The Lion of Kent by Aleksandr Voinov & Kate Cotoner


lionofkentSquire William Raven has only one goal-to finally receive his spurs and become a knight. When his lord, Sir Robert de Cantilou, returns from a five-year crusade in the Holy Land, William wants nothing more than to impress him.

After Sir Robert’s return, noble guests arrive from France, bringing intrigue to the castle. William is oblivious to the politics, as he’s distracted by nightly visits from a faceless lover-a man who pleasures him in the dark and then leaves-a man he soon discovers is none other than his master, Sir Robert.

But William can’t ignore the scheming around him when he overhears a plot to murder Robert. He becomes intent on saving his lord and lover from those who would see him killed…

My thoughts: 

I am a sucker for Lord and Squire stories, so when I saw The Lion of Kent by Aleksandr Voinov & Kate Cotoner available on Netgalley I picked it up right away.

Of the three stories I read so far by Aleksandr and a co-author I liked this one best. I liked the historical setting, not to mention the two protagonists. William, a wild boy who wants to earn his spurs, and Robert, who recognizes himself as a young man in William. I found William as someone always reacting before thinking unless he forces himself to calm down and count to three very realistic. Robert as the older was the more reasonable and composed one, but still passionate and loving. The two men were absolutely great together.

The plot was solid and believable with some good side characters. Even though Stephen was a real jerk I liked him, well, as much as you can like a drunken priest who is droning on even though the only creature who listens is his dog.

The story was great from start to finish, there are not even minor things I’d like to have seen done differently. Only I would have liked it to be longer than it was. However, it seems this was not all. I read on Aleksandr’s website that two more novellas about William are planned which reconciles me a bit.

If you like a medieval setting, this is a must read.

Read more about The Lion of Kent and an excerpt at Aleksandr’s website.

EDIT (09/02/2010)

On the Carina Press blog there are a couple of posts with background info on the Lion of Kent. If you would like to know more, go to:

Finding the story in history 

Aiming for a sense of place 

Title The Lion of Kent
Author Aleksandr Voinov & Kate Cotoner
Publisher Carina Press
ISBN 9781426890512
Buy link Buy The Lion of Kent (on sale 08/30)

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    • Sorry, Kate, I usually am not so careless and always add the co-author of books I review. I apologize for the omission and amended the review accordingly.


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