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Morning’s Journey is the second book detailing Gyan and Arthur’s adventures and begins immediately following the events of the first book, Dawnflight. Anyone wishing to read this book needs to read Dawnflight first.
When I first met Gyan and Arthur in Dawnflight, I grew to like them both very much. They are wonderfully rounded characters, and I just knew they were meant to be together. As I began Mornings Journey, I eagerly anticipated reading about the great things they would accomplish together. However, as I read, it became clear that Gyan and Arthur haven’t become the strong team I know they could be. I was surprised by how much time they spend at odds with each other. Arthur clearly loves Gyan, but he doesn’t realize his actions are smothering at times. Gyan seems determined to question and mistrust practically everything that Arthur does. The gap between them grew with every page.
An unexpected pregnancy only added to the strain on their budding relationship. Gyan loves life as a warrior and knows that children would require sacrifice on her part. Consequently she doesn’t truly want to have children right away. However, birth control options are limited during this time period, and Gyan and Arthur both know that pregnancy is nearly always a possibility when having sex. I found it very hard to watch the pregnancy push Gyan and Arthur even further apart when it could have been something to strengthen their connection.
When unimaginable tragedy strikes, Gyan and Arthur’s bond is almost completely shattered. Gyan forcefully pushes people away from her, and she seems most severe on those who care about her the most. Gyan’s treatment of one of my favorite characters is absolutely atrocious. I can’t give this character’s name without spoiling the story, but I will say that she places an inordinate amount of blame on them. This person had demonstrated unswerving loyalty to her and her family time after time, and it was as if none of that mattered at all. She made this person feel completely worthless, and the actions she takes against them have probably done irreparable damage to their reputation. This coupled with the problems between Gyan and Arthur, made Morning’s Journey very difficult to read at times. Toward the end of the story, Gyan slowly begins to realize that she has been too harsh. I’m sorry to say that the relationship had not been mended at the tale’s conclusion. I can only hope that Gyan reaches out to her friend in the next book.
Despite all the turmoil, I am pleased to say that Gyan and Arthur eventually find their way back to each other. They have scars on their hearts, but I could see a glimmer of the wonderful couple they could be in the very last pages of the book.
Overall, Morning’s Journey is a good book. Gyan and Arthur certainly travel a rocky path, but I believe they will find happiness together eventually. I recommend this tale of love and loss to fans of historical romance.
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Morning's Journey is the second book on The Dragon’s Dove Chronicles. Therefore, I suggest you to read the first book on the series if you don’t want to get confused. Since I didn’t read the first book it took me quite a while to figure out the situation the characters were in and how they end up there. The story seems to take place in the middle ages. As soon as I heard Arthur Pendragon I couldn’t help but think this story will be about Camelot, Merlin and Morgana. However, it seems it was wrong. Don’t take me wrong, I would have loved to see those characters but the author did a pretty good job in building a unique story in a time span that seems to be quite similar. Our main characters are Gyanhumara or Gyan, for short, and Arthur Pendragon. Gyan isn’t only a warrior queen but also Arthur's consort. At first I was confused as to why she was a consort. I wasn’t sure if it was out of love or if it was for the good of their people. However, I came to realize that, of course, there was this fiery love. I don’t want to do a spoiler in case you haven’t read the book but in order not to get confused you need to know that Gyan had a betrothed before Arthur. Guess love conquers all because now our hero and heroine are together and waiting for nine months to pass, if you catch my meaning.
I liked Gyan character. She is a natural born leader but sometimes it can be difficult to give that position to someone else when you have other duties to attend to like being pregnant. The poor woman had all that stress and to make matters worse her ex-betrothed came into the picture to threaten her, Arthur and the not yet born baby. Arthur was also a likable character. In fact, even though Gyan and Arthur are supposed to be these fiery warriors, they are quite charming, funny and sweet. There were times when I felt I would melt by how sweet this feared warriors but respected warriors talked to each other. I really wish to say the story didn’t have any grieving and that there was no conflict between them. However, if that was the case then there wouldn’t be a story to tell. I found myself crying to some point of the story and I felt quite empathic when it came to Gyan but I also understood Arthur's actions and feelings. They both had different duties and the just acted in the way they thought was best but…that doesn’t mean by doing so it won’t kill you, slowly. This isn’t a story just about politics or war but also about how love and forgiveness conquer love and guide a couple on the rightful path.
I highly recommend this story to anyone that loves a good historical romance that covers not only drama and action but that it holds a very special lesson on personal growth and forgiveness. Nonetheless, I recommend you have a tissue or two near if you are as emotional as me.