Morning's Journey

Morning's Journey

by Kim Iverson Headlee, Kim Headlee


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In a violent age when enemies besiege Brydein and alliances shift as swiftly as the wind, stand two remarkable leaders: the Caledonian warrior-queen Gyanhumara and her consort, Arthur the Pendragon. Their fiery love is tempered only by their conviction to forge unity between their disparate peoples. Arthur and Gyan must create an impenetrable front to protect Brydein and Caledonia from land-lusting Saxons and the marauding Angli raiders who may be massing forces in the east, near Arthur's sister and those he has sworn to protect.

But their biggest threat is an enemy within: Urien, Arthur's rival and the man Gyan was treaty-bound to marry until she broke that promise for Arthur's love. When Urien becomes chieftain of his clan, his increase in wealth and power is matched only by the magnitude of his hatred of Arthur and Gyan-and his threat to their infant son.

Morning's Journey, sequel to the critically acclaimed Dawnflight, propels the reader from the heights of triumph to the depths of despair, through the struggles of some of the most fascinating characters in all of Arthurian literature. Those struggles are exacerbated by the characters' own flawed choices. Gyan and Arthur must learn that while extending forgiveness to others may be difficult, forgiveness of self is the most excruciating-yet ultimately the most healing-step of the entire journey.

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ISBN-13: 9780990505532
Publisher: System Support Services, Inc
Publication date: 12/16/2014
Pages: 422
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.86(d)

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Morning's Journey (The Dragon's Dove Chronicles, #2) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Archaeolibrarian More than 1 year ago
Morning's Journey starts with Gyan waking from a nightmare, the day after she and Arthur married. She is still worried about the part that Urien will play in their future, as she doesn't think that he will accept the lot he has been given. She has reason to worry as Urien is indeed plotting, and using his betrothal to Morghe to quicken events along. There is a lot that goes on during this book between a number of characters. This is an intricate tale, woven through with love, honour, betrayal, traditions and religion. The various titles and responsibilities between Artyr and Gyan are numerous. Artyr is Gyan's Consort in Clan Argyll. She is his wife in the eyes of Britain. She is a Commander, a Warrior, a Chieftainess. Their relationship also changes from the first blaze of love, to trials and tribulations. Artyr has to figure out how to please Gyan, when she doesn't even know herself. She wants him to recognise her in her own right as a Warrior, but when he does, she doesn't want that but his love instead. I can definitely recommend this to any fans of Arthur history/mythology, who like their traditional tale with a twist. * I received this book from Goddess Fish Promotions in return for a fair and honest review. * Merissa Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
KaylaSue1 More than 1 year ago
KIM HEADLEE HAS CONTINUED THIS WONDERFUL STORY....A GREAT, DON'T WANT TO MISS SERIES I WAS GIVEN THIS BOOK FOR AN HONEST REVIEW AND THIS IS MY HONEST OPINION Sequel to Dawnflight, goes from triumph to despair, struggles of the fascinating characters of Arthurian times. Those struggles are exacerbated by the characters’ own flawed choices. Urien is upset that Gyan chose Arthur over him. Gyan and Auther are happy when she gives birth to a son but Urien is planning revenge. With Morgne help he hopes that the marriage to him will get her out from under her brother’s control and she can have some power. She tells Urien about deadly herbs without questions. When he says he wants the child, she is shaken but finds a way to kidnap but not giving her nephew to him Gyna overcome with grief her over the loss of her son makes some bad choices. She refuses to believe Angusel when he told her what he found, even though he has always been a faithful friend , and banished him. She decides to go back to Maun when her loss faith, love and family starts to fall apart. Breaking Arthur's heart because she is so devastated. Life is never easy and self doubt and old enemies are still looking to take revenge. Maun is attacked but because a fisher man warned them, Gyan rallied her troops and led them to a victory. Author rushes in when all the fighting starts to come to a close. Arthur and Gyan, find forgiveness,get back together and move on with lives. There is lots of action, suspense, romance, angst , deceit and some dark sinister undertones.Gyan and Arthur learn that forgiving others may be difficult, forgiveness yourself is harder, but the most healing. I love her ideal for this love story. A lot time for research of different histories, legends and myths that went into writing these books. Every characters has their own struggle to make and accept the changes in their lives which made them seem more real. I love it when a book keeps me from putting it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story of Arthur and Gyan continues in this second installment of The Dragon's Dove Chronicles. I've found this book to be even more intense than the first as the reader learns of the results of Gyan's broken betrothal to Urien and the effect it has not only on both her and Arthur, but also her child and her clan. Gyan must face the harsh reality of her choices and though she is a fighter and warrior at heart, she must learn the power of forgiveness to become whole. Once again, Headlee has weaved a tale packed with action, romance and suspense. I will follow this series to completion. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves Arthurian legends. But be warned--once you pick it up, you won't set it down until you have finished the last page!
KikiD870 More than 1 year ago
Morning's Journey is the sequel to Dawnflight and my favorite of the two!  This series is an epic tale of Arthurian mythology.  What I love most about this series is that the characters are created in new ways.  The cast of characters are those with whom all lovers of Arthurian literature are familiar, but presented in a completely different way.  It is the alternate reality version of mythology!  And it is one that is definitely a bit darker and grittier than most! I love a book that can push its way into my head and keep me hooked.  This book did this for me, even more than the first.  It picks up right after Dawnflight ends, and right into the midst of Gyan's nightmare, predicting Urien's win.  It was a dramatic, and bloody, start to the ongoing sage of Arthur and Gyan!  There are a lot of these heart-pounding, full of anticipation scenes, the kind of scenes that keep you turning the pages. Being a student of mythology, I can thoroughly appreciate the sheer amount of research that the author has done with this series.  The weaving of myth and history is beautiful to read, and seamlessly done.  I love, love, love the blending of myths from different cultures, and this author is an expert at doing so! Things to love about Morning's Journey...    -The mythology.  The cultures referenced in this book are historically accurate, but she blends their mythology together in new and interesting ways that make you look at the Arthurian stories in an entirely new light.    -The very real struggles of Arthur and Gyan.  I love that,despite being epic characters, they have their own personal struggles.  My favorite is Gyan's struggle to realize her new life NOT as a leader. My recommendation:  For lovers of Arthurian stories, a definite must read.  However, you should most definitely read Dawnflight first as these truly are an epic saga from one book to the next.  
NikiMattes More than 1 year ago
Morning Journey is the second book in the The Dragon's Dove Chronicles a great follow up in my eyes. In this book Guanhumara ans Artyr are married, she is pregnant she is afraid that her child might be in danger for Urien, She can't longer fight much the longer she is pregnant. Threads also come from the other Kings, You ill love this book it is as good as the other, but you can't read them separate, when you want to read this, first read book one Dawnflight. I promise you will not regret any of them. I received a copy of this book for a honest review.
KimHeadlee More than 1 year ago
At long, =long= last, the story of Gyan and Arthur continues where it left off in DAWNFLIGHT. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I have enjoyed writing it.
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For horseclan ONLY