Grace, Lady of Cassio


It is the year 1331 in England. It is a turbulent time, especially for women–women like, Grace. She has the ‘Sight’ and if anyone discovers it, she could be executed as a witch. However, there are times when it can be useful. She has a twin who she cares for deeply, but she knows that he is in danger. It is impossible to help him though as she is married off to a knight named, Jocelyn, Baron Montford. She has always been told of the horrors that can occur the night of the wedding. She is surprised to find that her husband is a loving man. She will need that love because their lives together will be filled with danger and heartache.

There is potential in this medieval story filled with chivalry. It just needs a direction. The pace drags since the plot isn’t sure where it is going. Characters are introduced and given their own chapters and then they aren’t seen again and are not relevant to the overarching story. The setup gives the impression that Grace’s gifts will be important, but their importance withers as the story moves along. Glimpses of lies and intrigue within the family that leads to murder appear but even those kind of fade away undramatically. Unfortunately, Grace is not a likable character. She can be sweet and caring one minute and cruel and unfeeling the next. With all of this mixed together, it is hard to care what happens. It is important to note that this book does show the plight of women in a medieval and supposedly “chivalrous” society.

Amanda Hupe