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Rebel’s Knot

(Quest for Three Kingdoms)

By Cryssa Bazos

Publication Date: 8th November 2021

Publisher: W.M. Jackson Publishing

Page Length: 350 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction/ Historical Romance

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Ireland 1652: In the desperate, final days of the English invasion of Ireland . . .

A fey young woman, Áine Callaghan, is the sole survivor of an attack by English marauders. When Irish soldier Niall O’Coneill discovers his own kin slaughtered in the same massacre, he vows to hunt down the men responsible. He takes Áine under his protection and together they reach the safety of an encampment held by the Irish forces in Tipperary.

Hardly a safe haven, the camp is rife with danger and intrigue. Áine is a stranger with the old stories stirring on her tongue and rumours follow her everywhere. The English cut off support to the brigade, and a traitor undermines the Irish cause, turning Niall from hunter to hunted.

When someone from Áine’s past arrives, her secrets boil to the surface—and she must slay her demons once and for all.

As the web of violence and treachery grows, Áine and Niall find solace in each other’s arms—but can their love survive long-buried secrets and the darkness of vengeance?

Trigger Warnings:

Violence, references to sexual/physical abuse.


Historical Note:

After the English Parliment’s New Model army prevailed during the first English civil war, and Charles Stewart is exiled, having slipped through undetected and fled to France. The brute force of the Cromwellian invasion descends on the tattered souls of Ireland. The long civil wars of Ireland had left its mark on the land and its people. Total conquest was on the horizon, The brave Irish Confederate rebels had been fighting guerrilla style warfare. Large parcels of land and homes had been confiscated by the English. Now with the dwindling of food sources and supplies the end was imminent. Ireland has suffered the slow but steady invasion of English redcoats on its soil along with betrayal within.

This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

Rebel’s Knot by Cryssa Bazos, is the third installment in Quest for Three Kingdoms Series. A moving thought provoking historical fiction, alternates between two points of view. Cryssa Bazos deftly weaves threads of historical fact and people, along with her compelling own characters, to create a mesmerizing tale.

We follow Niall O’Coneill, a Toraidhe, which is an Irish rebel, along with his trusted wolfhound Fiona. Niall having left Ross castle with dispatches, arrives at his uncles Mulrianne’s byre, to find it burned and his sister, Muairead taken by the English. The only survivor left is a young woman servant.

Áine Callaghan is a red haired dairy maid, who some might say favored the Fey. Gentle and sweet, with a tragic past, she work as a servant for the Mulrianne’s family. Until the unthinkable happens and she barely escapes from an English attack on the manor house where she works. Áine finds herself in the care of Niall O’Coneill, a brave Irish rebel.

Cryssa Bazos has created an engaging and memorable hero and heroine. Her uniquely descriptive prose, and her highly accomplished writing ensures that the reader is swept along in this captivating storyline. The book is vividly descriptive, placing me easily into the heart of this novel. I felt emotionally drawn to the flesh out three dimensional characters and I was completely invested in them.

Bazos’s seamless narration and wonderful atmospheric details will kept me immersed within the books pages. This was a superb historical fiction, with just the right amount of romance. Meticulously researched the authors creative ability shines through, in this stunning book. The strength and struggles of Áine and Niall along with the Irish people are stunningly depicted. A fast paced book that I captivated from start to finish, and the lovely ending was everything I hoped it would be.

I highly recommend this book to my friends and family along with the other books in the Quest for Three Kingdoms Series.


Cryssa Bazos

Cryssa Bazos is an award-winning historical fiction author and a seventeenth century enthusiast. Her debut novel, Traitor’s Knot is the Medalist winner of the 2017 New Apple Award for Historical Fiction, a finalist for the 2018 EPIC eBook Awards for Historical Romance. Her second novel, Severed Knot, is a B.R.A.G Medallion Honoree and a finalist for the 2019 Chaucer Award. A forthcoming third book in the standalone series, Rebel’s Knot, was published November 2021.

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2 Comments on “Rebel’s Knot

  1. What a wonderful review. I am so glad you enjoyed Rebel’s Knot (Quest for Three Kingdoms). And a big thank you for hosting today’s tour stop.

    Mary Anne
    The Coffee Pot Book Club

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