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By The Unholy Hand (Executioner Knights #1) by Kathryn Le Veque. Historical Romance Release & ARC Review.

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Spies. Killers. Gentleman knights. Medieval England is about to face the Unholy Trinity. 

You read about them in 'Lord of Winter'. Now discover Book One in 2019's exciting new Medieval series! 

1200 A.D. - In the time following the death of Richard the Lionheart and the ascension of his brother, John, to the throne of England, a plot against the new king is hatched from an unexpected place – deep within the bowels of The Lateran Palace in Rome. It is rumored that the Pope himself is behind it. It is a plot so dark, and so dastardly, that William Marshal needs men who specialize in dark and dirty games in order to save a king they all hate, yet a king that England desperately needs. 

The Marshal needs the men known as The Unholy Trinity -the Executioner Knights. 

Sir Maxton of Loxbeare is the leader of this unholy band of cutthroats. A big man with dark hair and dark eyes, Maxton fostered in the finest houses, but there is something unsettling about him. He is a man who easily kills without remorse, and he never questions an order, no matter how unsavory it is. William Marshall tasks Maxton and his comrades with seeking out the papal assassins, and the duty soon becomes a high-stakes game of chess, with checkmate being the life of the King of England. 

Enter Lady Andressa du Bose. A great heiress who was cheated out of her inheritance by a conniving aunt, Andressa has spent unhappy and bitter years serving in the convent she was essentially sold to. A chance meeting with Maxton introduces Andressa to a world she wants to be part of, and a man she is greatly attracted to, but in that meeting, she has unknowingly given Maxton a lead on something he very much wants – a clue to who the assassins really are. All signs point to papal operatives. Maxton has a job to do and he’ll use anyone he can to complete it, including the lovely pledge who is increasingly on his mind… and in his heart. 

Join Maxton and Andressa in a deadly game of cat and mouse, where all is not what it seems, and even those most devout can sometimes hold a terrible secret. It soon becomes clear that Maxton must make a choice… give in to his feelings for Andressa, or save a king, and with that, England’s sovereignty. 

It’s a showdown of good against evil, and the power of love against a knight’s sense of duty, in this larger-than-life Medieval Romance. 

Note: Read Lord of Winter by Kathryn Le Veque as a prequel to this series!


Sir Maxton of Loxbeare is one of England's most skilled Knights.  Since the end of the Crusades he and his friends have been mercenaries,  sometimes taking jobs nobody else could do.  However there is a line he will not cross. 
Lady Andressa du Bose has been sent to a convent by her Aunt , so the woman can use her inheritance.  The convent has an evil Mother Superior. Her nuns live in constant fear and hunger. 
This is a fantastic book,  absolutely filled with political intrigue,  danger and great characters.  Our hero is not a good man but he seems to be growing a conscience. Our terrified heroine seems timid,  but has got nerves of steel. 
I won't say too much more about the plot because I don't want to spoil it for you.  Just know that before you start reading you should make sure you lock everybody out and make yourself comfortable,  because you will NOT be able to put it down.  I was awake until 1:30am to finish it. 
I loved every page and can't wait to read the next in the series. 


KATHRYN LE VEQUE is a USA TODAY Bestselling author, an Amazon All-Star author, and a #1 bestselling, award-winning, multi-published author in Medieval Historical Romance and Historical Fiction. She has been featured in the NEW YORK TIMES and on USA TODAY's HEA blog. In March 2015, Kathryn was the featured cover story for the March issue of InD'Tale Magazine, the premier Indie author magazine. She is also quintuple nominee (a record!) for the prestigious RONE awards for 2016.
Kathryn's Medieval Romance novels have been called 'detailed', 'highly romantic', and 'character-rich'. She crafts great adventures of love, battles, passion, and romance in the High Middle Ages. More than that, she writes for both women AND men - an unusual crossover for a romance author - and Kathryn has many male readers who enjoy her stories because of the male perspective, the action, and the adventure.

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