Dark Moon of Avalon: A Novel of Trystan and Isolde

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She is a healer, a storyteller, and a warrior. She has fought to preserve Britain’s throne. Now she faces her greatest challenge in turning bitter enemies into allies, saving the life of the man she loves . . . and mending her own wounded heart.

The young former High Queen, Isolde, and her friend and protector, Trystan, are reunited in a new and dangerous quest to keep the usurper, Lord Marche, and his Saxon allies from the throne of Britain. Using Isolde’s cunning wit and ...

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Overview

She is a healer, a storyteller, and a warrior. She has fought to preserve Britain’s throne. Now she faces her greatest challenge in turning bitter enemies into allies, saving the life of the man she loves . . . and mending her own wounded heart.

The young former High Queen, Isolde, and her friend and protector, Trystan, are reunited in a new and dangerous quest to keep the usurper, Lord Marche, and his Saxon allies from the throne of Britain. Using Isolde’s cunning wit and talent for healing and Trystan’s strength and bravery, they must act as diplomats, persuading the rulers of the smaller kingdoms, from Ireland to Cornwall, that their allegiance to the High King is needed to keep Britain from a despot’s hands.

Their admissions of love hang in the air, but neither wants to put the other at risk by openly declaring a deeper alliance. When their situation is at its most desperate, Trystan and Isolde must finally confront their true feelings toward each other, in time for a battle that will test the strength of their will and their love.

Steeped in the magic and lore of Arthurian legend, Elliott paints a moving portrait of a timeless romance, fraught with danger, yet with the power to inspire heroism and transcend even the darkest age.

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The second installment of Elliot's Twilight of Avalon trilogy returns to the tale of former Queen Isolde and her devoted champion, Trystan. Now that Britain is in danger of falling to treacherous Lord Marche and his ruthless Saxon allies, Isolde knows that her only chance to save the kingdom is a desperate alliance with Saxon king Cerdic, whose willingness is uncertain. Trystan escorts Isolde on her quest to find Cerdic and, in the process, she learns more than she'd like about their time apart, during which he endured everything from slavery to torture; their greatest challenge, however, will be to trust their love. Elliot brings the Arthurian world to rich life, creating a Britain both familiar and distinctly alien to fans of medieval romances. Though Tristan and Isolde's romantic hedging, an obvious play to prolong the sexual tension, can frustrate, fans of the first book should be satisfied with this intermediary episode. (May)
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“Passion, conflict, danger and magic combine for an irresistible love story which will keep you turning the pages!” –Michelle Moran, Author of Nefertiti and Cleopatra’s Daughter
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416589907
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 9/14/2010
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 419
  • Sales rank: 1,160,160
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.04 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

A long time devotee of historical fiction and fantasy, Anna Elliott lives in the DC Metro area with her husband and two daughters. She is the author of Twilight of Avalon and Dark Moon of Avalon, the first two books in the Twilight of Avalon trilogy. Visit her at www.annaelliottbooks.com.

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  • Posted January 6, 2011

    A MAGICAL TALE OF LOVE,LEGENDS, AND MYTHS OF MEDIEVAL TIMES!

    DARK MOON OF AVALON:A NOVEL OF TRYSTAN & ISOLDE by Anna Elliott is a historical fiction/fantasy set in sixth century in a land far far away in Britain,and Ireland.Book two of "Twilight of Avalon" triology. Book One " Twilight of Avalon" but can be read as a stand alone. It is well written with depth,details and some historical facts. It has magic,myths,legends, war, fear, romance,betrayal, Arthurian legend,medieval tales,danger,bitter enemies,healing,political,military,honor,trust, wounded hearts and love that last throughout time. This is a story that will last the test of time of love,honor and hope. The hero, Trystan, most learn to deal with his past hurts,his father was brutal,a king,cruel and out to destroy him.The heroine, Isolde,is a High Queen, a healer,accursed of being a witch, married twice not by choice but for survival.Once to Trystan's evil father,once as a child of only twelve to a young king who was betrayed my Trystan's father and murdered by him. If you will enjoy this fast paced,page turning story based on myths and legends during medivial times especially if you enjoy magic, love,danger, sacrifice and the trials of young love.This book was received for the purpose of review from the publisher and details can be found at Touchstome,a division of Simon and Schuster.

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  • Posted August 21, 2010

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    wonderful compassionate thriller

    With the support of brutal Saxon warriors, perfidious Lord Marche sits on the throne of Britain. The usurped highly intelligent High Queen Isolde fears her kingdom is doomed unless she acts immediately, but needs strong allies as any other action would prove lethally rash.

    High Queen Isolde still depends on her intrepid friend Trystan for protection from Marche's myriad of assassins. A healer she turns to the smaller kingdoms and the Saxon King Cerdic as an ally though Isolde has doubts he will unite with her as he may have already accepted the usurper as a done deal. With Trystan at her side, Isolde searches for the elusive monarch. On the treacherous trek, she learns of the ordeal her companion faced when they were separated. Isolde hopes they can one day pledge their lives without worrying who is creeping up behind them with a knife.

    The second Trystan and Isolde Arthurian saga (see Twilight of Avalon) is an entertaining tale starring two fascinating lead characters whose love for one another is put on hold as they focus on lining up allies to save their people from an abusive false ruler. Enchanting as Anna Elliot builds from the original legend, fans will enjoy the medieval political intrigue although romance readers might want the heroic duet to end their personal sacrifices and instead expedite their love for one another. This is a wonderful compassionate thriller in which the protagonists dodge an abomination and his odious horde.

    Harriet Klausner

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