First I would like to start off with the fact that I docked one star on this book because it kind of had an rocky start to it. At first it seemed to jump around a bit and there was an occassional paragraph that got a bit wordy and descriptive, and because of it became confusing. However, after hitting a fourth of the way through this book I really started liking the author's writing style and she did a good job with creating a great plot around an old legend.
It starts with Sir Marhaus, the Irish queen's "special" knight challenging King Mark of Cornwall in an effort to secure more lands for Ireland and impress his queen. Mark doesn't know quite what to do, as he is kind of a weakling, joke of a king. Merlin tells him his estranged nephew Tristan still lives and is a champion knight. Tristan arrives at Castle Dore, defeats Marhaus, but is injured in the battle by Marhaus' poisoned blade. Merlin ships Tristan off to Ireland to be healed by Isolde. While there Tristan claims that he is a peasant but falls for Princess Isolde anyhow. When Isolde's mother tries to get her to take a lover, by having the knights compete, Tristan enters the battle and wins. However, the queen soon discovers that Tristan is reponsible for her lover Marhaus' death and runs him off the isle. Isolde is devastated. Tristan does return, but only to get Isolde to marry uncle Mark by pledge of honor. Isolde agrees but enroute becomes Tristan's lover. And so the plot continues.......
Good book! I found it very enjoyable and just started the second!
- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (30 June 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0684860848
- ISBN-13: 978-0684860848
- Package Dimensions: 24 x 15.8 x 3.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 662 g
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