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( Download E-pub ) ⚷ Agnes Moors Wild Knight Ù Agnes Moor Knows Her Place In The Court Of King James IV As One Of The Exotics In His Employ When The King Makes A Kiss From Agnes The Prize Of A Tourney, A Mysterious Knight Plows Through His Opponents To Claim It But It Isn T Chance The Wild Knight Has Come For Her, And Her Champion Is After After The Most Elusive Prize Of All Her Heart Loved it, although I wish it could ve been a full novel. I just wish this story had been a damn sight longer Normally, novellas are not my thing because they feel so incomplete, but Agnes Moor s Wild Knight was a full, lush and gorgeous tale that didn t leave me feeling cheated.I mean what s not to LOVE about a historical interracial Highlander romance Not only that, but it s based on an actual historical incident known as The Tournament of the Wild Knight and the Black Lady James IV was a wily ruler and it was known that he did have African courtiers in his court While some IR authors want to wallow in Gone With the Wind land, trying to portray an unequal power relationship between a Black slave woman and a White owner as perfectly normal not that they never happened , they re ignoring a vast treasure trove of Black African history that would not just entertain, but enlighten.Agnes Moor is a young Black woman living in Scotland during the reign of King James IV She s not a slave though, but a lady in waiting, trusted advisor and even a bit of a spy This was a heroine who had agency and was full of wit, warmth and intelligence She s also very aware that her skin colour marks her as something of an anomaly What I especially appreciated being an Elizabethan re enactor myself , is Alyssa Cole showcases a far diverse Tudor era Britain.The Wild Knight is a Scottish Highland lord named Gareth who has been smitten with Agnes since he first made her acquaintance at an unsuccessful attempt at unification at Gareth s keep He s determined to do whatever it takes to win her hand, and her skin color be damned Even James IV s own queen, Margaret, knows that the mysterious Wild Knight is in love with her lady in waiting Meanwhile Agnes is trapped between the needs of her liege lord to unite the feuding Highland clans and that of her heart And Gareth was the kind of stubborn Highlander who will not take no for an answer, despite Agnes own reservations.Race is not treated in a heavy handed manner Agnes knows she s a curiosity in a racially homogenized country, some parts which have never seen anyone who looks like her Moreover, this is a young woman who s had a sexual past of her own choosing, something I really liked reading about She also had natural kinky hair Nothing makes me roll my eyes faster than some Black African historical heroine who s written like an ad for Garnier.Damn, I wish this had been three hundred pages long I totally got lost in this story My only complaint was the language style sometimes seemed a little too modern for a historical novel It wasn t jarring, but it s important that I feel immersed in a setting. 2.5 starsDecent sexy parts, but I didn t really like the heroine For such a short story, she was really negative, argumentative and b y for most of the book One thing I DID like she actually had had lovers in her past, instead of being the usual virgin heroine. When I was reading Bernadette Andrea s The Lives of Girls and Women from the Islamic World in Early Modern British Literature and Culture, I spotted a reference to Elen More, a black woman in the early 16th century Scottish court, and instantly realized, OMG, that s the inspiration for that story I saw among Alyssa Cole s publications And then the chance of spotting the ebook on sale led me to pick it up, because I loved Cole s story in the collection Hamilton s Battalion.Sothis is not at all a criticism of Agnes Moor s Wild Knight itself, but it was a useful calibration of what my tolerance is regarding the ratio of story to sex in historical fiction This is a relatively short novella The writing is technically excellent and the history is solidly portrayed The depiction of the experience of a black woman in 16th century Britain felt solid and nuanced But structurally, the story felt like it had just barely enough scene setting to justify setting up the sex scenes And since I wasn t there for the sex scenes, I didn t get my story fix It isn t at all a criticism of the story because clearly there are a lot of readers who are looking for exactly this sort of balance But it s not for me and I ve adjusted my buy reflexes accordingly.