Monica Bentley makes history sexy.
English King Edward III's wars of conquest in France provide the glittering backdrop for this thrilling, moving series of three heroines – a kitchen scamp, a countess, a witch – who grow to positions of power in this male-dominated culture of the Middle Ages.
Chateau of Desire, Book 1
Inside Chateau Brionde, the Guard practice daily, preparing for an inevitable attack by legendary condotierre leader Bertrand du Guesclin.
The youngest member, Louis - ward to the Master of the Guard – dreams of becoming a true warrior. He also dreams of the kitchen scamp Phoebe, who grows more beautiful with each passing day.
Young love's first blush finds these two resourceful orphans relying on each other when no one else trusts their lowly position.
When the fateful battle finally arrives, choosing whom to trust means life or death.
Chateau of Longing, Book 2
m'Lady Lela, Countess of Brionde, has survived the bloody sack of Chateau Brionde. Her husband did not.
Far from enjoying freedom, however, she lives with the daily expectation of a Summons from the King. She will be ordered, she knows full well, to marry for the security of the realm, turning over all of her lands and her person to a new lord and master.
All too soon now the horns and drums of war call the allies of the King to a village called Poitiers.
All are called to their duty. What will she do?
Chateau of Passion, Book 3
In the aftermath of the carnage at Poitiers, the Prince Dauphin takes charge, scheming to hold the reins of power. He requires lands to tax and warriors for action. Most of all, he needs peace to rearm.
Thus, with no battles imminent, knights find other ways to get in trouble. Bored ladies of the land invite the gallants to their night chambers. Sir Tristen knows he shouldn't. Yet, how can he resist?
The only one he can resist, so far, is the witch Tempeste, deep in the forest imprisoned in her own tower. Spell after spell she weaves, waiting for that day when he will become hers, forever.
These separate strands become inextricably intertwined, creating a darkly passionate tale of life and love in medieval Francia.