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- Print Length: 552 pages
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- Publisher: Red Dragon Books; 2 edition (January 1, 2012)
- Publication Date: January 1, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006SJLSDA
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Yseult: A Tale of Tragedy in the Age of King Arthur (The Pendragon Chronicles Book 1) Kindle Edition
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From the Author
Many of the twists in my version of the tragic love story of Tristan and Iseult, as well as my portrayal of "the court of King Arthur," come from less well known Arthurian traditions and historical research. I have amassed shelves and shelves of books on ancient Ireland, the Celts, Arthurian and Celtic legends, Roman and Sub-Roman Britain, and the question of Arthur's historicism. I hope my research makes for a richer reading experience.
Book Two of the Pendragon Chronicles, Shadow of Stone, appeared in June, 2012. It picks up the story ten years after the events of Yseult. If you enjoyed Yseult, be sure to check out Shadow of Stone!
This edition contains the complete text of the novel, all four books:
- Part I: Two Women
- Part II: A Man and a Woman
- Part III: Two Men and a Woman
- Part IV: Two Women and a Man
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But over-all, I found this book well researched and a refreshing read; I especially enjoyed the alternative (but historically documented) version of Aurthur himself; there are lots of stories centered around "Arthur" and it can get really boring sometimes when author's either just repeat the Mallory version and/or try so hard to be historically "accurate" they lose the plot.
While a very different version than Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer-Bradly) or the same tale retold as a side story (in the same Universe) as The White Raven (by Diana Paxon) previous comparisons to the writing style are accurate and that is a compliment. In the interests of fairness I am a friend of Diana Paxson (she introduced me to my husband) and also know that she actually wrote most of the sequels to Mists of Avalon (after Marion's health declined); so I am well familiar with the back stories on all these books.
And while I adore White Raven, I also really like the very different interpretation of the main characters in Yseult and was very happy with the ending as well.
I am very much looking forward to reading the sequel which I now have and will recommend these books to friends (including Diana Paxson,who enjoys reading other versions of the tales she retells, her re-telling of the Ring Cycle is how I met my husband who also wrote one).
Others have noted that this is more of a historical novel than a historical romance; which is just fine with me as I prefer more in-depth immersion into the time period and less heavy breathing when it comes to good story telling. There's plenty of romance in this book, but it is the sort of old-fashioned "romance" that both the Tristan and Yseult Story and the German Ring Cycle are traditional examples of.
I look forward to reading more historical novels by the this author in the future and hope she investigates more of the Arthurian "side" stories...there are a lot of them out there.
I was (extremely) pleasantly surprised. The ups and downs of the love story actually kept me interested all the way to the end. And the book has plenty of "Dark Age" history, Irish magic, battle scenes and fist fights, and steamy sex woven throughout.
An epic, beautifully polished saga which I thoroughly loved. A great author, a great tale well told.
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HOWEVER, I didn't like the pornographically explicit, detailed description of Yseult and Tristan having sex for the first time - what was the point of that?? And the battle scenes were incredibly boring!!