Anna Elliott's new novel, DARK MOON OF AVALON (Touchstone, September 2010) is the second volume in the author's TWILIGHT OF AVALON trilogy, a blend of legend and historical truth set in sixth century Britain. This second volume retells one of the most familiar and beloved tales within Arthurian legend: the unforgettable love story of Trystan and Isolde, who embark on a dangerous quest to rally support for one king and prevent a tyrannical lord from usurping the British throne. From the back cover:
She is a healer, a storyteller, and a warrior. She has fought to preserve Britain's throne. Now she faces her greatest challenge in turning bitter enemies into allies, saving the life of the man she loves...and mending her own wounded heart.
The young former High Queen, Isolde, and her friend and protector, Trystan, are reunited in a new and dangerous quest to keep the usurper, Lord Marche, and his Saxon allies from the throne of Britain. Using Isolde's cunning wit and talent for healing and Trystan's strength and bravery, they must act as diplomats, persuading the rulers of the smaller kingdoms, from Ireland to Cornwall, that their allegiance to the High King is needed to keep Britain from a despot's hands.
Their admissions of love hang in the air, but neither wants to put the other at risk by openly declaring a deeper alliance. When their situation is at its most desperate, Trystan and Isolde must finally confront their true feelings toward each other, in time for abattle that will test the strength of their will and their love.
Steeped in the magic and lore of Arthurian legend, Elliott paints a moving portrait of a timeless romance, fraught with danger, yet with the power to inspire heroism and transcend even the darkest age.
The first two volumes of the trilogy, TWILIGHT OF AVALON and DARK MOON OF AVALON, are both available on-line and in bookstores everywhere. I'll be posting my own review as soon as I've finished reading. You can learn more about Elliott's Arthurian world at Anna's website.
Be sure to return tomorrow for a guest post by Anna Elliott and a giveaway of the first two volumes!