by Kim Iverson Headlee, Kim Headlee


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Gyan is a Caledonian chieftainess by birth, a warrior and leader of warriors by training, and she is betrothed to Urien, a son of her clan's deadliest enemy, by right of Arthur the Pendragon's conquest of her people. For the sake of peace, Gyan is willing to sacrifice everything...perhaps even her very life, if her foreboding about Urien proves true.

Roman by his father, Brytoni by his mother, and denied hereditary rulership of his mother's clan because of his mixed blood, Arthur has followed his father's path to become Dux Britanniarum, the Pendragon: supreme commander of the northern Brytoni army. The Caledonians, Scots, Saxons, and Angles keep him too busy to dwell upon his loneliness...most of the time.

When Gyan and Arthur meet, each recognize within the other their soul's mate. The treaty has preserved Gyan's ancient right to marry any man, providing he is a Brytoni nobleman-but Arthur does not qualify. And the ambitious Urien, Arthur's greatest political rival, shall not be so easily denied. If Gyan and Arthur cannot prevent Urien from plunging the Caledonians and Brytons back into war, their love will be doomed to remain unfulfilled forever.

But there is an even greater threat looming. The Laird of the Scots wants their land and will kill all who stand in his way. Gyan, Arthur, and Urien must unite to defeat this merciless enemy who threatens everyone they hold dear.

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ISBN-13: 9780990505556
Publisher: System Support Services, Inc
Publication date: 02/23/2015
Pages: 422
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.86(d)

