Title – Song at Dawn
Author – Jean Gill
Genre – Historical Fiction
Length – 364 Pages
Publication – November 30th 2015 by The 13th Sign (first published October 12th 2011)
My Rating – 4/5 Stars
On the run from abuse, Estela wakes in a ditch with only her lute, her amazing voice, and a dagger hidden in her underskirt. Her talent finds a patron in Aliénor of Aquitaine and more than a music tutor in the Queen’s finest troubadour and Commander of the Guard, Dragonetz los Pros.
Weary of war, Dragonetz uses Jewish money and Moorish expertise to build that most modern of inventions, a papermill, arousing the wrath of the Church. Their enemies gather, ready to light the political and religious powder-keg of medieval Narbonne.
Set in the period following the Second Crusade, Jean Gill’s spellbinding romantic thrillers evoke medieval France with breathtaking accuracy. The characters leap off the page and include amazing women like Eleanor of Aquitaine and Ermengarda
of Narbonne, who shaped history in battles and in bedchambers.
This story follows Estela, who is thrust into the retinue of the Queen of France after she is found on the road side and proves she may have some worth.
From the start you know there is going to be a back story for Estela but you have no idea what.. and her story slowly comes out as you read the book, this made it a very compelling read as I just needed to find out what her story was.
I won’t lie.. from the cover of the book and the synopsis I was a little worried this book would be to “romance” for my tastes but Jean proved to be a brilliant writer, she gave just the right amount of romance for me to enjoy it.. and want more.
I really enjoyed the character of Dragonetz, a man of many talents not only can he charm women and have an abundance of musical talent he can also wield a sword… A perfect mix when it comes to historical fiction for me. I like blood, guts, laughter, music and love and this book gives it all
The storyline itself was very interesting, the plot that plays out was well thought out and kept me on my toes. I felt like Estela must have… I never quite knew who was behind things.. or who the real target was…. It was frustratingly brilliant.
At points in the book we were introduced to new characters and I did feel a little lost sometimes as at one point they came thick and fast but I soon managed to get me head around who everyone was and where there allegiances lie.
Overall I really enjoyed this book, it has a good mix of romance, violence and mystery to keep the reader interested and its full of rich detail for those who like a good amount of character development like myself.
I’ve already downloaded book 2 ready to read.
This book is currently free so you have no excuse not to get it! And book 2 is at the absolutely ridiculous price of 99p