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In this conclusion to a powerful saga, cruel deprivation and a full-scale conflict bring the Y Dawnus to the brink of annihilation. In the land of Kymru, High King Arthur has designated the talented pillars of society as the Gifted. These Gifted peoples are essential to his empire. When they are taken captive by the Corianans, King Arthur confronts his mortal enemy, Havgan the Warleader—a formidable opponent backed by menacing powers that threaten to end the magic in Kymru. Forced to enter a ...

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In this conclusion to a powerful saga, cruel deprivation and a full-scale conflict bring the Y Dawnus to the brink of annihilation. In the land of Kymru, High King Arthur has designated the talented pillars of society as the Gifted. These Gifted peoples are essential to his empire. When they are taken captive by the Corianans, King Arthur confronts his mortal enemy, Havgan the Warleader—a formidable opponent backed by menacing powers that threaten to end the magic in Kymru. Forced to enter a treacherous realm where captives are collared and sacrificed, where ruthless territorial boundaries are drawn and enforced, and where death by poisoning and torture are the norm, King Arthur and those loyal to him must fight to save their way of life and to liberate the Gifted. In this captivating and stirring fantasy, only the strongest survive in the pursuit of freedom. Only the deepest passion will drive away the evil that lurks in this mystical land of fragile kingdoms, powerful warlords, and ancient magic.

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Taylor's robust fourth Dreamer's Cycle novel (after 2008's Cry of Sorrow) mixes Arthurian and Celtic mythology with magic, romance, scheming and treachery. Previously dealt a hard blow when warleader Havgan captured the powerful druids and bards of Y Dawnus, Arthur ap Uthyr, high king of Kymru, must free them or lose all hope of reuniting his kingdom. Havgan and his witchfinders, the wyrce-jaga, are doing their best to eradicate all magic users—except Havgan's beloved mistress, the Kymric witch Arianrod. The expanding conflict will pit sons against fathers, sunder lovers and challenge loyalties as hidden secrets seethe beneath brutal schemes and spilled blood. Though a large cast of characters, complex backstory and intricate webs of relationships make this epic Arthurian fantasy a demanding read, Taylor wraps things up neatly, leaving just enough loose ends for the next volume. (Nov.)
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  • ISBN-13: 9781933836577
  • Publisher: Medallion Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Series: Dreamer's Cycle Series , #4
  • Pages: 485
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Holly Taylor is the author of the Dreamer's Cycle series. She is an avid fan and scholar of fantasy; Celtic, Germanic, and Arthurian mythology; and medieval history. She lives in Monrovia, California.

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  • Posted September 14, 2009

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    Readers who have not discovered Holly Taylor is missing out on one of the best fantasists today

    Warleader Havgan and his Corianans have captured the Y Dawnus druids and bards (see CRY OF SORROW). His victory has left Kymru High King Arthur ap Uthyr in deep trouble. Without these powerful supporters, he will fail at his quest to unite the kingdom under his realm. He and his followers must liberate them immediately, but have no hope of success as the mission is suicidal; yet without them they are dead anyway.

    Havgan and his loyal wyrce-jaga witchfinders are systematically destroying all magic users except for the powerful traitorous Kyrmic witch, Arianrod, Havgan's mistress. The conflict widens with no one allowed to remain on the sidelines as many die; but increasingly the strife seems to be turning in favor of the warlord over the monarch.

    The fourth Dreamer's Cycle Arthurian fantasy is a super entry filled with action, anguish, and strong characterizations. The humongous cast on all sides of the conflict makes the exhilarating story line seem real while also providing newcomers the back overarching theme (still worth the time to read the tales first). Readers who have not discovered Holly Taylor is missing out on one of the best fantasists today as her King Arthur saga is great.

    Harriet Klausner

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