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Dawnflight 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great Arthur story! And i love the way Gwenevre is portrayed as a warrior! And it ends at nearly the beginning so no worries about the dreadful end. Great book!!!
Archaeolibrarian More than 1 year ago
As a lover of all things 'Arthurian', I was both looking forward to reading this book and also filled with trepidation in case I didn't enjoy it. I am pleased to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the intricate weave of this tale. Gyan is a strong Chieftainess who has to make a marriage match in order to prevent war. Unfortunately, from the start, she has her reservations about Urien but presses onwards for the sake of her clan. Gyan is a strong woman, a warrior-bred, and is not prepared to be the 'stay-at-home mom' that Urien wants her to be. Filled with interesting characters and places, this is a book to be savoured. Kim Iverson Headlee has put her own twist on the tales of Arthur and made it fresh and fascinating once more. I look forward to reading more in this series. * I received this book from Goddess Fish Promotions in return for a fair and honest review. * Merissa Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Knights, Chieftains, warriors, Kings, battles filled with the clanging of swords where the winner takes all, including the heads of the defeated leaders and women are a commodity to barter for peace, for power, for alliances, welcome to the world that legends are made from. Do names like Arthur Pendragon, Morgana, Merlin or Guinevere or even Lancelot sound familiar? Grab your warhorse, your sword and your shield, as Kim Iverson Headlee takes us back to live alongside these legends of history as war, politics and forbidden romance are all part of her enthralling tale, Dawnflight. Steeped in a period of unrest, one woman refuses to stand down as a warrior, in spite of her betrothal to a foreign lord who wants her to warm his bed and give him children. Ahh, politics, when will fathers learn NOT to barter with the daughter they have raised to be a fierce warrior chieftainess, to command armies and fight alongside her m armies? Gyan will do her duty and marry the barbaric lord, until she looks into the eyes of Arthur, fierce, cold and calculating. Wars have been waged for love, women scorned have sought revenge, but the bond between the fiery Gyan and the lethal Arthur is a force neither wants to deny. Kim Iverson Headlee tells us a tale of that time, and embellishes this love story with a feeling of authenticity that bounds off the pages with all of the ferocity of warring clans, countries and the barriers that exist through language, distance and beliefs. By using Celtic words, blending fact with fiction and the skill of a great story teller, Ms. Headlee will satisfy Arthurian fans, historical romance fans and even those who love a good sword fight! She has even given us flawed heroes, as the lines of morally right versus wrong are overstepped and legends come to life as real human beings. Definitely not a light read nor one for the delicate of constitutions, whether the battles are in the dining hall with words or on a bloody field, there are no holds barred, no prancing around, particularly where Gyan (Guinevere) is concerned. Do you like historical fiction to feel brutally hard, where the battles are personal and up close? Do you want to imagine the sounds of swords singing in the air, metal to metal contact as well as feel the passion of two souls who call to each other? I highly recommend Dawnflight as a great escape that flows like a river over rocks and through the rapids of conflict. I received this copy from Kim Iverson Headlee in exchange for my honest review.
KaylaSue1 More than 1 year ago
ONE TERRIFIC BOOK.. KIM HEADLEE IS A AUTHOR YOU WILL WANT TO READ IF YOU LIKE HISTORICAL BOOKS I WAS GIVEN THIS BOOK FOR AN HONEST OPINION AND THIS IS MY OPINION I have long loved stories of King Author, and it didn't matter if it was his boyhood or old and time for his son to take over when he died. This has been one of the best, Kim Headlee has certainly researched for historical authenticity and details. She has also managed to keep Gyan (Guinevere) as a warrior since by birth and training she is a Caledonian Chieftainess but due to Authors deafening her people she was to marry a Brytoni. With hardly much time for choice she found herself betrothed to Urien ,son of her clans deadliest enemy. Though he tries to hide the contempt he feels for her and her family and clan. Early warnings to maybe not trust him..he wants to break her spirit because she is as confident on the battlefield as in the room full of ladies. Gyan is to go to school on the Isle of Maun, when finished she is to be wed. But she meets Author and they fall in love, though it is Author's own law that has her betrothed to Urien, since Author's mixed blood stops him from leading his mother's clan. But he is determined to have her for his own, even if the cost is conflict, or can he get him to call it off. When Gyan gets to the school ,she runs into Morghe (Morgana, Authors half sister) ,Angusel (Lancelot). When the Irish attack the school Gyan,Author, Urien, Morghe, and Angusel were forced to help defend it. There is where Gyan really started noticing what Urien was really like, but even though she had been warned that she would die from a Brytoni man she was going to but she wanted Author. There is a worse problem a Scots Laird wants their lands so Author, Gyan and Urien must band together or lose all they love and hold dear. Kim uses lots of descriptive quotes, phases of the time period, three languages. It is a terrific job of keeping it as true to the time as she could . I look forward to more of her stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story of Arthur and Guinevere told as never before, Dawnflight is epic! Chieftainess Gyanhumera, leader of Caledonia, is betrothed to ensure peace and strenghten the bonds between clans. Soon she realizes her heart belongs not to her betrothed, but to the Pendragon--Arthur. Will she follow her heart and face the possibility of war? Packed full of action, with great attention to the detail of that time period, I commend Ms. Headlee for her beautiful work and highly recommend this novel to those who love the magic and lore of Arthurian legends. I look forward to reading more in this series!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite Dawnflight by Kim Headlee is volume one in a series on the Arthurian legend. This is an ambitious work on a subject and characters that many writers have tackled. Ms Headlee sets herself apart by making the story about Gyanhumara, or as she is more commonly known Queen Gwenivere. The story begins with Gyanhumara preparing to meet Urien, one of Arthur's commanders and the man she is expected to marry as part of a peace treaty forced on her clan when Arthur defeats them. There are many reasons Gyanhumara should marry Urien. He is a handsome, respected warrior and heir to the chieftainship of clan Moran. The land of their two clans border each other and a marriage between the next chief of one and female leader of the other will make both clans stronger. The marriage also fits into the plans of Arthur to strengthen and unite Britons against Saxon and Irish invaders. It makes absolutely no sense at all for Gyanhumara and Arthur to fall in love, which of course makes for a great love story. Dawnflight is a tale reeking of historical authenticity and detail. The use of archaic names for people and places gives this novel a tone and feel many novels about this era lack. The descriptions of life in an England beset with fractious strife between clans and the constant threat of invasion is very convincing. Ms Headlee does a great job weaving plot, character, and setting into a very wonderful story.
