Du Lac Chronicles Book 1
By Mary Anne Yarde
“An evocative, timeless saga of love and betrayal” Tony Riches, author of The Tudor Trilogy.
“It is dangerous to become attached to a du Lac. He will break your heart, and you will not recover.” So prophesies a wizened healer to Annis, daughter of King Cerdic of Wessex. If there is truth in the old crone’s words, they come far too late for Annis, who defies father, king, and country to save the man she loves.
Alden du Lac, once king of Cerniw, has nothing. Betrayed by Cerdic, Alden’s kingdom lies in rubble, his fort razed to the ground and his brother Merton missing, presumably dead. He has only one possession left worth saving: his heart. And to the horror of his few remaining allies, he gives that to the daughter of his enemy. They 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 from Mary Anne Yarde is a new story based on Arthurian Legend and the great historical/fantasy fiction tradition of Bernard Cornwall, C.M.Grey and Kim Headlee.
The Du Lac Chronicles has a recommend reading age of 15+
Historical Fiction that reads as lush and lyrical as Fantasy and as Sweet as Romance, I fell in love with this story before finishing chapter one! The time period appeals to me as a reader of historical fiction, but the characters came alive, sharing their stories with me and vying for my attention with each turn of the page. The details were delicious; I could see, taste, feel, hear and yes, even Smell the world I had tumbled into and I felt more like I was on a holiday in a far distant land than simply reading.
Definitely a series to follow and a story I could see easily adapted to tele or movie, I am now invested in the saga and look forward to reading the sequel!
5 Stars Ms. Yarde 🙂