YA Historical Romance Book Review: Ensnared


About the Book

Title: Ensnared 

Series: Knights of Brethren, Book 3 

Author: Jody Hedlund 

Genre: YA Historical Romance 

Publisher: Northern Lights Press 

Release Date: June 14, 2022

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Publisher's Book Description

"During a time when legends were born . . .




A poor maidservant struggling to survive, a brave knight who secretly loves her, and a chalice that has the power to unite them. 


Nursemaid to the Earl of Likness’s two young daughters, Mikaela despises the earl for his cruelty to his subjects, and she longs for the day when she can make a difference in the lives of her suffering friends and family. 


As one of the Knights of Brethren, Gunnar is on a mission to find the sacred chalice for the queen, convinced it’s the cure for her deadly bleeding disease. His quest takes him home, and he soon learns his brother, the earl, may know more about the chalice than he lets on. 


As Gunnar reunites with Mikaela, the maiden he’s always loved, he tries to keep his feelings for her a secret, desperate to protect her from his brother. But as they venture into the perilous Hardanger Forest and battle to survive, will Gunnar realize her love is worth fighting for?"

My Review

Ensnared is the beautifully-written third book in the Knights of Brethren YA series by Jody Hedlund. With pages filled with intrigue, danger, and mystery, this book is simply captivating. Thoughtfully written in the first person perspectives of the two main characters, this novel is immersive and genuinely engaging. From beginning to end, it is a riveting story brimming with courage, adventure, and heart.

Ensnared offers a new and clever twist on the medieval stories of the search for the Holy Grail. Stunning characters and compelling settings add depth to a story that is filled with surprises. Though the characters face uncertain loyalties, cruel adversaries, and mortal dangers, they persevere and reveal themselves to be brave, determined, and compassionate. Even when contending with significant hardships, the characters venture forth on a path that leads to unexpected possibilities for themselves and for those they hold dear.

With a true talent for weaving words into unforgettable stories, Jody Hedlund shines at crafting vivid medieval tales that are creatively threaded with fantasy, legends, knights, maidens, creatures, and lore. Truly entertaining and utterly moving, Ensnared is a novel worthy of notice. I certainly enjoyed reading it, and I recommend it wholeheartedly.

*I was given a copy of this book by the author/publisher. A review was not required. The review I have written is voluntary and contains opinions that are entirely my own.

About the Author: Jody Hedlund

“Jody Hedlund is the best-selling author of over forty historicals for both adults and teens and is the winner of numerous awards. She writes clean, sweet romances with plenty of sizzle.” --Biography from Jody Hedlund’s author page on Amazon.com.

Click here to visit Jody Hedlund's website.


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