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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Lady Thief by Wend Petzler

Lady Thief by Wend Petzler
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Heat Level: Spicy
Length: Full
Genre: Historical
Rating: 4.5 Books
Review by Camellia

Forced to hide her identity when her parents are murdered, Eiry Savoy dons the hood of a thief. When her enemies come too close, she realizes she needs a nobleman to deter the Sheriff of Derbyshire. Her godfather suggests the Butcher of Acre. Lucian Martine returns from the Crusades a much changed man, haunted by what he had committed in the service of Richard the Lionheart. When William Pembroke offers him a new life, he accepts, wishing to retire from war. What he doesn't expect is to find the child living in a rundown castle with a comely maid and a defiant stable boy. Or the peasants seeking his aid against a tyrant. Can Lucian find the strength to be the hero Eiry sees him to be? Will the Butcher have his heart stolen by Lady Thief or will he betray her to keep his honor?

With LADY THIEF Wend Petzler delivers on her promise to take us on a grand adventure and sweep us away form our normal world into the exciting realm of history full of romance. Occasionally, a modern expression slips in but the story is too good for the reader to be distracted for more than a moment.

Lady Eiry Savoy puts her life on the line to keep her sister Lilia safe, to avenge her parents’ wrongful death, and to help the people survive who have been disenfranchised by the greedy nobility of twelfth century England. When she knows she can no longer truly protect her sister, Eiry makes a bargain with the crusade knight called the Butcher of Acre who seems soulless.

Secrecy, lies, and political intrigue abound in LADY THIEF. The lady thief plies her trade along the King’s Highway in the Peake Forest next to Sherwood Forest.Here she saves Lucian Martine’s (the Butcher of Acre) life as he and his men make their way to Sanctuary, the home of Lilia and Eiry who pretends to be Lilia’s nanny.

The love scenes are awesome and the vivid secondary characters make this a wonderful story that is breathtaking at times and fraught with immense anxiety at other times.

LADY THIEF brought to mind some of my favorite characters of long ago that seemed like a bonus. This one is a true pleasure to read.