While he is trying to catch a few hours sleep he is rudely awoken by a beautiful young man on a horse. The young man offers to give Jimothy a ride to Couvin, which he gratefully accepts. He feels an instant attraction to Ricky and is thrilled when he realizes that Ricky feels the same and they share a wonderful night together. Jimothy is pleased when Ricky promises to see him again after they reach the city.
Jimothy is surprised by the strength of his feelings for a man he has just met. However, there is a lot about Ricky that he doesn’t know and unbeknownst to Jimothy he and Ricky are at the center of a political conspiracy that threatens the future of Couvin itself.
I love well written fantasy stories that transport me to another world and THE BALLAD OF JIMOTHY REDWING by Maia Strong is an excellent example. I found myself immediately drawn to Jimothy and the world in which he lives. Ms. Strong does a wonderful job of bring Couvin and its residents to life. The plot has many interesting twists and the Jimothy and Ricky’s romance is intense and sweet. I hope there will be a sequel.