Border Lass
Amanda Scott
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Border Lass
Amanda Scott
432 pages
September 2008
rated 3 of 5 possible stars

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Border Lass is a bit of an odd read due to its variable pacing. The narrative drags until the last fifth, when it really picks up and lots of things happen. The story is full of political intrigue, family dynasties and travel by horseback, but it's also a story of two people getting to know each other, learning each others' natures, and realizing that they suit.

Amalie Murray is a young noblewomen in service to the Princess Isabel. She knows that her brother, at the behest of Thomas Fife, Governor of the Realm, wants her to marry a particular knight, despite Amalie not wanting to marry. She finds a champion in Sir Garth Napier, a knight who is also attached to Isabel's household, verbally sparring with him at times. Sir Garth is trying to investigate the deaths of two men and knows that Amalie overheard something. As events move on, Amalie may no longer be mistress of her own life - and Sir Garth may have to change some of his priorities in order to keep her safe.

Sir Garth and Amalie are pleasant enough characters, if somewhat one-dimensional. An awful lot of other characters crowd the story, and it does get confusing at times. The historical setting is interesting, at a time when border raids took place regularly and clans vied for power and made alliances with other clans, but overall the dragging pace of much of the book means that it isn't entirely satisfying.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Helen Hancox, 2009

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