Tracy Cooper Posey is brilliant at weaving stories with individuals that are completely believable in their thoughts and dialogue.
I also love the fact that her female characters are definitely not boring, whiny or TSTL.
Ms Tracy has an amazing way of telling a tale. It’s magical 🙂
How good is the author that she can surprise readers even though the Arthurian cycle is one of the most rewritten ones in western literature.
A politically expedient marriage, rife with bitter history.
King Arthur has hewn peace for Britain as promised and Camelot has enjoyed five years of plenty. Gawain, one of Arthur’s greatest warriors and companions, seethes restlessly now war has ended. He brings himself to marry the politically suitable Tegan of Dunoding, who is far removed from the soft, gentle women he prefers, and irritates him more often than not.
Tegan’s bitterness toward Gawain is driven by a history he doesn’t remember, and that she cannot forget, which dooms the marriage. When Tegan’s closest friend, Queen Guenivere, goes missing, sending Camelot into chaos, Arthur tasks Gawain and Lancelot with finding the Queen. Gawain shocks Tegan by seeking her unique talents to help with the quest. The two must find a way to work together, for the good of Camelot and Britain…
This novel is part of the ancient historical romance series, Once and Future Hearts, set in Britain during the time of King Arthur.
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I cannot get enough of this series! This is the legend of King Arthur like you’ve never read before. It is action-packed, thought-provoking, heart-wrenching and a bunch of other hyphenated words. I think the dialogue between Tegan and Gawain in this book is my favorite amongst the main characters of the rest of the series. One of my favorite exchanges:
“Walk with me to the arena, where there are blades you can use to gut me, if the mood strikes you.”
“For what possible reason would I do that?”
“Gut me? Is it not an ambition of yours?”
Tegan rolled her eyes.
As with all of Tracy Cooper-Posey’s amazingly detailed and unique characters Tegan is a strong-willed and independent woman with secret vulnerabilities. You can’t help but fall in love with and feel compassion for these characters. Add in flawless world-building, witty dialogue and plotting that would make Machiavelli proud and you have the perfect escapist story. Which is something I think everyone could benefit from at some point in this pandemic craziness
This latest installment of the Once and Future Hearts series revolves around Guinevere's disappearance. It tells us a part of the story of Arthur and Guinevere that did not have much focus on. Tracy did another fabulous job in recounting this part of Arthur and Guinevere’s life.
I loved the gripping storyline with plot twists and intricacies that intrigued me.
As with the other books in the series I love that Arthur and Guenivere's story is told in parallel to that of the soldier and lady in waiting. The small slice-of-life details of the everyday citizens of Camelot are what bring the tale to life and gives me the sense that I KNOW these characters. Full immersion into the life and times, is such an interesting backdrop to the action and interactions of the storyline.
The main characters were both very strong and independent so therein lay the impediments to their relationship. It was a compelling story watching them butt heads and bounce off each other despite their chemistry simmering beneath the surface.
I highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys a well written and immersive experience in historical times.
You don't need to know the legends of Arthur to enjoy any of these books, as I started this series with only a familiarity of the main characters names' and I was completely hooked from the first book!
Another excellent Arthurian legend adventure; so magnificently written that it makes you question the reality of Camelot. The main characters, Tegan and Gawain, are enmeshed with King Arthur, Guenivere, his Queen, and the daily living at court. There is intrigue, magic, danger, unrequited love, but most importantly the awakening of love. The daily lives of all those involved, are what make this story so amazingly realistic. I won't do spoilers so I hope what I've given you is enough to make you want to grab this, and all the other books in this series. You will fall in love with all the characters you meet in these legendary, and fact filled, stories.
Once again, a strong tale of incredible women and their adjustments to life at Camelot. No longer at war, the story unfolds the characters roles, the friendships, expectations of themselves and others. You feel the sorrow and the longing the characters have, you understand their needs and wants, disappointments, misunderstandings and desires – Tracy is quite frankly Brilliant.
Tracey has an amazing ability to make you feel anxious, thrilled, hurt, relieved. You become so involved with the characters that you feel their apprehension, the what’s going to happen next?
The plot thickens in this series and the wait to see the whole of the story unfold is exhilarating.
As always there are a few stories going on at once all developing to merge into the main tale.
Always intriguing, this series is fascinating.
Another magnificent story. Somehow Tracy Cooper Posey takes this very well know tale and makes it new and fascinating for us.
Having always been interested in myths and legends, I have found Tracy to be meticulous in weaving known legends and historical detail into original stories that fascinate.
Her characters are real, with real problems, in real situations. The scenes are so realistic that I can picture myself being part of the story.
And I really appreciate the list included at the beginning of the book in “Who’s Who and What’s What” which includes “Houses, Clans and Tribes”. The Maps section is also a great help and fun.
If you enjoy history and romance, this book is for you!
This is book seven in Once and Future Hearts Series. This is the story of Tegan and Gawain. I have to admit I was a little biased referring Guenivere, she has never been one of my favourite characters, to be honest, but in this one she has redeemed to me ;). What I love the most is that the plot isn't that obvious and that other characters, like Tegan and Gawain, have the weight in the story. I particularly loved the way the author solves the dilemma this couple faces, I think it was very smart and show a really healthy relationship from their part. So, yes, I really liked this one =)
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