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  • Queen of Lost Stars

  • Dragonblade Series/House of St. Hever
  • By: Kathryn Le Veque
  • Narrated by: Brad Wills
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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Summary

AD 1320 - Madelayne Gray d'Ebreux is the queen of all that is lost. Her child, her husband...everything. Or, so she thinks. The same battle that killed her husband resulted in the serious injury of her husband's commander, Sir Kaspian St. Hever. As Kaspian lays badly wounded, Madelayne is asked to tend to the man in a most unconventional and intimate way. Instead of using her milk to nurse her child, who was born dead, she nurses a man who is forbidden solid foods because of a belly wound. And so, an unusual and sometimes erotic relationship develops between Madelayne and her patient.

Kaspian is tended by a woman who offers him her breasts as way of sustaining his life. At first, he looks at the situation as a necessity, but he soon comes to crave it. He struggles to keep his feelings from the widowed woman, but it becomes increasingly difficult. For a man who has known little compassion or kindness in his life, Madelayne comes to represent everything he has been missing. She soon becomes to represent everything he wants, and he wants her.

Join Madelayne and Kaspian on their journey through life, loss, lust, and passion in this adventure-packed and unconventional medieval romance. Can Madelayne finally change her stars with Kaspian's help?

©2016 Kathryn Le Veque (P)2016 Kathryn Le Veque

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Unique Story.

I really enjoyed this story and wasn't the least bit put off by the breastfeeding aspect of it. In the beginning, it was a means to help a man survive, afterwards it was something sensual between the couple that was written tastefully and I don't know why so many people were offended by it. I don't think too much emphasis should be paid to that aspect of the story as it played only a small part in it. The storyline very much concentrated on the battles between the English and the Welsh, and treachery from within their own ranks.

The narration, for the most part, was very good, I especially liked the voices Brad did for the hero and heroine of the story. He goes from a fabulously deep voice to a perfect higher-pitched woman's voice beautifully and believably. BUT oh my goodness, his Welsh accent is absolutely horrendous, it was more like a cross between Irish and Scottish! His narration of the physic was awful and really detracted from what should have been some highly emotional scenes. Half the time I couldn't understand him, and when I could the screeching was just abominable. Then there was the washerwoman, she sounded like a mad witch, but it was so awful I had to laugh. I have listened to many books narrated by Brad and I have to admit that this is the first one that I have ever been able to say anything negative about. I really believe that I would have enjoyed this story much more if I had read it rather than listened to it.

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  • 🌸DARA
  • 20-06-16

Le Veque and Wills: The Dynamic "Medieval" Duo!

It's been a while since I've read anything by Kathryn Le Veque so during a recent sale I snatched this one up. I don't think I've ever been disappointed in any of her books. You can always count on a good story with adventure, engaging characters, romance, and love!

if you've read the Publishers Summary you know that the story-line of this book is very unconventional or unusual, but I have to say it works. It is written so eloquently that the story doesn't feel perverted or disgusting. You realize how unselfishness and embarrassment sometimes can bring about a greater good.

Brad Wills is the narrator King of Medieval type books. He truly enhances the listening experience. ;-)

This is a Adult only listen as there is descriptive sex and language.

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  • Lady M
  • 03-10-16

Interesting

Would you consider the audio edition of Queen of Lost Stars to be better than the print version?

I did not read the book but enjoyed the audio.

What other book might you compare Queen of Lost Stars to and why?

I know nothing to compare it to. Much of the book's content is quite unique; like when Madelayne fed the knight with a stomach wound her mother's milk to keep him alive.

What does Brad Wills bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Hearing him read the book is like watching a movie or play. He has the ability to change the different character's voices so they are clearly identifiable. Each voice seems to fit the character portrayed. Brad Will's voice for Sir Kaspian St. Hever was excellent, as well as Madelayne Gray d'Ebreux's. The old healer's voice was irritating and sometimes hard to understand, but you certainly knew who it was when he spoke.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Both, laugh and cry.

Any additional comments?

There are some phrases and scenes that would be very improbable in 1320 AD, like "eye candy", etc. It didn't flow as well as some Le Vegue books, but still entertaining. Bottom line; it's a lot of entertainment in 8+ hours. Well worth a credit.

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  • WynnCreek5
  • 01-04-16

Brad Wills is The Man.

He is an outstanding narrator. his singing voice gives me chills it's so beautiful. Paired with Le Veque. OMG.

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  • Virginia
  • 18-03-16

WOW! What a wonderful story.

Written by the Queen of Medieval romance Kathryn Le Veque and the powerful voice of the King of narration Brad Wills. This has some erotic in it but it contributed to spice in the tale. Filled with great emotion brought to life by Brad. The best one I have listened to yet and I have listened to many. Congratulations to you both. I would recommend this highly. I won't tell you about the story but it is a must buy!

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  • Terri F
  • 08-08-16

In the minority

Apparently I am in the minority. Although I read the preview I was thinking she would provide the milk(why I'm not really sure) but not actually nurse a full grown man. Especially in such a modest time period. The rest of the story could have used a more in depth character development and story line. It felt weirdly contrived and rushed

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  • Medieval Quilter
  • 22-03-16

Kathryn Le Veque and Brad Wills are outstanding!

What a great story by Kathryn Le Veque and the narrating was out of this world! The story of loss, triumph and love woven by Ms Le Veque is so touching. Brad Wills voice for Kaspian St. Hever was so seductive, just WOW! Love this story and recommend.

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  • Zon
  • 27-04-16

Enjoyed the story and characters.

Enjoed6 the plot line. At times I feel the narrator condensed the words,hurried. The narrator la excellent.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-04-16

Excellent one of Kathryn Lee Veque' very best.

This is the first audio e-book that I have listened
to and I think I will be very spoiled. The book of course was one of her best.

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  • Felicia Johnson
  • 25-03-16

I can't get enough!!!

I could listen to Brad Wills telling Kathryn Leveque or Suzan Tisdale stories 24 hours a day for the rest of my life and be as happy as a lark! I have read over 50 of her books and listened to a couple now on Audible by this narrator. His portrayal of the characters is amazing! I'm certain Kathryn wrote this book with those exact voices in her head! I just loved the grumpy, but lovable physic! :-)

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  • Demi
  • 25-04-22

Brad is great but he can't do 'old person' at all

The story is alright, although if I had a nickle for every book I'd read/listened to that had the female lead use her breast milk shortly after giving birth to nurse a male lead with a critical abdominal injury back to life I would have two nickles. Which isn't much but it's weird thay it happened twice. The female lead feels like a wet piece of cardboard, she has no strong character traits and no real substance to add to the book. The male lead was not much better. The spend so much time talking about how "thrilling" or "arousing" him breast feeding was. I found myself cringing through a lot of this book for multiple reasons.

My biggest issue is with Willis' choice to make his 'old person' voice screeching, nasally, and borderline incoherent. It's almost like he has never heard anyone over 60 speak. If it was just a one off every now and again it could be tolerated but there are so many lines for older people in this that for this reason alone I will probably not come back to this.