Review: Knight of Runes by Ruth A. Casie ★★★

Knight of Runes by Ruth A. Casie
Genre: Historical Romance (romantic elements, time travel, knights, druids, magic)
Series: N/A
Original Language: English
Publisher: Carina Press
Country: USA
Publication Date: November 14, 2011
ISBN: 978-14268-9258-5
Page Count:
My Rating: ★★★

Summary

A bookish scholar, tossed into the 17th century must fight for her life (against a dark druid’s vengeance) and emotionally protect her heart (against the druid knight’s love) while resolving a family secret before she can discover who she is and where she belongs.

REVIEW

Overall, I found this to be a thoroughly pleasant, if somewhat tame, time travel romance.

Initially it took a bit of getting into. I did think the time it took for the heroine to get thrown back in time was a little long-winded and drawn out and I found myself wishing for it to hurry along. With these kinds of books, if you know the time jump is coming then it's much better to get to it quickly in my opinion. Any delay tactics only serve to aggravate and possibly cause readers to lose interest. It took roughly 4 or 5 chapters for me to be genuinely invested in this book, which was a tad too long, I think.

The characters were mostly well thought out and developed. The romance was a slow-building one and felt authentic and sweet. The scenes at the festival were particularly enjoyable and that's when I truly grew attached to both of the main characters. There was an incident shortly after this which nearly changed my mind completely about one of them, and it unfortunately cooled my affection considerably from then on. Also, if I'm totally honest, I would have liked more in the way of love scenes after waiting so long. In terms of raunchiness, this book is definitely pre-watershed in it's detail and content.

The secondary characters were quite good also. The two nieces Skylar and Aubrey were sweet, and a complete contrast to their cousin, Catherine, who was a rather nasty piece of work, if slightly predictable in her feminine scheming. The descriptions of day to day life felt very peaceful and beatific. As I said, it was all very pleasant.

This book uses many of the plot devices I have seen before with time travel romances: The druid magic, stepping through time by way of a stone henge or stone circle, and it always happens at Beltane or Samhain it seems. I am really looking forward to the day someone comes up with a new idea in this area as it's getting a bit overdone now.

There was a mystery to solve along the way, which whilst not nail-bitingly gripping, was certainly unusual and interesting. The use of the runes and the connections there prevented this from being completely predictable, and, all in all, I found myself enchanted by the sweet nature of the characters and the romance. It made a refreshing change to the ones who are in bed together after 24 hours of meeting, but, as mentioned before, after waiting so long I would have liked more scenes of a romantic nature.

Verdict: If you like historical romances, with a bit of magic thrown in, and are perhaps a bit tired of over the top sex scenes, then this should be right up your street.

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