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Yseult: A Tale of Love in the Age of King Arthur (The Pendragon Chronicles Book 1) (English Edition)
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Yseult: A Tale of Love in the Age of King Arthur (The Pendragon Chronicles Book 1) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Ruth Nestvold

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"Once upon a time beyond history, in an age almost beyond imagination, there was a girl as fair as the moon, sitting on a horse and watching a fire. The bonfire is a part of history, but the princess is a part of legend.
"Tristan and Isot, Tristram and Isolde, Essyllt and Drust, Yseult and Drystan: the spellings have changed, but they have always been lovers - the greatest lovers the world has ever known. Most accounts of their story have begun with the man.
"This one begins with the woman."

For the price of a truce, Yseult is sent to a world where magic is dying - to marry the father of the man she loves.

Marcus's son Drystan would have saved her from a loveless marriage, but with her relatives being held hostage, Yseult cannot endanger them and must go through with the wedding. The tragic love story of Yseult and Drystan plays out against the backdrop of a violent world threatening to descend into the Dark Ages - only Arthur's battles to push back the Saxon hordes can save what is left of civilization. With her background, Yseult could act as a bridge between the old age and the new - but will the price be too high?

YSEULT - a #1 bestseller in Arthurian Fantasy on Amazon! A top fantasy novel.

Praise for Ruth Nestvold:

"... an excellent up-and-comer."

- Cory Doctorow at Boing Boing

"The book is so rich that it is impossible to recount every nuance, every emotion transmitted, each of the author's choices to depart from tradition or adopt unfamiliar elements, while manipulating them in favor of the economy of the narration... It tells the story of war with rawness and realism, love with feeling and sensuality, magic with naturalness and enchantment... Ruth Nestvold truly has my gratitude and commendation for managing to rewrite and re-invent this story of love and war so masterfully, creating one of the most beautiful books I have ever read."

- Review of the Italian translation of Yseult by Valentina Coluccelli

About the author:

Ruth Nestvold’s fiction has appeared in numerous markets, including Asimov’s, F&SF, Baen’s Universe, Strange Horizons, Realms of Fantasy, and Gardner Dozois’s Year’s Best Science Fiction. Her short stories have been nominated for the Nebula, Tiptree, and Sturgeon Awards. In 2007, the Italian translation of her novella “Looking Through Lace” won the “Premio Italia” award for best international work. Her novel Yseult first appeared in translation as Flamme und Harfe with Random House Germany in 2009 and has since been translated into Dutch and Italian. She maintains a web site at and blogs at

Biographie de l'auteur

Ruth Nestvold has published widely in science fiction and fantasy, her fiction appearing in such markets as Asimov's, F&SF, Realms of Fantasy, and Gardner Dozois's Year's Best Science Fiction. Her work has been nominated for the Nebula, Tiptree, and Sturgeon Awards. In 2007, the Italian translation of her novella "Looking Through Lace" won the "Premio Italia" award for best international work. Since 2012, she's been concentrating her efforts on self-publishing rather than traditional publishing, although she does still occasionally sell a story the old-fashioned way. She maintains a web site at and blogs at

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Post-Roman Brittania battles and kings 7 janvier 2012
Par kbirdlincoln - Publié sur
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(For transparency's sake, I should mention that the author and I belong to the same online writer's community.)

The key to Yseult is knowing what you're getting yourself into.

This book is very heavy on the history. If you are interested in the British Isles/Ireland of King Arthur's time, then you will indeed enjoy this book. Or if you enjoy books that delve into Kings and wars and political maneuvering, you will also enjoy this book.

It's got quite a lot of historical cast of characters mucking about with swords in historically-accurate sounding locations and ladies using mugwort, marigold, and comfrey to heal and detailed descriptions of Bretain, Eraiin, and Saxon Kings and generals fighting battles and raiding coast against a backdrop of Post-Roman colonnization of the British Isles.

As well as some authentic-sounding religious portrayals of St Patrick and the pagan religion of those times. (which I enjoyed. This Patraic is very believable as a Christian in the middle of a Pagan land trying to prove his God is the only God, while dealing fairly with the tension between Brehon law and Christian morality. I liked how possible the magic element of this book was portrayed. Yseult is of the Feadh Ree, a race in ancient Ireland who have 3 powers: the power of knowing, the power of calling, and the power of changing. The first two powers are always used in the book in such a way that they could be just force of personality and coincidence..while the third one is slightly more magical.

I also enjoyed meeting well-known characters and trying to guess where they fit into the Arthur mythology in general. We meet Mordrun and Myrrdin in this story, thought they play no big part.

On the other hand, if you're looking for romance, this book is probably not so much for you. Don't get me wrong, in the middle of the political maneuvering is some romantic maneuvering between Drystan and Yseult as they contrive ways to be together despite their social circumstances driving them apart. And there are certainly two or three very steamy scenes (my 10 year old daughter won't be reading this one quite yet) but it is easy to lose their thread of romance in the overall fabric of the story.

