When Isabelle is fifteen, she attends the
wedding of Joan, the illegitimate daughter of King John, to
Prince Llewelyn of Wales. She is thrilled to be attending the
event, until she finds herself in an unsavory predicament. She
is saved by Gruffydd ap Hywel, a brooding man she noticed
earlier in the evening.
Six years later, Isabelle finds herself
having to marry Gruffydd by command of the King. She is not
happy with her situation, but knows that she must do as the
King bids. After marriage, the couple travel to Gruffydd’s
house in Wales, where Isabelle finds she is to be a wife in
Gruffydd is not happy about marrying
Isabelle, but he does so at the request of the Welsh Prince.
He decides that it would be best to make sure that Isabelle
wants to go home, so he fights making any sort of attachment
to her. Gruffydd knows that Wales is a dangerous place. Two
different factions are fighting and Gruffydd, in the guise of
the Black Dragon, rides at night to spy on his enemies and to
help townspeople and travelers.
Isabelle, however, is determined to get
close to her husband. When she does she discovers that he has
secrets and a past, that includes more than just the Black
In The Black Dragon,
December Quinn has crafted a historical tale that is full of
suspense and emotion. I loved both Isabelle and Gruffydd, They
are both stubborn, headstrong characters that are not afraid
to say what they think, or do anything to protect the people
that they love.
This novel is full of suspense that keeps
the reader guessing. It is a tale not to be missed.