The flaxen-haired Chandra watched with love as de Corbney grew to manhood, his hair as black as deep night, his fierce blue eyes shining with the victories of the jousting fields that won him the name heralded throughout England: the Blue Falcon.
He is a knight of the King now, his prowess with sword and lance a legend in the fields of war. And in the bold, sweet gaze of the beautiful Lady Chandra, the Falcon meets his equal in will and destiny, and discovers-at last and too late–the simple and fatal truth of love.
For around them, a fine and deadly web of cunning, greed and cold deceit is tightening….
Let’s have a moment of honesty. Do you know why I sometimes read historical romance out of my free will? Because, with applying a proper approach, such books are so funny and so easy to criticize. They have a special charm, especially in summer when you are not exactly keen to write a review or even read at all. The Blue Falcon was a real gem- so bad that it was almost good: predictable, idiotically anachronistic, full of cheesy sex scenes (but small wonder, it was published in 1981 for the first time) and carton-flat, two-dimensional characters. You know me, I could go on and on like that almost forever, with or without emoticons and memes. Still, let’s focus this time on the weird side. Because this book was weird, I assure you.
1st weird thing: Lady Chandra. Or, more precisely, her name. We are talking about times of Richard the Lionheart and the Crusades, the second half of 12th century. Chandra is a Hindi name which means ‘Moon’. Now I wonder: how come English parents living in medieval England knew about it and were courageous enough to give it to their daughter… after all it is a name of a heathen deity, not a Christian name…
2dn weird thing: Lady Chandra again and her forced and inadvertently kinky marriage to sir Tedric, one of the baddies. Well, in a nutshell, when it came to those two nothing worked for me. It’s obvious Chandra loves somebody else (and his name is Conan, people, CONAN for heavens’ sake!) BUT, nevertheless, at one point she practically invites her horrible, brutal, rapist hubby to her bed under a pretext she is charitably sheltering her pregnant servant who, by the way, got knocked up by nobody else but sir Tedric himself. Then our sweet lady is disapointed because, surprise, surprise, once again nothing good came out of it. What did she expect? Does it make sense? If yes, then please, illuminate me in your comments.
3rd weird thing: the Crusades. In the book of Ms. Carr they sound practically harmless, like any business trip. Everybody Chandra knows joins the Crusade and returns unscathed. It is just a quick way to get rich and get noticed by the king at the same time. Mind-boggling.
4th weird thing: Sir Conan. Really, dear author, are you trying to persuade me that that there were other Conans apart from Conan the Barbarian? Sorry, I simply can’t believe it!
It was fun to read but NEVER again! I am going to shun this author and the rest of her books as well.