AD 495, Wessex, Briton.
If all you had left was your heart, would you give it to your enemy?
A generation after Arthur Pendragon ruled, Briton lies fragmented into warring kingdoms and principalities.
The powerful Saxon King, Cerdic of Wessex, has spent the last twenty years hunting down Arthur’s noble knights. He is determined to secure his kingdom against any reprisals for killing their legendary leader. The knights who have survived the genocide are destined to spend the rest of their lives in hiding, never revealing who they really are.
The only knight who refused to be intimidated by this Saxon invader was Lancelot du Lac. Lancelot and Cerdic formed a fragile truce, but Lancelot has been dead these past eight years and it has fallen to his sons to protect Briton from the ambitions of the Saxon King.
Alden du Lac, the once king of Cerniw and son of Lancelot, has nothing. Betrayed by Cerdic, Alden’s kingdom lies in rubble, his fort razed to the ground and his brother Merton missing, presumably dead. Cerdic has had Alden tied to a post and ordered his skin to be lashed from his back. In the morning, if Alden is still alive, he is to be executed.
Annis, daughter of King Cerdic of Wessex, has been secretly in love with Alden for what seems like forever. She will not stand by and see him die. She defies father, king, and country to save the man she loves from her father’s dungeons. Alden and Annis flee Wessex together.
To the horror of Alden’s few remaining allies, he has given his heart to the daughter of his enemy. Alden’s allies see Annis, at best, as a bargaining chip to avoid war with her powerful father. At worst, they see a Saxon witch with her claws in a broken, wounded king.
Alden has one hope: When you war with one du Lac, you war with them all. His brother Budic, King of Brittany, could offer the deposed young king sanctuary—but whether he will offer the same courtesy to Annis is far less certain.
THE DU LAC CHRONICLES by Mary Anne Yarde is one of the most fascinating and compelling historical fiction stories that I have ever read. Set in the 5th Century, we learn the harsh reality of life at that time. The mysterious magic of the legend of Arthur and Lancelot is brought to life as we follow Alden Du Lac, Lancelot's son, as he tries to regain his kingdom and follow his heart at the same time. Tortured and almost dead at the hands of Cedric of Wessex, Alden is rescued by a most unlikely ally - Annis of Wessex, Cedric's daughter. Determined to help the man she has loved from afar, Annis risks her life to free him, and as they flee their lives will never be the same again. Falling in love, Alden knows that many will never accept her because of who her father is, but being with her is becoming as necessary as air to him. But with danger closing in on them, betrayal, family discord, and the threat of death hanging in the air will Alden and Annis even stand a chance? I enjoyed the intrigue, the twists and turns, and the many characters that make this plot rich and compelling. THE DU LAC CHRONICLES by Mary Anne Yarde is a thoroughly enjoyable read and I look forward to reading the next instalment.
BOOK RATING - 📖📖📖📖 4+
Born in Bath, England, Mary Anne Yarde grew up in the southwest of England, surrounded and influenced by centuries of history and mythology. Glastonbury—the fabled Isle of Avalon—was a mere fifteen-minute drive from her home, and tales of King Arthur and his knights were part of her childhood.
At nineteen, Yarde married her childhood sweetheart and began a bachelor of arts in history at Cardiff University, only to have her studies interrupted by the arrival of her first child. She would later return to higher education, studying equine science at Warwickshire College. Horses and history remain two of her major passions.
Yarde keeps busy raising four children and helping run a successful family business. She has many skills but has never mastered cooking—so if you ever drop by, she (and her family) would appreciate some tasty treats or a meal out!
Hi fellow bookworms. My name is Linda and I'm a reviewer & blogger from Ireland. Oh and also a wife and mother!
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