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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this beautifully executed continuation of The Road to Avalon , her earlier depiction of sixth-century Britain, Wolf tells the story of Niniane, a Celtic princess, and Ceawlin, bastard son of the King of the West Saxons. Eighty years after the death of Arthur, the Celts are disorganized, drifting away from the cities built by the Romans. The vigorous Saxons, on the other hand, have settled down and become civilized, creating in many ways a more viable culture. Niniane and Ceawlin escape from Winchester, the West Saxon stronghold, after he kills his brother in a fight and is disinherited. With help from the Celts and some dissatisfied Saxon thanes, Ceawlin fights for and claims the Saxon crown. Throughout the years, the couple's family and love grow, as does the Saxon kingdom, more Celts realizing that Saxon rule provides stability in a dangerous age. Ceawlin also must the fight treachery of his father's wife, of his trusted adviser, his best friend and most perilously, of his Celtic brother-in-law. Wolf's vivid picture of life among the Saxons and Celts is well imagined--so little is known about the time--and given an air of authenticity with its attention to detail and acute psychological portrayals. (Aug. )
Library Journal
Sixth-century Britain hasn't often been used as the setting for a novel--little is known about the period--but Wolf has taken names and dates from the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles and built a story around them. The love story of Celtic princess Niniane and Saxon prince Ceawlin is the heart of the novel. When Ceawlin is forced into exile, he and Niniane find refuge with her people. Ceawlin, a gifted leader, gains the loyalty of both Celt and Briton; his destiny is to unite two peoples in one kingdom. Still missing from Wolf's work ( The Road to Avalon, LJ 10/15/88) is a strong sense of time and place, but the plotting is excellent and the main characters and their love story appealing. Buy wherever there's a demand for historical fiction; this is likely to please.-- Beth Ann Mills, New Rochelle P.L., N.Y.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780453006668
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/18/1989
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 1.00 (w) x 1.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2013


    Moved to wolf run. Not wolf sun. Come on he says waiting for her

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2012

    Love this book

    An epic story. I have read this book no less than 8 times in the last 10 years.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011


    I first read this book in high school and again years later and it still captures my imagination. Great read

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  • Posted October 2, 2011

    My Favorite Book

    I first read this book in high school after completing "The Road to Avalon." I enjoyed the first book in the series so much, I didn't want it to end. I checked out this book from the library and loved it so much I finished it in three days. When it was time to return it, I checked it out again and read it a second time. That's the only time I've ever done that. Afterwards, I spent years scouring the used book stores(it was out of print) for this book and finally found it. I'm hoping an electronic version of this book is released soon, I will buy that too. This is the best book I've ever read. The first book is really good, but "Born of the Sun" is amazing. I never got a chance to read the third book in the series, it's out of print, but if it's anything like the first two books, if I can find it, I'll buy it.

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