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Princess of Bretagne (Curse of the Lost Isle Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Vijaya Schartz
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Book Description

From history shrouded in myths, emerges a family of immortal Celtic Ladies, who roam the medieval world in search of salvation from a curse... but if the Church ever suspects what they really are, they will be hunted, tortured, and burned at the stake.

806 AD - Alba (Ancient Scotland)
As the Vikings raid the coast of Alba, Pressine of Bretagne sets out to seduce King Elinas of Dumfries, chosen by the Goddess to unite the tribes against the foreign invader. Elinas, still mourning his departed queen, has no intention to remarry. Head strong and independent, Pressine does not expect to fall for the very attractive, wise and noble ruler... Furthermore, her Pagan nature clashes with the religious fanaticism of the king’s Christian heir, who suspects her unholy ancestry and will stop at nothing to get rid of her.

Review: The Hope Chest Reviews
Princess of Bretagne is the first book in Vijaya Schartz's new medieval fantasy series, The Curse of the Lost Isle. This book and the series in general is steeped in Celtic history and lore, and also has a basis in Arthurian legends too. Ms. Schartz brings the setting to life with the use of authentic period details regarding warfare and day to day life in a medieval fortress and a Viking camp, some of which can be rather dark and gritty. She also draws on the mythology of the era as the people's beliefs in the gods of old are challenged by the growth and proselytizing of the Christian church. The clashing of these religions poses a dangerous threat to the heroine of the story who is pagan. There is also a political dimension to the story, not only in regards to religion, but also as the tribes of Briton find themselves invaded by Vikings and in growing need of a high king to unite them. . . . Overall, Princess of Bretagne was a solid story that I enjoyed reading. I'm very much looking forward to finding out what's next for Elinas and Pressine when the series continues with the release of Pagan Queen.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 413 KB
  • Print Length: 188 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Books We Love Ltd. (13 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007K1EGAM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #470,840 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Born in France, award-winning author Vijaya Schartz never conformed to anything and could never refuse a challenge. She likes action and exotic settings, in life and on the page. She traveled the world and claims she comes from the future. Her books collected many five star reviews and literary awards. She makes you believe you actually lived these extraordinary adventures among her characters. Her stories have been compared to Indiana Jones with sizzling romance. So, go ahead, dare to experience the magic, and she will keep you entranced, turning the pages until the last line. Find more at

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5.0 out of 5 stars Princess of Bretagne 21 Jun. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed this book as not only did it touch upon the "Ladies of the Lost Isle" but also the Viking religion and how it was so different to the Christian religion that was sweeping across the land. This is a book that seems filled with honesty, as it reflects the conditions of villages and lives that were lead. It appears that research was done and done very well. There is something for most people who enjoyed books based in the past. There is romance, intrigue, battle, magic, honour, joy, hatred and a curse of which can ruin the family down to the 9th generation, so not one to be taken lightly!

This book was a Kindle Freebie but I shall be looking out for the second in this series to continue my journey onwards.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Princess of Bretagne-Medieval and Mystical Adventures 15 April 2012
By Nancy Gilliland - Published on
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Mystical and at times harsh, Princess of Bretagne is faithful to the history and customs of the time it is set it. The characters are all well written and they show a measure of growth and maturity as the story progresses. I felt that Ms Schartz took me back in time, to experience the Viking invasions and the harsh and violent times of this medieval period. The dialog was well done, and I was happy to see that Ms Schartz did not fall back on the device of everyone being able to speak some common language, and letting people learn more about each other's culture, bit by bit. I also liked that she didn't sugarcoat conditions in the towns and villages, showing the hard lives many lived. This first book in Ms Schartz's new series is well worth the time and I was lost in the past and the lives of the characters in this book. I look forward to more of Pressine's story in the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Made Me Feel Like I Was There! 11 April 2012
By Vampwriter - Published on
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An excellent story with clear descriptions of the manners, dress, customs and everything else that existed in the time of Viking Raids in Europe. There is plenty of action, romance, magic, and a wonderfully kind Princess sent by the leader of her religion to find and wed an honorable king and help him deal with the Viking curse; all this keeps things interesting! The story is very well researched, with a follow-on book to be available. If you like stories set in the Middle Ages, you'll love this one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Put it Down 22 May 2012
By Kathy Fischer Brown - Published on
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If you like your medieval romances spiced with a little sword and sorcery, you'll love Vijaya Schartz's "Princess of Bretagne." Set in the dark ages as Christianity spreads across Europe in conflict with the old ways and Vikings raid the coasts, the book is in ways reminiscent of Marion Zimmer Bradley's "The Mists of Avalon" with its Lost Isle and women of mystery and power. Well written and factual, the book weaves history with fantasy and magic into a story that I could not put down. Schartz's characters are well drawn and complex, a splendid cast of heroes and villains. And it ends on a note of uncertainty that had me eagerly awaiting its continuation in the next in the series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A wide-ranging, well-written medieval tale 24 Feb. 2013
By J.E.H. - Published on
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Vijaya Schartz has captured the setting, intrigue, and violence of the time period. A touch of love, friendships, loyalty, and little bit of magic round out this story to take the reader on a wonderful journey.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful medieval romance 16 Feb. 2013
By S.A. Martin - Published on
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Well-written and researched, Vijaya Schartz's "Princess of Bretagne' is a joy to read. Alsthough it is a fantasy, Ms. Schartz deftly weaves in historical aspects and customs of those times. One overriding theme is the clash between paganism and early Christianity during the Dark Ages.

Pressine is an admirable heroine, beautiful, compassionate, and prescient. After she leaves the Lost Isle, she finds roadblocks and enemies in her new life. How she handles these troubles in her search for happiness makes for a worthwhile and entertaining read.
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