Book Reviews

The Lion and the Crow by Eli Easton

Genre Gay / Historical / 13th Century / Royalty/Nobility / Warriors/Soldiers / Romance / Action/Adventure
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 10-September-2019

Book Blurb

In medieval England, duty is everything, personal honor is more valued than life itself, and homosexuality is not tolerated by the church or society.

Sir Christian Brandon was raised in a household where he was hated for his unusual beauty and for his parentage. Being smaller than his six brutish half-brothers, he learned to survive by using his wits and his gift for strategy, earning him the nickname the Crow.

Sir William Corbett, a large and fierce warrior known as the Lion, has pushed his unnatural desires down all his life. He’s determined to live up to his own ideal of a gallant knight. When he takes up a quest to rescue his sister from her abusive lord of a husband, he’s forced to enlist the help of Sir Christian. It’s a partnership that will test every strand of his moral fiber, and, eventually, his understanding of the meaning of duty, honor, and love.

 

 

First edition published by M/M Romance Group at Goodreads, 2013.

Second edition published by Dreamspinner Press, January 2015.

 

Book Review

“Few tragedies can be more extensive than the stunting of life, few injustices deeper than the denial of an opportunity to strive or even to hope, by a limit imposed from without, but falsely identified as lying within.” ~ Stephen Jay Gould, (The Mismeasure of Man)

Sir Christian Brandon and Sir William Corbett, of ‘The Lion and the Crow’ by Eli Easton, are two strong, brave men, who are living a lie. They have hidden their attraction to other men all their lives, denying it the best they can, but when they meet, their denial, at least in their minds, becomes unbearable.

Determined to push away his reaction to Christian, William, tries his best to avoid him. He is there on a quest. William is determined to rescue his sister and children from the cruel man to whom she is married, but he can’t do this alone. He is there to ask for help from Christian’s father, who just so happens to be an enemy of his. Christian’s father refuses to let him hire any of his men to go with William, but does assent to him taking a man as a guide. William is stunned when Christian offers to go with him and tries to dissuade him, saying he doesn’t want the responsibility of taking Christian with him, but his attempts are thwarted because Christian convinces his father that, since he knows the area, he is the best person to get William there. Much to William’s dismay, the man who unsettles him beyond reason, is one with whom he will be eating, sleeping, and traveling with for days.

Being the seventh son is not easy to begin with, but to be the youngest of seven brothers who come from the same father but a different mother is pure hell. William’s mother died in childbirth, so his father resents him; on top of that, the animosity his half brothers have toward him is almost unbearable. To make things even worse, Christian is not big and strong like they are. They look down on him as being inferior and let him know at every opportunity. Because of this, Christian has to try harder than ever to keep up with them in every aspect, exceeding everyone’s expectations in the things he does well. What Christian can’t do with brawn and strength, he makes up for with wit and charm. He sees going with William to help free his sister as an opportunity to win William’s favor, and
possibly, his affection.

As they set off on their travels, William is annoyed with having to take Christian along with him. Besides his unwanted attraction to the man, he can’t imagine how Christian can be much help. Even though Christian has earned his spurs as a knight, William is afraid that he will expect to be waited on, which William has absolutely no intention of doing. Much to his surprise, Christian more than pulls his weight when it comes to doing the necessary chores of caring for the horses, gathering firewood, and cooking. As a matter of fact, being the excellent archer that he is, even provides them with great meals instead of the meager provisions William has in his saddle bags. Bit by bit, William begins to appreciate and even admire Christian as a man and as a friend. They are both agonizing over their attraction, fearing to take the next step, but as the end of their journey comes closer, they realize that if they don’t act on the feelings burning inside of them right now, they will never get an opportunity to do so.

The love between William and Christian is one that most people wish they could have. Once they are able to set aside all of the external “nonsense” and be true to their hearts, they are unstoppable. The scene when they first meet is one of my favorites; it evoked a song by Frankie Valle, “...can’t take my eyes off of you.” Thanks, Eli, for the intense, memorable story, giving another meaning the phrase “until death do us part”.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 153 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 26-August-2019
Price $3.99 ebook
Buy Link https://www.amazon.com/Lion-Crow-Eli-Easton-ebook/dp/B07X1V2B3N