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A Heart in Sun and Shadow (Cymru That Was: Book One) [Kindle Edition]

Annie Bellet
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In an ancient Wales that never was...
Áine, a changeling woman with Fey blood and Selkie gifts struggles to fit into the human world.  The twin brothers Emyr and Idrys are cursed by a scorned Fey to live as hounds, Emyr by night and Idrys by day. Chief to their people, the twins hide their curse by pretending Idrys is dead as he plays the part of his brother during the nights.

Tragedy strikes and leaves Áine alone and injured, only to be rescued by Emyr and his faithful mutt. Áine discovers Emyr has his own secrets and slowly learns the truth.

The power of dreams...
Confessions of love between the three leave Áine in despair; her role as a wise woman means she can never marry her lovers. But when a mystical dream shows her a way to break their curse, she must risk everything for the ones she loves and embark on a journey to the realm of the Fey where she will confront not only the curse but her own gifts and heritage.

Love will set her free... Or bind her forever...

This is the first book in the Cyrmu That Was duology, an exciting dark fantasy fairytale by Annie Bellet.

Editorial Reviews


"A Heart in Sun and Shadow is a hybrid of fantasy, folklore, and romance and I recommend it to lovers of all three. 4.5 stars out of 5." -Erica Woolridge (Sift Book Reviews)

From the Author

Readers who enjoy books such as Robin McKinley's (Deerskin, Spindles End, and Beauty) and Juliet Marillier's Seven Waters series will like this novel.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 1011 KB
  • Print Length: 326 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1461059151
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Doomed Muse Press (March 3, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004QS93K0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,010,052 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Indie Book Review November 5, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Warning: Spoilers and Adult language in this review.

I'd like to make a confession. Previous to reading this book I had never had a genuine WTF?!? moment. Oh, I've run into things that made absolutely no sense to me. I'd had experiences where, when talking about them later, I described them as a WTF moment. But, previous to reading this book, I had never, ever run into something where upon reading it, I actually said, out loud, What the f***?

Then I read A Heart In Sun and Shadow.

Imagine if you will: I'm sitting in a very crowded Panera, enjoying a lunch of French Onion soup and a baguette. It's so busy I'm sharing my table with a very sweet old lady. We've had a bit of nice conversation about my netbook, and how I read books on it to review. I'm happily reading along, not a single clue that this bomb is coming at me, and then I get to the part where the book turns upside down. Then: What the f***? And, I say it, out loud. I didn't realize I had done it until the very sweet old lady begs my pardon. I blush, swallow my tongue, apologize, and then explain what I just read. I get the sense she didn't disagree with my assessment, even if she wasn't a fan of my language.

Before I hit the WTF moment, the review I had been writing in my head looked something like this: A Heart in Sun and Shadow is a sweet, gentle romance set in an ancient Wales that never was. It's the tale of Aine, a wisewoman who falls in love with cursed twin brothers and sets off to free them. Her adventures deepen her love of them and tests her resolve. I was planning on writing about how I wasn't entirely sure if this was a YA book or not. How the writing was a easy and a bit shallow, but the love story is unconventional enough that it's not an easy YA fit.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars i love it March 12, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This book makes me feel like the real world melts away, and i am fully enveloped in a fairy tale world. I've read every fairy tale i can get my hands on, since i was a kid. this book reminds me of those classic fairy tales. the cleverness, the magic, the beauty. The other thing i like about this story is the original way the author describes things. The sentences hit the ear nicely, and are so descriptive. it's a beautiful adventure.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story July 23, 2011
I could hardly put this book down. It's an epic love story that so very nearly falls apart in so many places. The heroine is believable and full of goodness that most of us hope we even come close to. I found myself on edge in so many places in this book that I was afraid to leave the story for fear it might change while I was gone.

Its full of magic, love, devotion, trust and so much more ... it makes me feel good all over just thinking back on the ups and downs. But there is a dark side to this book, too. An evil that seems to wind its way throughout the pages making sure that it isn't always the good guy that wins or that things aren't always fine in the end. You just won't know if it all works out unless you read it...cuz I'm sure not gunna tell you!

