Thursday, June 25, 2015

Book Review ~ The Color of Vengeance by Kim Iverson Headlee

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TITLE – The Color of Vengeance SERIES – The Dragon's Dove Chronicles (standalone excerpt from Book 2, Morning's Journey) AUTHOR – Kim Iverson Headlee GENRE – Early Medieval Historical Fiction PUBLICATION DATE – August 2013 LENGTH (Pages/# Words) – 5K words PUBLISHER – Lucky Bat Books COVER ARTIST – Cherry Tigris

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Vengeance was the only burial gift he could bestow.
When Angli cattle thieves slaughter his wife and son, Dwras son of Gwyn vows revenge upon their murderers. But how can a mere farmer prevail against ruthless, trained warriors? For the answer Dwras must look not to his sword, but within his heart.



Dwras jabbed the offending warrior on the shoulder. With a grunt, the man swung his head around to fix narrow eyes upon him.
“What d’ye want?” 
“My seat. I want it back.” Dwras lowered his eyebrows. “Now!”
“You—what?” The Lothian warrior’s laughter nearly made him choke. A grinning companion slapped his back. 
“Oho, Farmer Dwras thinks he’s one of us, lads,” chortled another warrior, making a shooing motion. “Be off with you! Back to your pigs, farmer boy.” 
They burst into cackles, hoots, and hog calls. Dwras felt his cheeks flush. 
The warrior in Dwras’s seat found himself buried under sops and ale.
“My mistake, sir.” He grinned devilishly. “I thought this was the sty.”

This is the first story I have read my Kim Headlee and I had enjoyed it.  This is a very quick read and an interesting read.  This is a prequel to her Dawnlight series.  This is a historical piece.

We start out at Prince Badulf invading a village.  A family is at the center of this and extremely bad things happen.  This ignite a village war. Dwras, the head of the family, want revenge for what has happen.  He is taken by a group of warriors but will he find what he is looking for.

This story is full of action but remember this is a short prequel to the series. I look forward to the first book and see if some questions in my mind are answered or cleared up.  But it’s a good short read and an interesting introduction to the series. 

by Kellie 

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Kim Headlee lives on a farm in southwestern Virginia with her family, cats, goats, Great Pyrenees goat guards, and assorted wildlife. People and creatures come and go, but the cave and the 250-year-old house ruins—the latter having been occupied as recently as the mid-twentieth century—seem to be sticking around for a while yet.
Kim is a Seattle native and a direct descendent of twentieth-century Russian nobility. Her grandmother was a childhood friend of the doomed Grand Duchess Anastasia, and the romantic yet tragic story of how Lydia escaped Communist Russia with the aid of her American husband will most certainly one day fuel one of Kim’s novels. Another novel in the queue will involve her husband’s ancestor, the seventh-century proto-Viking king of the Swedish colony in Russia.
For the time being, however, Kim has plenty of work to do in creating her projected 8-book Arthurian series, The Dragon’s Dove Chronicles, and other novels under her imprint, Pendragon Cove Press. She has been a published novelist since 1999, beginning with the original editions of Dawnflight (Sonnet Books, Simon & Schuster, ISBN 0671020412) and Liberty (writing as Kimberly Iverson, HQN Books, Harlequin, ISBN 0373771347).



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  1. Thank you for your thoughtful review, and I have =plenty= of "The Dragon's Dove Chronicles" novels for your consideration, including Dawnflight (The Dragon's Dove Chronicles, book 1), Morning's Journey (The Dragon's Dove Chronicles, book 2 and the parent novel to "The Color of Vengeance"), and "The Challenge" stand-alone novella set in the world of The Dragon's Dove Chronicles. And they are all a steal at 99 cents today!
    All my best wishes,
    Kim Headlee
    Stories make us greater

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