This Book's Snack Rating: Buffalo Wing Blue Cheese Kettle Chips, because of the intense historical flavor. If you like Buffalo and Blue Cheese, you'll love it, but if you don't care for Blue cheese, I don't recommend opening the bag.
19 internautes sur 20 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Not just a romance! 16 février 2012
Par Kriti Godey - Publié sur
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I won an ebook of Yseult: A Tale of Love in the Age of King Arthur in the LibraryThing member giveaway a couple of weeks ago. I opened up Yseult to flip through it and see what kind of a book it was. I'm usually not the biggest fan of romance, even though I love fantasy and historical books, so I wasn't really expecting to get sucked into this book like I was. I started reading, and couldn't stop.

Yseult is a retelling/interpretation/whatever-you-want-to-call-it of the classic Tristan and Isolde story. I was vaguely familiar with the story ("basically Romeo and Juliet"), but only to the extent that I recognise some characters and plot elements. I didn't even know that Tristan was one of Arthur's knights

The book is much more than a love story. It is truly an epic, exploring the conflicts between paganism and Christianity, political maneuvering between the various kings of Britain and Ireland, the wars between themselves and with the Saxons, and a lot more. It reminded me a bit of The Mists of Avalon, although Yseult was much more fun to read.

Anyway, onto an actual description of the book. Yseult the Fair is an Irish ("Erainn") princess descended from the Feadh Ree, the original race of Ireland. She grows up in a time where Christianity is trying to make inroads into Ireland, and has already taken over much of Britain. The Feadh Ree, who were once universally respected, are even being attacked by some Gaul kings. War is everywhere, and any available peace seems to be temporary. Yseult tries to make the best of her situation, defending her home when necessary. Along the way, she meets Drystan, and falls in love with him. However, for political and personal reasons, she agrees to be married to his father Marcus, one of the Kings of Dummonia. She can never forget Drystan though, and he cannot forget her, either.

Both Yseult and Drystan are well-rounded and utterly likeable characters. I couldn't help but root for them, even as they spiraled into the unavoidable tragedy that is their story, and made decisions that I knew were going to end badly. I never doubted the intensity of their love, even though I(and they) recognised that it was a terrible idea. I'm generally pretty unromantic, and even I felt this way.

But as I said above, Yseult isn't just a love story. It's the story of Yseult the Fair, which includes a love story, but also includes all the stories of all the other people in her and Drystan's life - an amazing supporting cast, including Arthur and a few people associated with his story, Patriac (who I didn't realise was St. Patrick until I read another review of this book), Yseult the Wise, Cador, and of course, Kurvenal and Brangwyn. All of them change and grow extremely believably. The religious conflicts are very well-portrayed and almost unbiased, demonstrating the inevitability of change and the futility of fighting against it. It was also very interesting to read about the political side of things, shifting loyalties, values or lack thereof and the kinds of risks taken. Yseult also sounds pretty historically accurate, and it was pretty fun to read about fifth century British and Irish civilisation and traditions.

Oh, and why is this a fantasy, and not just historical? The Feadh Ree and their descendants have one or more of three magical powers, the power of knowing, the power of calling, and the power of changing. These magical abilities do not dictate the course of the story, they just help enhance it.

I urge you to read this! The author says that she has plans to release this book in paperback, and I'm definitely going to buy myself a copy when she does.
17 internautes sur 18 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Epic story for Arthur Legend Fans 10 janvier 2012
Par Derek Murphy - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Yseult is an expansive story of star-crossed lovers responsibly dealing with their various obligations; what starts as an intriguing romance continues into a detailed account of battles and military strategy. It's a very well-researched book, full of historical data, and offers a new glimpse of famous literary/historical figures surrounding the times of King Arthur. The main characters are both excellent and unique personalities. Altogether very well done and enjoyable, reminded me a bit of "Mists of Avalon".
10 internautes sur 13 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
2.0 étoiles sur 5 Yseult 24 février 2012
Par Mary E. Young - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle
This book presents the love story of Tristan and Isolde. I have to admit that I found myself a bit bored with the book. It used a lot of flowery language but seemed to take forever to get anywhere. There was a lot of history thrown in, which I typically enjoy. But I found that the author went out of her way to use old fashioned spellings, which was extremely distracting. Overall, I could not get into the book.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good story 13 mai 2013
Par mel_rose - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Even though I knew the historical story lines of both Tristan and Isolde and Arthur, I enjoyed this telling of the tales. Some readers have complained about the use of the old language, but that was part of what I enjoyed. Gaelic is a wonderful way to add depth and mystery. The characters were well developed and I cared what happened to them, even though I knew the inevitable outcome. The visuals were excellent and historical characters and places were blended well with the fictional parts. For those who need simple phrases and words (grow up and learn to read) this isn't for you, but if you're an adventurous reader who likes to submerge yourself in the language and era, it's a fun ride.
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