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Cold My Heart: A Novel of King Arthur [Kindle Edition]

Sarah Woodbury
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A tale of timeless love, heroic courage . . . and a race to change the course of destiny itself. I couldn’t put it down. This is King Arthur as you’ve never seen him before. –Anna Elliott, author of the Twilight of Avalon trilogy.

By the autumn of 537 AD, all who are loyal to King Arthur have retreated to a small parcel of land in north Wales. They are surrounded on all sides, heavily outnumbered, and facing near certain defeat.

But Myrddin and Nell, two of the King’s companions, have a secret that neither has ever been able to face: each has seen that on a cold and snowy day in December, Saxon soldiers sent by Modred will ambush and kill King Arthur.

And together, they must decide what they are willing to do, and to sacrifice, to avert that fate.

About the Author

With two historian parents, Sarah couldn’t help but develop an interest in the past. She went on to get more than enough education herself (in anthropology) and began writing fiction when the stories in her head overflowed and demanded she let them out. While her ancestry is Welsh, she only visited Wales for the first time while in college. She has been in love with the country, language, and people ever since. She even convinced her husband to give all four of their children Welsh names. She makes her home in Oregon.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 435 KB
  • Print Length: 355 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: The Morgan-Stanwood Publishing Group (10 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004W0C890
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #46,148 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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With two historian parents, Sarah couldn't help but develop an interest in the past. She went on to get more than enough education herself (in anthropology) and began writing fiction when the stories in her head overflowed and demanded she let them out. While her ancestry is Welsh, she only visited Wales for the first time while in college. She has been in love with the country, language, and people ever since. She even convinced her husband to give all four of their children Welsh names.

With over 300,000 books sold, Sarah is the author of 16 novels and 2 novellas, all set in medieval Wales. She is currently working on the next novel in the After Cilmeri series.

She makes her home in Oregon.

Please follow her online at www.sarahwoodbury.com or https://www.facebook.com/sarahwoodburybooks

Sarah's books include:

The After Cilmeri Series:
Daughter of Time (prequel)
Footsteps in Time (Book 1)
Winds of Time (novella)
Prince of Time (Book 2)
Crossroads in Time (Book 3)
Children of Time (Book 4)
Exiles in Time
Castaways in Time
Ashes of Time

The Gareth and Gwen Medieval Mysteries:
The Bard's Daughter (novella)
The Good Knight
The Uninvited Guest
The Fourth Horseman
The Fallen Princess
The Unlikely Spy

Arthurian and Paranormal Historical Fantasy:
Cold My Heart: A Novel of King Arthur
The Last Pendragon
The Pendragon's Quest

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BOOK REVIEW 28 Nov 2011
By kergra
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King Arthur comes to life in this wonderfully authentic tale based entirely on Welsh mythology rather than the Anglo-French versions made fashionable by the needs of writers who lived years later, or by romance writers who follow this lead.
Arthur is under threat from a superior army of Saxons led by Mordred. The story builds around Myrddin, a knight, and Nell a nun, both dedicated to saving Arthur, and both able to foresee danger to him.
The story has a magical feel, but doesn't dwell upon sentiment; its characters having a life of their own. It conveys a true feeling for Wales in the fifth and sixth centuries through warring factions seeking the approval of the High Church.
This is a thoroughly enjoyable read, with a thought provoking postscript.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Reasonable Read 30 Oct 2013
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I have read many of Sarah Woodburys novels, this was more irritating than I would have expected from her. Too many Americanisms, the intrusion of words like Fall for Autumn as an example. I enjoyed the basic story, just as not as much as normal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read 4 Sep 2013
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I reay enjoyed this book, it was easy to read and I would like to read more about the main characters perhaps their early life.i became absorbed in the book and was disappointed when it finished.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup of tea 12 July 2013
By sussed
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Didn't enjoy this at all - gave up before the end - it seemed empty to me I couldn't get into it.
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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars  38 reviews
26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars She had me at "Myrddin" 3 May 2011
By Deb Nam-Krane - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
One of my favorite books as a child was The Crystal Cave : Book One of the Arthurian Saga (The Arthurian Saga, Book 1), and I still fondly remember young Myrddin Emrys. I smiled when I saw that was the name of one of the main characters.

