The Lion and the Crow by Eli Easton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
NOTE: Reading again as it’s been re-released 28/08/19
Yep, the updated epilogue still kills me and makes my eyes leak!
However, the rest of this novella is also still as beautifully involving and historically evoking as it was the first time I read it.
William and Christian are brilliantly realised characters, full of honour and bravery, willing to risk all not only for their own love but for the safety and protection of William’s abused sister.
The solution to homosexuality being punishable by death in the early centuries of the Middle Ages still rings true given what we know of the time period and Christian’s actions are still well within the brutal kill or be killed way of life which was prevalent.
The adventure is a slow-burning UST filled ride with many stumbles along the way.
Eli has included the book’s original epilogue when it was first published as part of the Love Has No Boundaries event in the MM Book Group here on Goodreads.
But, for me, even though it makes me cry, the updated Epilogue is the better one because it covers decades of a lifetime’s happiness before a final shout of glory.
I will just say though
if you don’t like to read about character deaths, even though it’s after a pretty long and happy life together, do skip over the new epilogue and head to the older one
Oh that epilogue, painfully heartbreaking and yet a herald of a lifetime of happiness at the same time.
I really liked this one, medieval England is a difficult historic setting to get right and there were only a couple of slips in terminology or title.
The killing of Lord Somerfield is a tricky one, required for the plot but still a murder committed with aforethought.
Still, it worked within the story narrative and if it truly had been a serving wench, then self-defence would have been a justification.
William and Christian were two truly beautiful men and their love in a time when not only the law but their immortal souls were on the line according to the times, was cleverly explored.
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