- Paperback: 516 pages
- Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (9 October 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1544933649
- ISBN-13: 978-1544933641
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.3 x 22.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 857 g
- Customer Reviews: 33 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 617,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Du Lac Princess: (Book 3 of the Du Lac Chronicles) Paperback – 9 October 2017
About the Author
Mary Anne Yarde is the Award Winning author of the International Best Selling Series - The Du Lac Chronicles. Set a generation after the fall of King Arthur, The Du Lac Chronicles takes you on a journey through Dark Age Briton and Brittany, where you will meet new friends and terrifying foes. Based on legends and historical fact, The Du Lac Chronicles is a series not to be missed.
Born in Bath, England, Mary Anne Yarde grew up in the southwest of England, surrounded and influenced by centuries of history and mythology. Glastonbury--the fabled Isle of Avalon--was a mere fifteen-minute drive from her home, and tales of King Arthur and his knights were part of her childhood.
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The twists and turns of Ms Yarde’s story kept me reading until the small hours, and I can’t wait to read book four.
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Ms Yarde has again taken us on a wonderful journey into the Arthurian world but this time, she has outdone herself. The Du Lac Princess is the best book I’ve ever read in this genre. Think Game of Thrones, Outlander and Vikings all rolled into one. Seriously, I can see this story as the next big TV hit.
Not only is the writing superb, the research thorough, the story exciting, but the characters are wonderfully drawn, each with their own distinctive personalities, quirks and presence. This is no mean feat as we’re dealing with a number of powerful alpha males and amazing women often suffering through circumstances not many of us could imagine for ourselves. Theirs was a brutal time in history and Ms Yarde brings these amazing people to life brilliantly. The heroes are wonderfully complex and intriguing and the villains are fabulously villainous.
Of the many great characters, my favourite is Tegan. She says it how it is and doesn’t tolerate nonsense from anyone. Tegan is the old pagan woman who was once a Knight at the Court of King Arthur. We learn that she had been in love with Lancelot and most likely still was despite having married another man with whom she'd had a good life. But Tegan is a tough old bird who'd been through much in life and lives with remarkable fortitude and vitality despite her advancing years – a wise survivor after my own heart. Upon meeting Merton, and immediately realising that he was one of Lancelot’s sons, she helps to heal him after his horrific torture on orders of the usurper, King Philippe.
I was breathless by the end of the novel and much relieved that Merton and Amandine ended up together, ready to continue their story - hopefully - in the next novel.
I’m delighted that the author has decided to continue the story in a series of books, rather than in a trilogy. I'm already missing the characters who had become friends, and look forward to the next novel when I'll meet them again.
This novel centres both on the youngest of the Du Lac brothers, Merton and the love of his life, Amandine, the Du Lac Princess. Merton is recovering from the terrible injuries he suffered at the hands of his enemies in Brittany and has gone into self imposed exile. Amandine meantime, is under sentence of death. Neither of the two lovers knows the other is alive and in the background lurks the malevolent Mordred Pendragon, all the ingredients required for a great plot and it is.
I won’t spoil this excellent book for readers, by giving the plot away, but can say I think it is the best yet of the Du Lac Chronicles. Very well done Mary Anne Yarde and I look forward to the next in the series with eager anticipation.
Believable characters are tested to their limits, physically and mentally. The plot is exciting and has lots of tension. Betrayal and misdirection, love and loyalty and secrets and lies add fuel and ratches up the intrigue.
I've not studied the Arthurian legend or this period so I have to leave it to others to comment on the historical accuracy. I can say the period seems to have been thoroughly researched and the setting is consistent and coherent. I can confirm this is a very enjoyable read that can be read as a stand alone but why deny yourself the pleasure of reading the series from the start?
After reading the first two books I thought the pace might slow down, but no, this is even better! The author does a fabulous job of scene setting and in depth characterisation. The writing style is so engaging, and the depth of feeling so heart-wrenching that I found myself in tears twice in the first couple of chapters.
I refuse to give any of the story away, but suffice it to say, this is a wonderful read. It's full of emotion, battles of love and hate blended seemlessly with a good smattering of histoircal legends. I simply couldn't put the book down.
The horrifying punishments of the time meted out to often innocent victims, especially women, by the Church and which lasted for more than a thousand years, have always confounded me. In the Du Lac Princess we feel some of the terrible fear and suffering that many millions of women must have felt before being burned at the stake.
Aldred's character development surprised me, as, from what I had read in the previous books, I expected him to embrace the unexpected arrival of his long lost brother. I was shocked when he treated him like a traitor and did not feel the later explanation given was adequate. I liked some of the new characters we encounter, especially Tegan and Alan and am looking forward to finding more about some of the others. I found this book to be a more satisfying read than the Du Lac Devil and am hopeful for the sequel. However, although the culture and times are portrayed historically I find the book to be more of a fantasy than a historical novel.
An amazing story which I would love to give more than five stars to. Yarde brings the times and the adventure to life with her compelling prose. There are so many secrets revealed and a few more hinted at that I can’t wait to see what happens. Very well-written and highly recommended!
In addition to that there are new threads to the story and brilliant new characters added. Tegan and Alan quickly won me over and Sampson really grew on me in this installment. Budic, not so much LOL, didn’t I say that last time? There is a surprise appearance from a name I didn’t think would pop up. And OMG Josephine, that woman, I despise her.
The new thread with Alan has me thoroughly excited to see if it will be featured in upcoming parts and I so want to keep up with… I won’t list names because that might steal tension regarding who does and doesn't make it. Trust you want to read this. You want to read them all. This is my favorite series ever. I really, truly hope the next part will be coming soon.
Besides the tension that kept me on the edge of my seat, there was also a good deal of ruminating about religion and the conflict between the Catholic Church that existed in the year 500, and the more ancient “pagan” religion. Interestingly, some meaningful discussions were also included about certain characters’ desires to go beyond the punitive, unforgiving church doctrine of that era, to forge a more forgiving and accepting church.
Besides focusing to a great extent on my favorite Du Lac brother, Merton, this installment in the Du Lac Chronicles also features some of the famous characters who interacted with King Arthur, himself. Fun stuff.
There were some editing issues, but not enough to mar my reading experience.
The Intrigue begins on page one and doesn’t let up. The storyline from each character’s point of view compels you forward, moves you through their web of survival and need for vengeance. From the moment I began, I didn’t want to stop reading, all the way through to the heart-stopping ending.
This story should be made into a tv series, I would love to see these characters come to life on-screen.
The house of Du Lac lives in my heart, and I can’t wait for books 4 and 5 and 6... keep them coming.
This particular instalment was little slower to get going (a little depressing given the circumstances of the protagonist) but once the story got moving, it was very difficult to put down.
Mary Anne writes with a good dose of humour, compassion and her characters have very unique personalities. There are a couple you will love to hate, but that is the mark of good writer.
I was a little devastated to discover the next book ins't ready yet, but I will be holding out for more.