Song at Dawn
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Book 1 of the award-winning Historical Fiction series The Troubadours Quartet
Believable, page-turning and memorable. Lela Michael, S.P. Review
Winner of the Global Ebook Award for Best Historical Fiction
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.
One of the best historical novels I’ve read in a long time. Paul Trembling, Dragonslayer
The first book in The Troubadours Quartet is a walk through time! That is what it was like to read this fine novel. It drew me into the pages and would not let go of me until done! Bravo for a wonderful read! Arwin Blue, By Quill Ink and Parchment Historical Fiction blogger
Fascinating history - terrific plot. Brian Wilkerson, Trickster Eric Novels blogger
Page-turning intrigue in the best historical fiction tradition. J.G. Harlond, The Empress Emerald
Song at Dawn
Jean Gill paints you into the swill of life at court in 12th century France. Romance, intrigue, and ambition are not driven by personal desires alone but by society's rules and regs. These R&R are taught from birth and unquestioned by most. Gill's protagonists' questions not only follow a twisted and tortured path to who is trying to kill whom and why but how do you live in love with someone societally unavailable, and also how may a woman live HER life, expand HER talents and mind without being locked behind walls. This begins a troubadour's tale in troubled times. It is beautiful and violent, passionate and resigned. The wrap up is a tad abrupt but I highly recommend this book.
Fantastic medieval setting
I really enjoyed this. Wonderfully researched historical fiction that really immerses you in the 12th century.
Song At Dawn
A fascinating story of 12th century France and the affects of a disastrous crusade.