Behold the Dawn, by K.M. Weiland

The rumble of horses, the clash of swords, the high-pitched cries of fighting and dying men in the mud-splattered color-whirl of jousting.  What a way to open a book. Katie starts her novel with powerful action and ends it with a gentle sigh that leaves you scrambling through in search of the sequel.

Marcus Annan, famous in the 12th Century for his many conquests on the jousting fields, has scars, secrets and pain (and a young sidekick/indentured servant named Marek, valuable for, among other things, providing a light heart to this dark story of revenge).

Annan’s past is tied inextricably to a vengeful monk and a powerful Bishop, and running from that past only brings him closer to the inevitable conflict with both in the future. But the stakes are raised when the Lady Mairead is thrown into the mix. Before Annan meets her, he’s ready for death and assured of hell, but her tender love and prayers give him hope for absolution and salvation. Keeping her alive and safe in the melee becomes his primary goal–a goal hampered by the manipulations of the monk, the threats from the Bishop, and the evil possessiveness of a Templar.

Katie is an incredible writer with the ability to tell a spell-binding tale. In Behold the Dawn, she sweeps us from Italy to the Holy Land, from jousting matches in Bari to King Richard’s Third Crusade, from tense action to tender moments, and she does it all seamlessly.

Find her book on her website, Wordplay (where she’s running a Christmas special!), or on

About Linda W. Yezak

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6 Responses to Behold the Dawn, by K.M. Weiland

  1. Great review, Linda. I enjoyed the book, too. You mentioned Marek as his faithful servant; that made me think Marek would be the Pancho to Annan’s Don Quixote (though there are differences, of course). That’s another great story, even though it’s set in a different milieu. Katie has really outdone herself with this book.


  2. pprmint777 says:

    You’re absolutely right! I didn’t think of Pancho! Good catch. Yeah, Katie has really written a winner. How do we recommend it to NY Times???


  3. Shaddy says:

    A great read alright! I highly recommend it.


  4. pprmint777 says:

    So do I! 😀


  5. K.M. Weiland says:

    Thanks for the review, Linda! And for all your outstanding help along the way. Couldn’t have done it without you!

    @Dave: I hadn’t thought of Don Quixote/Sancho Panza analogy before, but now you’ve got me cracking up over it!


  6. pprmint777 says:

    Can’t wait for your next one, Katie!


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