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    Master of Torment by Karin Tabke
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  • Published: Nov 30th, 2008

tabke_masterreview.jpgReviewed by Buffie Johnson
Publisher:  Pocket
4.50 stars

The opening scene of this novel will have you sitting straight up in your seat and cheering for the heroine.  Lady Tarian is a force to be reckoned with and will do anything to insure her betrothed honors their marriage contract. Even if that means pressing the tip of her own sword to his chest and forcing him to the altar. Though she is repulsed by the Earl Malcor of Dunloc’s taste in young boys, Lady Tarian knows this marriage is the only way she can survive.  But after a fortnight of trying to rise to the duties of a husband, the Earl becomes so frustrated he attacks Lady Tarian.  She saves her life by taking the life of her husband.  Now her husband’s despicable uncle, Rangor, has taken over Draceadon and wants Lady Tarian for his own wife. Refusing such an offer, Rangor throws Lady Tarian into the dungeon in hopes of swaying her choice. But what neither of them expected was King William’s interference.

Wulfson de Trevelyn is the captain of King William’s most elite guard, les morts.  Swearing allegiance and loyalty to King William, Wulfson is there to do his King’s bidding and this time the King wants him to get rid of a meddlesome woman, specifically “see to it she no longer poses a threat to any man.” Thinking this will be an easy assignment, Wulfson and the fellow Blood Sword brothers travel to Draceadon to finish off Lady Tarian.  But when the band of brothers reins in their horses at the threshold of Draceadon and finds the doors of the fortress barred, Wulfson quickly realizes this will not be a quick and easy assignment. After muscling their way into the fortress and demanding to speak to Lady Tarian, Wulfson is taken to the bowels of the fortress by Rangor and shown to a small cell. Searching through the darkness and trying to ignore the stench of death, Wulfson discovers Lady Tarian battered and bloodied with her head in a metal helmet and a bridle in her mouth. Wulfson is shocked by the feelings that stir in him when he looks upon eyes the color of the ocean. Never one to question his King’s judgment, Wulfson finds himself in a precarious position. How can he kill the woman who has unleashed feelings he has never felt before?

Lady Tarian is one kick ass heroine!   She stands tall and strong against any opponent in her way.  She fights with all her might and is more skilled than most knights. While I thoroughly enjoyed the strength Lady Tarian showed, I was equally entranced by the way Wulfson makes her feel like a woman. A woman who holds the key to this mighty warrior’s heart and desire.  While Wulfson appreciates Lady Tarian’s strength and courage, he sees beyond the chain mail and the bow and arrow.  He sees a woman who would be a fierce mother to any child.  Wulfson sees a future with her.  But only if he can convince King William to spare her life.

While MASTER OF TORMENT can be read as a stand alone novel, I would highly recommend you read the first in the Blood Sword series MASTER OF SURRENDER, so you can understand the past the Blood Sword brothers have endured as it will provide the basis for their loyalty to one another and their strength of character.   If you are a lover of true, earthy medieval novels, this one is for you.   Enjoy!   I sure did.

5 Responses to “Master of Torment by Karin Tabke”

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  1. Marisa
    on Nov 30th, 2008
    @ 11:47 am

    Ok, Buffie – you totally sold me on this one. I love a good kick ass heroine and when she’s not only living in a time of chain mail, but wearing it? …well I’m in.

  2. Karin Tabke
    on Nov 30th, 2008
    @ 2:55 pm

    Marisa you won’t be disappointed! Thnx, for the great review, Buffie!

  3. Buffie
    on Nov 30th, 2008
    @ 6:19 pm

    Karin, thanks for stopping by!

    Marisa — You already know how much I have been enjoying this series. And now I just can’t wait for the installment. Karin does a fabulous job with these books and I look forward to many, many more from her.

  4. Gannon
    on Nov 30th, 2008
    @ 9:27 pm

    Sounds like another book to add to my TBB list. Great review, Buffie!

  5. Karin
    on Dec 1st, 2008
    @ 5:49 pm

    Great review, Buffie! This sounds like another great book.

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