Shadow Music

Shadow Music

A Novel

Large Print - 2007
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The beautiful daughter of an influential English Baron is betrothed to a Scottish laird by King John in order to secure peace in the Highlands. However, on her journey to her new home, she becomes involved in an incident that instigates a new war, and her life changes forever.
Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print, c2007
Edition: 1st large print ed. --
ISBN: 9780739327593
0739327593
Branch Call Number: LP FIC Garwo 3558
Characteristics: xv, 506 p

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Sarah1984
Nov 04, 2012

I think this is the weakest Julie Garwood romance I have ever read. Usually they are full of humour and passion, but this was a big disappointment. My mum read it first and so I was warned, but I am usually more forgiving and so, thought I might enjoy it more than she did. I did not enjoy it at all, in fact I'm surprised I was able to finish it. Shadow Music is a highland romance and since I'd just finished reading my new copies of Karen Marie Moning's Highlander series I may have been expecting too much. But I know Garwood has written very enjoyable highland romances before, The Secret and Saving Grace for example, and that's what I thought this book would be.

I thought the reason given for the title of the book was silly - the bad guys don't see Colm coming, they just hear the sound of his sword coming out of the shadows, and so shadow music. Ugh!! This description just made me laugh and reminded me of the reason behind the title of Steven Segal's B-grade action movie The Glimmer Man - the bad guys see a glimmer in the darkness and then Segal's character is on them, killing or maiming them and then he's gone again.

There was way too much build-up before we even met Gabrielle or Colm, 35 pages before either appear (Gabrielle's appearance as a young child doesn't count). It's 382 pages before any romance, beyond some kisses, occurs and that only lasts a pretty vague 2 pages, quite unlike all the other Garwood romances I have read. There was absolutely no sexual tension between the characters, although Garwood tried to create it. She has Colm avoiding Gabrielle because he's so tempted by her, but not only doesn't Colm tell Gabrielle this, Garwood doesn't make it clear to the reader either.

I was quite put off by the language the Highlanders used, or didn't use as the case may be. There was no evidence in their speech that they were meant to be Scottish. No ayes, lass, och or any of the other Scottish brogue I have become so familiar with through so many of the great Highland romances I have read. Another surprise and disappointment.

I have to say that the bad guys were two of the least intimidating bad guys I have ever read. Coswold and Percy have what appears to be a pointless screaming match over who has the authority of King John. All the screaming amounted to was a pair of little boys fighting over who had the Tonka truck first - She's mine (she being Gabrielle)!! No, I saw her first. She's mine!! Mine! Mine!. And back and forth pointlessly until Gabrielle is accused of being a whore and then no one wants her. I could see where Garwood was trying to go with some of her plot lines, but it's like she wasn't concentrating or trying very hard and all her plot devices just fell flat. I will think hard before giving up precious book-reading time to another of hers from this series.

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Cabby
Jan 03, 2009

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escobarm
Feb 13, 2010

Prized for her exquisite beauty, Princess Gabrielle of St. Biel, the daughter of one of England's most influential barons, is a perfect bargaining chip for a king who needs peace in the Highlands: King John has arranged Gabrielle's marriage to a good and gentle laird. But this marriage will never take place.

Upon her arrival in Scotland, Gabrielle is immediately entangled in Highland intrigue, as a battle royal flares between enemies old and new. For two sadistic noblemen, underestimating Gabrielle's bravery and prowess may prove fatal. Colm MacHugh, the most feared man in Scotland, makes no such mistakes about the captivating princess. Under his penetrating gaze, neither Gabrielle's body nor her heart is safe.

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escobarm
Feb 13, 2010

Prized for her exquisite beauty, Princess Gabrielle of St. Biel, the daughter of one of England's most influential barons, is a perfect bargaining chip for a king who needs peace in the Highlands: King John has arranged Gabrielle's marriage to a good and gentle laird. But this marriage will never take place.

Upon her arrival in Scotland, Gabrielle is immediately entangled in Highland intrigue, as a battle royal flares between enemies old and new. For two sadistic noblemen, underestimating Gabrielle's bravery and prowess may prove fatal. Colm MacHugh, the most feared man in Scotland, makes no such mistakes about the captivating princess. Under his penetrating gaze, neither Gabrielle's body nor her heart is safe.

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