Title: Behold the Dawn by KM Weiland
Genre: Historical Fiction
Initial Thoughts: I’ve been wanting to sink my teeth into this one since I first started to read Katie’s book on Outlining. It was used in a number of examples and it piqued my curiosity then. It took me a bit to get into, not because it wasn’t interesting, but more because my lack of focus of late played a part in that. Once I got into it, though I was hooked!
Favorite Part: My favorite character was by far Marek! His foil to Marcus’s character was a lot of fun. I loved their by-play. Marek is Marcus’s squire and not always by choice, though you can tell their relationship is one of mutual affection, even if neither will admit it.
Overall Impression: I thoroughly enjoyed Behold the Dawn. If I had one complaint, it was that I wasn’t as fond of Mairead as I would have liked to have been. This is no fault of the author’s, by any means. It stems more from a personal hang-up. The character is actually a strong one, though it takes a bit for that strength to come through. I just happen to be a more modern woman and the meekness often expected in the time period that this story takes place makes me a bit crazy at times. Again, no fault of the author, but my perceptions of what I hoped she would do didn’t quite pan out.
Recommendation: I would give this my whole hearted recommendation to anyone that enjoys historical fiction, especially if they like a well-researched historical fiction. It’s a great read for anyone that is curious about the tourneys and for anyone that likes a good journey/adventure story along with a sprinkling of romance.