Title: A Taste of Copper
Author: Elin Gregory
Publisher: Love Lane Books
Length: 71 pages
Rating: B List
Blurb: Your master has the field for today, but his name, whatever it might be, is without honour.
Olivier the squire worships the Black Knight and takes a fierce joy in his prowess as he defends a bridge against all comers. Olivier only wishes that his master loved him as much in return instead of treating him as a servant and occasional plaything.
Then word comes that the King desires to cross the bridge. With an army approaching, a bright eyed archer enticing Olivier to desert and the first cracks beginning to show in the Black Knight’s gruff demeanour, Olivier is left wondering if his honour is worth more than a chance for happiness.
Review: I really liked this story of knights and their squires, honor and the love and camaraderie of soldiers.
There is an almost melancholy quality when we come in to this story. Olivier is squire to the Black Knight who has sworn on his honor to hold a bridge and fight any who would cross it. Their relationship seems one sided and strained. Olivier is in love with his master, Sir Maheris Schade, who seems to have very little regard for him in return. While the fighting is fun and Olivier loves serving Maheris, their situation seems a bit lonely and desperate. But then things start to get very interesting.
And I was all in, loving every minute.
If you like myths of armored knights engaging in sword fights and jousting. If you enjoy tales of an honor that demands everything, for to be forsworn is worse than death. If you are looking for a sexy novella full of stubborn men with high pain tolerances who do everything with a passionate intensity, (maybe) unrequited love, and really hot archers with attitude and snark, this is the story for you.
Reviewed by Nina