Although she is better known for her Roselynde Chronicles whenever I find one of her books I always feel pretty happy and save them for a rainy day. Melusine of Ulle, daughter of Scottish nobility, is given in marriage to Bruno of Jernaeve, who secures her land for his sovereign, King David.
Born enemies, the pair has an inauspicious beginning when Melusine attempts to kill her new husband on their wedding night. But what makes this more than ju I am a big fan of Roberta Gellis medieval romances. But what makes this more than just a story of two people's rocky relationship is Gellis's wonderful style. Alternating chapters are written from the perspective of husband and wife, the work is historically accurate, and the narrative is sensitive and insightful.
For Gellis fans, the fact that some characters appeared in Tapestry of Dreams makes this work all the richer. This story is set during Stephen de Blois' reign and develops during its ongoing war with the Empress Matilda. The first half of the book is dedicated more to the relationship between the hero and the heroine. Growing up as the daughter of a noble family for her and as an illegitimate son of a noble man for him.
They meet in less that happy circumstances as Bruno, a knight in King Stephen's entourage, is invading Melusine's keep as her father and brother have turned traitor.
The King and Queen Maud decide a marriage of convenience for them and one could say that this more romantic side of the story continues till they come to terms with each other. The second half is about the fight for power and the political movements of the period. How Stephen alienated his brother's support who went to Matilda and how after Matilda and Robert of Gloucester invaded Germany and eventually fought till they imprisoned King Stephen. He would end up being released when Queen Maud imprisons Robert of Gloucester planning and exchange between them but it led to Henry, son of Matilda, being sworn heir to the throne of England after Stephen's death.
The book has one particularity I have not seen often, each chapter is written in the first person but alternating between Bruno and Melusine. This means we have their different views regarding what's happening, sometimes their different views on the situation they are in.
Gellis is really good at delivering interesting, true to their period, characters and in immersing her story in history. It made for a very interesting read! Grade: B Apr 22, Vivisection rated it it was ok. Having enjoyed Tapestry of Dreams, of course I had to find out what happened with Audris's half brother, Bruno. Of course I did. But what a disappointment. This book is a prime example of why people tell writers to show it don't tell it. Alternating narratives from Bruno and Melusine was annoying and there was too much history and not enough tupping.
I wanted more relationship between the main characters not their relationship with their royal highnesses. This is the second time this has Having enjoyed Tapestry of Dreams, of course I had to find out what happened with Audris's half brother, Bruno.
This is the second time this has happened to me in a week. The lesson here: Do not read historical romances by the same author one after the other. It does not bode well.
Fires of Winter
Her noble name made her a threat to the new king. To remain in favor he would do anything The beautiful, cherished daughter of Scottish nobility, Melusine of Ulle had all the privileges of rank. But her family and her life were destroyed by the ravages of war. A bastard son of an English lord, Bruno of Jernaeve was born with nothing. But through loyalty, cleverness, and brute strength, he carved out a spot at the right hand of the king.
Fires of Winter (Electronic book text)
Her noble name made her a threat to the new king. To remain in favor he would do anything The beautiful, cherished daughter of Scottish nobility, Melusine of Ulle had all the privileges of rank. But her family and her life were destroyed by the ravages of war. A bastard son of an English lord, Bruno of Jernaeve was born with nothing.