I'll skip the summary and share what I liked and didn't like about the story. It started out interesting. Deidres quest for the Philosoper's Stone and the references to the Holy Grail and King Author. The author did a good job of weaving her story with the legends from the begining to the end of the story.
The problems that I had with the story was that the relationship between Deidre and Gilead was overshadowed by his fathers story. Sometimes their romance seemed to take a back seat to Augus(Gileads father) and his lady love Formorian. Also the book was set during a period of time I normally don't enjoy and this book reminded me why I ususally avoid this time period. There is so much history and things happening and the author has to be careful not to turn a romance novel into a dry history book but at the same time give the reader enough background info. of the setting. The clan issues and threats of war distracted form the romance. Over and over the same talk of clan wars and foregin invasions. Also I had enough of hearing that women were something to be traded and even killed by her husband whenever he wanted. These same two issues went on and on throughout the book.
So much was going on that Deidre and Gilead were lost in the story. It was hard to believe that they feel in love when they never spent anytime together or really had meaningful converstion. I believe that they were in lust not love form the beginning until the end of the story.