In a land of fog and desperate tribes, Tristan fights to protect western Briton from Saxon invaders. In the wake of battle, he returns to Kernow bearing grave news, and the order of power shifts.
As Tristan defends the west, his uncle, King Mark, faces enemies to the east beyond the sea: the Irish Bloodshields. Mark is determined to unite the tribes of Briton and Ireland and forge an alliance that would see an end to war and the beginnings of peace.
Iseult, the daughter of Irish kings and a woman of the blood, resigns herself to her inevitable fate: marriage to Lord Morholt. A bloody duel changes her course, and she finds herself stranded on the coast of Kernow bringing with her the possibility of peace. But when she loses her heart to one man and marries another, her future and that of Briton flutters grey.
Three people and a hope that will never fade, this is a story of promise; the legend of love.
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The story of Tristan and Iseult is a well known classic myth. Although it is commonly cited to originate from 12th century French poetry, it's roots actually stem from Celtic folklore. It has been the inspiration for many myths and stories since its first publication. It shares many of the same characteristics as the Arthur/Guinivere/Lancelot love triangle, and in fact, many scholars say it was the basis for that story. One of the most well known versions is the Wagner Opera of the same name, which debuted in Munich, Germany in 1865. J. D. Smith's recently published adaptation is a delightful read. She has a way of telling the tale that makes you really feel empathy for all of the characters involved. At one point, the pain and longing of Tristan, Iseult, and yes, King Mark almost brought me to tears. The story is told through chapters that alternate between Tristan's view of things and Iseult's. I really like when author's use this device as I like seeing and feeling how the different characters feel about the same events. If the story had any drawbacks for me, it was that it was too short. The book consists of only 220 pages and is easily readable in one sitting. My one caveat, though, is that this is not a traditional telling of the myth, so if you are a purist, this would probably not be for you. J. D. Smith has changed quite a few things in her telling, and left some things out altogether. For instance, in her telling of the story, there is no love potion, no torrid love affair, no punishment, etc. The story we see here almost has more of a Romeo and Juliet feel to it (but not quite that either). At any rate, Smith's story tells a sweet love story full of pain, longing, and honor which I found refreshing and thoroughly enjoyed. As it is written here, I think this is a wonderful book for middle school students who are just becoming acquainted with the myth. Thanks to the author for making a copy of this book available to the Sisterhood of the Traveling Book in exchange for a review.