The other thing that made me smile was that this is a story for adults with adult heroes. Nell is- gasp!- all of 30 and Myrddin is 36. Of course that's not old at all, but refreshing in a market where so many stories are targeted to young adults, even Arthurian stories.

While sex- and rape- are referenced here, it is not depicted; this has no graphic or explicit sexual content. However, violence and death do come up several times in a realistic way. It is not gory, but it is unsentimental. Again, an adult story for adults.

"The sight" plays a big role in this story, and I would be disappointed if it didn't. Throughout the book, the characters- and the readers- constantly grapple with how much of the future can be changed. I think the reader will be satisfied with what the characters find.

I devoured this story and grew attached to the characters. I sincerely hope the author writes a sequel- I'd like to find out what else happens to Nell and Myrddin.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous and Unique King Arthur story 25 April 2011
By Pamela222 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I absolutely loved this unique and very different version of the King Arthur legend. The story is told through the eyes of Myrddin, one of Arthur's knights, and Nell, a young former nun. Both share visions of Arthur's coming death at the battle of Camlann, and unite in a race to change Arthur's destiny and the future of Britain. The story is fast-paced and yet beautifully told, the growing romance between Myrddin and Nell is compelling, and the history of a dark and brutal--and yet heroic--time leaps from the page. Highly recommended.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining trip into Arthurian Wales 25 Aug 2011
By Melinda O - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I didn't want to like this book. It was sitting in my backlog of Kindle free books, and I only reluctantly started it because I was running out of reading material on vacation. I was certain it would be just another book about King Arthur. I was pleasantly surprised when it proved me wrong.

While the Arthurian court provides a backdrop and characters to flesh out this story, the plot is centered around two original characters who are a delight to read about. There is nothing very romantic about this world: there is a war going on, and people are dying, being tortured. However, the book portrays the violence of the time without resorting to graphic depictions of battle.

I would definitely recommend this book. With a rich world, round and dynamic characters, and an interesting plot, the book definitely keeps you entertained until the very end.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cold My Heart warmed my heart. 3 Feb 2012
By The Book Keeper - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoy fictionalized history, and tales of King Arthur and Merlin are among my favorites. When I find a new version of the old legend, I am gratified that yet another author managed to come up with a new slant. Because it is a legend and nobody knows if Arthur actually existed, or his story is loosely based on that of some tribal chieftain in medieval times, these tales can be wonderfully woven. Sarah Woodbury's Cold My Heart is beautifully written, enthralling, realistic, exciting and haunting.

In this version, Myrddin (Merlin?) is a lowly knight that has experienced prophetic dreams all of his life. He meets Nell, a nun and only survivor of the rape of her order. Nell has the same prophetic dream. After they eventually share their secret, they race across the country and race against time to save Arthur from the death they have both seen. Their growing romance captivated me.

All the characters of Arthurian legend are here, but not in roles you expect to see them. The background gives one a sense of gritty reality. Woodbury has taken a few minor liberties with history but points them out at the end of the book, and for me, they enhanced the reading experience.

And excellent novel. Highly recommended.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not really about Arthur 8 April 2013
By V. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm a bit of a King Arthur junkie so I'm always interested in new takes on the story. In this book Arthur is really a minor character. Instead the main characters are one of Arthur's knights and an ex-nun. Both of them have had dreams of Arthur's death, which is coming up within a month of when the story starts (perhaps unbelievably, this dream is shared by a couple of others. Apparently half of Arthur's entourage has the sight and dreams of Arthur's death. ) Both of the main characters are likable and interesting, and I would enjoy reading more about them. The plot was fairly predictable, though.
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