I am very pleased to welcome Ruth A Casie today as she tours with Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours in support of her book, Knight of Runes. I am a big fan of time travel novels so this book appealed to me right away.
About Knight of Runes:
England, 1605. When Lord Arik, a druid knight, finds Rebeka Tyler wandering his lands without protection, he swears to keep her safe. But Rebeka can take care of herself. When Arik sees her clash with a group of attackers using a strange fighting style, he’s intrigued.
Rebeka is no ordinary 17th-century woman – she’s travelled back from the year 2011, and she desperately wants to return to her own time. She poses as a scholar sent by the king to find out what’s killing Arik’s land. But as she works to decode the ancient runes that are the key to solving this mystery and sending her home, she finds herself drawn to the charismatic and powerful Arik.
As Arik and Rebeka fall in love, someone in Arik’s household schemes to keep them apart, and a dark druid with a grudge prepares his revenge. Soon Rebeka will have to decide whether to return to the future or trust Arik with the secret of her time travel and her heart.
About the Author:
Hi – I’m Ruth A. Casie and I write historical and contemporary romance. You might be wondering what I’m about. Sit back and let me tell you.
I’m happiest when I’m telling stories either chatting in a group or writing them down. I love to put my hero and heroine in tough situations and dare them to work it out—together, always together. They haven’t disappointed. Oh, they complain but in the end their love and relationships are stronger than ever.
My stories feature strong women and the men who deserve them, endearing flaws and all. They will keep you turning the pages until the end. I hope my books become your favorite adventures.
Arik didn’t recognize the woman with Doward. He made it his business to know as much as he could about everyone who lived on or near his lands, in order to protect his domain. His horse pulled on the reins, eager to be away, but Arik was not finished.
“Who’s the woman, Doward? Is she traveling with you?” His tone was direct, his words
clipped. He wanted to make sure this woman wasn’t here to cause trouble. That was the last thing he needed.
Doward motioned to Rebeka. “Arik, this is Lady Rebeka. She was”—he hesitated—“on her way to the village from London. I found her hurt, dazed and alone on the trail. We’re traveling together. I decided I would act as her escort.”
“Her escort! Doward, I mean you no disrespect. You can hardly act as protector. This
woman puts you both in jeopardy.” He spit out the words, directing all his anger at Rebeka. What was the woman thinking, letting an old man like Doward protect her? Arik’s horse, Spirit, began prancing, startled by the outburst.
Rebeka stood taller, planted her staff on the ground in a quiet emphatic fashion and stared squarely into his eyes. “I can take care of myself, thank you very much.”
Arik shifted his attention to her, taking her in fully. He was used to facing men eye-to-eye. Most were intimidated and unable to hold his stare. He gave her his fiercest look, expecting her to look away, and was stunned when she stared back at him in the same manner. Arrogant. There was also a spark of something he couldn’t pinpoint. An instant chemistry of recognition and challenge. He quickly hid his feelings, a practiced talent.
She wasn’t as adept. He saw the recognition in her eyes before she won control of her reaction. She registered confusion, a sense of disbelief and white-hot anger.
She probably came up to his shoulder. He marveled at how the gold and copper flecks in her mahogany hair reflected in the sun. Although her hair was bound, wisps fell in gentle waves, framing her oval face. Her skin looked soft to touch and was vibrant and healthy even through the bruises. Her mouth was full and inviting, her white teeth perfectly straight. Her deep-set eyes, an extraordinary shade of violet shot through with flecks of silver, held his attention. He saw intelligence in them and passion. The intelligence was a surprise. The passion, well, he stirred that in many women.
I will start by noting this book ticked a lot of boxes for me before I even turned the first page; standing stones, time travel, England – I was all set. And I don’t judge books by their covers any longer because they can be very deceiving. While this wasn’t the most history based of historical fiction I have read lately the story was solid and bodice ripper cover belies what’s inside.
As with all time travel novels you just have to let reality go and accept the premise that someone can fall through stones and land in another century. If you try and fight this the book is just not going to work for you. You can’t try and logic it out, you can try and assume the impossibility of it. Just accept, accept, accept and enjoy the ride.
Arik is not sure about this new woman in his domain but he feels a spark around her. Rebeka is still trying to figure out how she came to be where (and when?) she is. Last she remembered she was learning about her new inheritance, Fayne Manor. THAT came as a huge surprise as her father never told her their family had relatives in that area.
Rebekah is explained away as someone who will help to figure out what is causing strange lightening and other problems in Arik’s domains. She soon settles into the household but all is not well as forces are coming for Arik. Problem is, he thinks Rebekah might be against him.
i really did enjoy this book; the story was intriguing and the Druid elements were different from most books I read. I do find myself with some questions left after reading the book but there is another chapter in the story and I suspect they will be answered in that next volume. It is good when a book leaves you thinking.
Knight of Runes was a great way for me to spend my Thursday. The hours sped by quickly as I went back in time with Arik and Rebeka.
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