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Reviewed by Jennifer Ibiam for Readers' Favorite
Lady Constance happened on Sir Robert and his squire, Guy, at her hiding place. She couldn't go back to the nunnery because her assailant was there. So she went with Sir Robert, who made a stopover at his brother's estate, Ravenwood. While there, her assailant appeared again, and for her safety, Constance and Robert got married. However, there was a catch. Constance chose to have a spiritual marriage with Robert, one without sexual relations, the reason being that she had fled from York to St. Bartholomew's nunnery with a secret. How long can the worldly Robert live without a woman's warmth? What will Constance do when her assailant finds her again and her secret threatens to tear her marriage apart? Get all the suspenseful information in Shadow of the Swan by Judith Sterling.
Shadow of the Swan by Judith Sterling is the third book in the Ravenwood series. It will appeal to lovers of historical romance and magic-based novels. I loved everything about this book, from the plot to the writing style. The plot was so unique and captivating that I longed to read the first two installments. Judith developed this story with such historical accuracy, a laid back vibe, and some refreshing medieval flavor. I also enjoyed the language usage, which felt very Shakespearean. The story had depth, displaying themes like patience, bravery, deceit, empathy, and more. A tangible lesson I took from this novel is that bullies and tormentors thrive on their victims' fear. Banish the fear, stand up to them, and they'll lose their power. I look forward to reading more books from Judith!