gaele More than 1 year ago
A reworking of Arthurian legend unlike any I have ever read, Headlee has managed to incorporate research, a compelling story and characters that breathe life into their ancient traditions.  Starting with Gyanhumara, a chieftaness of the Picts: she was delightfully unlike the common misrepresentation of the women of the time.  Fiercely loyal, intelligent and highly trained as a warrior in her own right, Gyan’s exuberance and curiosity are only tempered by the weight of her clan’s expectations and safety.   We get to spend much time with Gyan – in fact she is the primary narrator of the story,, and she quickly will become a favorite character: her personality and good heart are that apparent.   Urien is less likable; in fact he is very much like a spoilt child with a bad temper.  He works hard to mask his true disdain for Gyan’s people and family, condescending and jealously possessive.  His true grasping for power and control, and his lack of tolerance for those he considers beneath him all hint to an increase in his treacherous and even traitorous behavior is coming.  Arthur is not perfect, but a leader who truly cares for his people: although still early in his rise to power, the threats are coming from all angles – the wars for the unification of Briton are in their early stages, and clans, nationalities and marriage beds have created several threats to his rule.  Until these three meet, the story is quietly moving forward as it incorporates a side story of the growing movement of Christianity within the Brytons and Gyan’s fascination with the religion after feeling her own gods failing her.  Exploring traditions, utilizing languages that include Manx, Gaelic and Latin as well as a combination of the three,  presents these early clans as separate entities, steeped in their own traditions and fiercely independent.  The “feel” of the story and the language used to describe the scenes present lovely word pictures that enhance the story and present each reader with a clear understanding of the ‘look’ of the characters.   Other secondary characters are well introduced and presented, with development that ranges from completely filled out to just outlined with a sense that their presence will increase for good or bad further on.  Nearly everyone is familiar, at least in a basic sense, of the legends that surround Arthur, this book is taking them to a different space and giving the characters a depth and life that I haven’t seen in other works.  I will say that after starting a bit slowly the need to know more of the story took over and the book moved quite quickly.  For the first in a series, the ending was perfectly positioned and has me anxious to read the next book.   I received an eBook copy from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. 
NikiMattes More than 1 year ago
Gyan is chieftainess of a tribe, and betrothed to Urien, she feels something is not right with him, but she shrugs it off. she travels off to meet up with him and when she sees Arthur, they both are struck by lightening. They feel they found their soul mate and know nothing can be done she is promised to Urien. Gyan will do anything to keep her people safe.  First she goes to the Isle of Maun to study, but bad things follow her, the Scots try to take over the isle and kidnap her to use her to get Urien out of the city. Arthur is warned and goes quickly to safe her and his sister. Will he be on time, will they find each other and is their love finally be able to grow.....  Great debut book for Kim Headlee, I so enjoyed it and look forwards to more stories from her.  I received a copy of this book for a honest review
KikiD870 More than 1 year ago
I have always been a fan of Arthurian tales, loving the rich mythology of the time.  Dawnflight, first in a continuing epic series, brings together Gyan and Arthur.  All of the legendary characters are present in this novel, but they were "created" in a whole different way.  Headlee's retelling speaks of possible reality, rather than the fairy tale versions we all know.  It is, at its heart, still a love story, but told in an entirely new, and sometimes gritty, way. Things to love about Dawnflight...    --Gyan.  In this retelling, she appears as a stronger, more independent woman.  She is more of a warrior woman than the shy and reserved woman as she is normally portrayed.    --The new story.  Of course, I went into this book with all kinds of Arthurian tales in mind.  The threads were there, but the characterizations quickly changed as I got to know them through the eyes of the author. Things I wanted more/less of...    -Religious tone (less).  There was a clear religious tone to this that, at times, seemed at odds with the strong, independent nature of Gyan. My recommendation:  I think that this is a book that may not necessarily appeal to all readers, but most definitely to those who love this era, this mythology, and sweeping epic tales.  It is well-written and full of mystery and intrigue and a unique retelling of the story. I was left hovering between 3.5 and 4 mugs with this, but I truly think it is more a matter of personal taste rather than anything else.  I do think that this is a great read for those into Arthurian mythology!
KimHeadlee More than 1 year ago
“And while [they] lived happily ever after, the point is they lived.” This line, spoken at the close of 1998's Ever After, literally made me gasp the first time I heard it. Because it summarizes precisely what I try to convey with Dawnflight and its sequels. Scholars will argue until the Second Coming about whether Arthur was a mortal or a god, one man or a composite, a king or a soldier, a Christian or a pagan, a southern Celt or a northern one, a native Briton or a Romano-Sarmatian import, and any other arguments they can dream up. My theory is that a folkloric tradition as vast and as inspiring as the Arthurian Legends does not spring up around a mythic god, or a mortal who was universally disliked by his people and merely given good press by his bardic spin-doctors because he was their patron. Therefore, my conclusion about Arthur and Guinevere, their companions and their enemies is: they lived. They fought. They loved. They did the wrong things for the right reasons and the right things for the wrong reasons. They triumphed. They failed. And they learned to overcome failure and the pain of betrayal by forgiving each other—which is perhaps the greatest lesson we can learn from them.
mathphilosopher More than 1 year ago
Kim Iverson Headlee's "Dawnflight," "Morning's Journey," and "Raging Sea: Part I: Reckonings" are the #1, #2, and #3.1 tales in The Dragon's Dove Chronicles. I love this series! So wondrously detailed. It draws you in right from the beginning. Headlee's writing is always so descriptive. She really paints a picture. I could see this as a TV series. Love the historical references. Everything seems true to time period and well-researched.