Wow … this is a fantastic story. The author takes us straight into the heart of Arthurian Britannia with a tale that gives us the origins of the story of Merlin…Fantastically written and filled with tension.
Love, love, love this book! I am amazed at how well Tracy Cooper-Posey has constructed this story to introduce us to Merlin, King Arthur’s magician, through characters surrounding his beginnings.
It takes me back to the magic I felt when reading Mary Stewart’s stories of Merlin. Tracy Cooper-Posey has written another winner!
I was absolutely surprised by how the events unfurled, and if only for that you should read it. I just can’t wait for the next one.
As a long time, self proclaimed Arthurian Legend junkie I couldn’t wait to dive into Tracy Cooper Posey’s new series. Tracy once again proves to be a master story teller as she weaves the delicate threads of this beloved legend into her own.
I love how the legends and historical factual ‘bits’ are interwoven in the story.
Oh my goodness. Of course I was not sure what to expect with this but what I got was a wonderful story set in the time just before King Arthur. Invading Saxons, Romans, Kings, princesses, mysteries, Merlin, and romance? Wonderful beginning to a new series and I cannot wait to read more.
Just loved the book – Tracy always manages to develop great story lines that keep you hooked until the end (thanks for the late night Tracy!).
I also love the fact that her female characters are definitely not boring, whiny or TSTL.
Tracy Cooper Posey is brilliant at weaving stories with individuals that are completely believable in their thoughts and dialogue.
A LEGEND BEGINS…
Can love triumph despite duty?
Lynette, companion to Princess Vivian, has learned to trust the princess’ visions and so, guards the dark and powerful secret of the man in the cave.
Cadfael the Black, battle commander to High King Vortigern, lives only to kill Saxons, to avenge the brutal murder of his family at their hands. At the court of King Gwilym, the very heart of Roman Britain, he meets the beautiful Lynette, a woman who could thaw his frozen heart.
When duty thrusts them together, Lynette’s secret clashes with Cadfael’s suspicious nature and threatens to tear them and the entire kingdom asunder. But, Lynette must keep her secret at all costs to protect Princess Vivian’s unborn child. A child who would become known as…
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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What an exciting start to this historical series with interesting characters and situations that are authentic to the challenges for men and women of these times!!
I loved the setting of this story and the succinct writing style which carried me through what I had thought would be a weighty novel. I have no particular interest in the historical characters of myth and legend who are woven into this story but I loved that the story was told from personal viewpoints and kept interesting by its fast-moving action and intrigue.
Tracy Cooper-Posey tells a rich and complex story with hints of political intrigue and interesting characters who are very much a product of their time. What I really appreciate about Cooper-Posey’s writing is that while the story and characters are complex I never got bored by expansive historical facts and background, it was all relevant, brief and interesting.
I had meant to just read the first chapter but hours later, in the early hours of the morning no less, I found that I had demolished the whole book!!
I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series and I now know not to start one of these books too late at night!!
Captivating story of early times where alliances and battles are the rule. Where women are second-class citizens, not taught to read or write, yet may hold power by the fact they go unnoticed. The focus of our story is Lynette, companion to Princess Vivian who has the “sight” to predict future events. When Vivian insists on assisting a bedraggled man at her own peril, Lynette is loyal and follows her mistress.
When warrior Cadfael the Black become suspicious of their activities Lynette must distract him. Her study of the man shows her to earn his trust by being straightforward rather than attempting seduction. The sights and sounds of medieval times come alive in this compelling read!!
The legend of King Arthur has been portrayed in many forms, television, movies, books? But where did it all begin? Set in the time when the Romans have left Britain and the Saxons are roaming the land burning snd and pillaging as they go. Where trusting the wrong person could have dire consequences, for our herione the Lady Lynette this is all to real. Trusted and favoured companion to the Princess Vivian, Lynette has to trust that Vivian's gift of the 'sight' is not going to get them killed. Cadfael High King Vortigerns Battle Commander is in a predicament, hes spent his life killing Saxons in retribution for the slaughter of his family. Not all is as it seems though, Cadfael has been deceived by someone he trusts He is suspicious of Lynette and Vivian, knows they have a secret but finding out what that secret is proves difficult especially when the beautiful Lynette distracts him. Who is the man in the cave? What part does he play in in their lives? What is the other secret that Vivian and Lynette will protect with their lives? This is a fantastic start to the new series. I cannot wait until the next one is released
Loved this book!! It is a great start of a new series. The characters meshed so well together and the story line just hooked me from the start. I can't wait for the next book and to delve deeper into this great story.
Great book! This is a new storyline with the same great Tracy Cooper-Posey feel. It flows nicely and has great characters and interesting settings. I love how the legends and historical factual ‘bits’ are interwoven in the story. I am really looking forward to the rest of the series.
As soon as Emrys was mentioned I was hooked. Chapter 7 was a shocker, but I've learned with all of Tracy's books a shock can come out of nowhere & make the story.
This was a learning curve on top of the history I already knew. Cadfael a soldier who lost a lot, was about to try again, with the trust & love of Lynette. Love & trust won through in this brilliant historical read which had its historical values too.