Eleanor de Lacy has been bartered: her hand in marriage in exchange for a truce with her father's sworn enemy. Now the headstrong beauty must leave her ancestral home and the man she secretly loves to become the wife of the infamous Welsh King Brach Goch. Tales of this cruel leader paint a chilling picture of a ruthless warrior—all Eleanor knows for certain is that he is the villain responsible for the vicious attacks on her people and the death of her beloved brother. Though she must marry against her will, she vows Brach Goch will never possess her heart.
Her arrival at the inhospitable castle Bryn Du confirms her worst fears—a ghost walks the halls of the castle, and Eleanor receives an ominous warning from the uneasy spirit: Brach is not to be trusted. Though resigned to a life of misery, Eleanor soon realizes all is not as it seems, for Brach is not the monster she dreaded but is a handsome and charming man whose gentle ways soon undermine his bride's resolve to lock her heart. Clinging desperately to her pride, Eleanor finds herself trapped in a web of murder and deceit. And as the lines between good and evil become blurred, Eleanor must decide for herself who is to be trusted—and loved.
Wow oh wow! I am struggling to find the words to articulate how wonderful this story is! Daines sets the stage, introduces the characters and draws you in until you are so engrossed in this story you literally cannot put the book down! Brac and Eleanor are opposites in so many ways and then together they are like fire and ice! Eleanor has no idea how to find what the truth is and her anger gets the best of her frequently. Brac is patient, strong and a fearless leader! Their story is one unlike any other I have read. I beg you to read it! It is full of loyalty, trust, treachery, and finding out what actually is real and true. A beautiful story I cannot get out of my mind, I would recommend Eleanor and the Iron King to anyone who enjoys historical fiction!
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