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Twilight of Avalon: A Novel of Trystan & Isolde

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  • Posted December 6, 2012

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    Going into this book without much knowledge of the Arthurian leg

    Going into this book without much knowledge of the Arthurian legends may or may not have been a good thing. I know the story of Arthur, or Merlin, of Modred - not of Isolde and Trystan. Yay or nay? I'll never know.

    Knowing the basic history of the world, though, proved to be a good thing. Though I loved the story that Anna Elliot spun, those who do not know the stories prior to reading Twilight of Avalon will have a hard time keeping up. This story is definitely limited to Arthurian fans, or those who think they can keep up based on a quick history of the world and various mentions of the past. (Note: Elliot does cover everything that's needed to know, but it is hard to remember it all.)

    That aside, though, I really enjoyed Twilight of Avalon, much more than I thought I would. One of my biggest pet peeves - flat characters - didn't creep up. All of Elliot's characters are three dimensional - interesting, well developed, and real. Isolde, in particular, stuck out to me, as did the dead Morgan. (Trystan annoyed me a bit when it came a certain major plot point and what he chose to or not to reveal about himself, but hey, I don't control the characters.)

    The plot was excellent, a fantastic representation of what the real Isolde would have had to go through during that time period. I won't give too much away, but every bit of the plot I believed.

    I also love that she didn't hold back in what actually went down. If there would have been rape, there was rape. If there would have been killings, there were killings. Nothing was hidden just because of the audience that it would have appealed to, and I give Elliot mad props for that.

    Oh! And before I forget, this is one of those books that you need to sit down and read in one sitting. Maybe it was just me and my mood, but every time I put it down I got antsy because I had no idea what would happen next.

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  • Posted July 18, 2009

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    Exciting, compelling, magical.

    A stunning first novel. The prologue - in the hypnotic voice of legendary enchantress Morgan le Fay - thrills with deep emotional undercurrents. The central story - the conflicts and triumphs of a queen in dark-age Britain - reads like a suspense thriller, although its compassion, insight, and beauty of language are far above the ordinary. A wonderful journey into what feels like the real Sixth Century. The book has a timeless power that I believe will captivate young and old in many future generations.

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  • Posted April 14, 2009

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    This is a fascinating Arthurian tale

    Morgan LeFay's granddaughter Queen Isolde struggles with the powers she inherited from her infamous ancestor and her father Mordred. With the murder of her spouse, the king of England, she knows his loyal men will suspect her of sorcery due to her roots. She also knows there will be an ugly power struggle to initially determine who leads the army and subsequently fill the throne. She feels ill because she will see the bloody fights twice; before and during. Her advisors urge her to marry so she can be protected, but she abhors the idea especially since she still grieves her loss of three days.-------------

    The apparently most powerful of the warriors fighting for the crown is Cornwall King Marche, who plans to marry the queen to solidify his hold though he is also attracted to her. Isolde tries to end his courtship, but Marche refuses to listen. When the beleaguered queen meets mercenary prisoner Trystan, she learns she is unsafe from Marche, who forces her to marry him. However, Isolde and Trystan flee the castle with Marche in pursuit.-----------

    This is a fascinating Arthurian tale that retells the often retold story of Isolde and Trystan. The emphasis is on political intrigue though there are paranormal moments. Part of the intrigue is caused by Trystan who throughout remains an enigmatic shadowy champion; perhaps antihero might be more descriptive. However, Isolde comes across as either incompetent or a moron as she remains dense and oblivious that something is wrong in her inner circle while her loyal supporters keep getting assassinated. Still this is an interesting fantasy told from her perspective, which ironically affirms her enemies are right that someone else needs to be on the throne for the sake of the kingdom.-----------

    Harriet Klausner

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