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A Gift of Sanctuary (1998)

by Candace Robb

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Maybe I shouldn't have jumped in so late in the series, but I found that there was an awful lot of complex historical politics to wade through quite early in the book and very few if any engaging characters. Perhaps it suffers from the non-appearance of Owen's wife.
  muumi | Jun 3, 2008 |
I didn't enjoy this as much as the earlier Owen Archer novels, I think probably because it did not feature the usual York characters and settings. None of the SW Wales characters really grabbed me and this was rather a chore. ( )
  john257hopper | Nov 24, 2006 |
Candace Robb's series following Owen Archer, Captain of achers in medieval England , works as a spy for his master, the archbishop of York bishop, solving mysteries, and in the process being a good and loving husband to his formidable apothacary wife, who often comes to his aid, helping to untangle and resolve the most unfathomable murders. ( )
  ElTomaso | Jun 11, 2006 |
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Mayhem and miracles in Wales beckon Owen Archer back to his roots...and to a ruthless killer.

In the wet spring of 1370, a time of political unrest, a murdered man is left outside the gates of St. David's, Wales. Not far away, a wounded stranger, drenched in blood-- not all of it his own-- is carried to sanctuary by a wandering bard. And a mystery linked to warring passions for a woman and a nation begins for Owen Archer.

Owen, leaving his family behind, has undertaken a holy pilgrimage to Wales with his ailing father-in-law and his friend Geoffrey Chaucer-- and has agreed to carry out a mission for the English king. But he is unexpectedly moved by his return to his native land. And when asked to investigate the killing at St. David's, Owen-- sharp at discerning truth from falsehood-- begins to see the momentous import of a fugitive shrouded in secrecy, a lady betrayed by love, and the ties binding a man's soul...that tighten to torment his heart.

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A medieval mystery featuring the Welsh spy, Owen Archer. He is sent to Wales to recruit archers to fight off an expected French invasion. When he arrives, however, the first thing he has to do is solve a murder. By the author of The Riddle of St. Leonard's.… (more)

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