And I wouldn't be surprised if the story changes for you.

I'm kidding but the reality is the author wove this tale so wonderfully well that it feels like she is sitting right there in front of you telling it to you. Like your actions could make or break Aine in her efforts to rescue the men she loves. When you read this, just don't put it down until you get to the end and you should be fine.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting debut novel April 15, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A Heart in Sun and Shadow was an enchanting novel that had me riveted from beginning to end. The premise reminded me of the 80s fantasy classic Ladyhawke, with a dash of treacherous Fey. The language and characters were rich and inviting and can't wait to read the next book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting with a strong, likeable heroine February 28, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I won this book from Librarythings giveaways in exchange for an honest review.

This book is enchanting in several ways... set in a magical Welch landscape, we are introduced to two handsome twins and a fascinating heroine, Aine, who loves them both. As a lover of fairy tales, I enjoyed this adult fairy tale where a brave female protagonist sets off to break an evil curse that has been cast by a jealous witch by fulfilling seemingly impossible tasks.

The plot is fast paced, the characters are well drawn out. Aine was particularly well done, and I loved how the author developed the character by showing her talents and beauty and balancing these attributes with the suspicions and really, racism of everyone around her.

The one aspect I wasn't sure I was ever comfortable with, was the resolution of the love triangle.

Overall, an enjoyable read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Enjoyable Work of Art June 23, 2011
A Heart in Sun and Shadow is written in the classic fairy-tale voice that draws you in with quiet dignity.

Personally, I hate Fae stories. Most the time, I find myself avoiding them as a rule--as I do with elves and dragons and all the over-done tropes of fantasy. However, I gotta say that the conflict here was intriguing. I had a blast reading through this and while the beginning was a bit slow, probably because of exactly what I mentioned about (being a Fae story with all the classic elements of the genre) I enjoyed the read because of the subtly of Bellet's voice. The story builds and builds steadily and the longer you are in it, the harder it is to pull away. By the end, I was stuck in Fae as truly as any enchanted wretch.

Definitely worth the read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Extremely mixed feelings here...
I won this book through LibraryThing's Member Giveaway, and I've been far too long in getting to it. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Tracey
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.

This was a great book with relatable characters and a well developed storyline. Read more
Published 2 months ago by m pollard
4.0 out of 5 stars I like the book
I won a review copy on LT. It was a great book.Up until the end. It ended abruptly & I honestly did not care for the ending. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Willow
4.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting
What an enchanting and touching tale of love, loss, and determination! I asbolutely loved this novel from start to finish - the characters had real depth and I couldn't help but... Read more
Published 22 months ago by madamediotte
4.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down
Depending on your personal tastes, A "Heart in Sun and Shadow is a book that you will be unable to put down or a book that you will quickly put down towards the end because you... Read more
Published on May 13, 2012 by Mirrani
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable fey tale
A Heart in Sun and Shadow by Annie Bellet

The description of this book was intriguing to me and I enjoy reading a lot of fantasy and science fiction books so this... Read more
Published on March 17, 2012 by Deb N.
4.0 out of 5 stars A Heart in Sun and Shadow
I received A Heart in Sun and Shadow by Annie Bellet via CLP Blog Tours. I am obviously a big fan of chick lit and women's fiction, but everyone once in awhile I need to step... Read more
Published on January 1, 2012 by Samantha J
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More About the Author

Annie Bellet is the author of the Pyrrh Considerable Crimes Division and the Gryphonpike Chronicles series. She holds a BA in English and a BA in Medieval Studies and thus can speak a smattering of useful languages such as Anglo-Saxon and Medieval Welsh. Her short fiction work is available in multiple collections and anthologies.

Her other interests include rock climbing, reading, horse-back riding, video games, comic books, table-top RPGs and many other nerdy pursuits. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and a very demanding Bengal cat.

Find out more about her and her books by going to her blog at

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