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The Du Lac Chronicles: Book 1 by [Yarde, Mary Anne]
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4.7 out of 5 stars 50 customer reviews
Book 1 of 2 in The Du Lac Chronicles (2 Book Series)

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About the Author

Mary Anne Yarde is the Award Winning author of the International Best Selling Series — The Du Lac Chronicles. Set a generation after the fall of King Arthur, The Du Lac Chronicles takes you on a journey through Dark Age Briton and Brittany, where you will meet new friends and terrifying foes. Based on legends and historical fact, The Du Lac Chronicles is a series not to be missed.

Born in Bath, England, Mary Anne Yarde grew up in the southwest of England, surrounded and influenced by centuries of history and mythology. Glastonbury--the fabled Isle of Avalon--was a mere fifteen-minute drive from her home, and tales of King Arthur and his knights were part of her childhood.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2815 KB
  • Print Length: 319 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1519224435
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01CDK2MK0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 50 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #222,940 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.
Mary Anne Yarde has a way with words, she has an authenticity about her descriptions, and has the ability to weave a plot to hold our attention. Her interest in this period of historical fact fused with legend is well explored through the love and relationship between Alden and Annis, through the rivalry of the brothers Budic, Merton and Alden.
I was particularly interested that Cornouaille was controlled by King Budic and Cameliard has links with Cornwall which happens to be my adopted home.
I highly recommend this book.
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It was a refreshing change for me to read a historical romantic fiction book after reading back to back gritty crime thrillers over the past few months, especially a book so well written and involving. Set in the Dark Ages, it follows the threatened, challenging lives of lovers Annis of Wessex, estranged daughter of the brutal King of Wessex and Alden du Lac, son of Launcelot. Their love story is enchanting and by no means straightforward. There’s a whiff of Arthurian legend throughout, and the couple’s story is both romantic, without being mawkish, and exciting; their lives are often in peril. The author has a pleasingly controlled style of writing and the text is easy to read, despite the story being set so long ago. I will read the other books in this historical romance series, as I need to discover what happens next to young Annis and Alden.
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Freeing the man of her dreams from her father's cruel and torturous hand Annis turns against everything her father would have wanted. But why should she care? He never wanted a daughter, and the former king Alden had long been in her thoughts. Forced to flee after being discovered nursing her father's enemy by her mother, she flees, taking the injured Alden with him, leaving behind all she has known and the threat of a hate filled marriage to a man whose wives keep dying.

Ripe with action, betrayal as well as the charm and horrors of a war torn Britain with an attention to historical detail which only serve to enhance the story. The author's voice is engaging drawing you into Annis and Alden's plight as they try to discover who can be trusted. A fun and enjoyable read.
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King Arthur (Pendragon) is long gone and Briton is shattered into warring kingdoms. King Cerdic of Wessex is determined to be high king of all kingdoms. He’s just defeated King Alden of Cerniw, son of Lancelot, and whipped him within an inch of his life. Death can’t come quick enough for Alden but then an angel rescues him on the eve of his execution.

Annis can’t stand by and watch her father butcher the man she’s loved for years. She sacrifices everything she’s ever known to save a man who doesn’t care about her. Or does he?

The two flee in secret and what happens next is a journey of discovering who to trust, who to love and what happens when you give your heart to your enemy. When they make their plea to Budic, the King of Brittany, will Budic turn them away or will they stand together against the enemy, Lord Cerdic of Wessex?

Set in the harsh landscape of 5th century Briton, The Du Lac Chronicles, Book 1 is one of the best Medieval books I’ve had the pleasure to read since The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley. I was captivated from the first page until the very last. I was saddened when it ended. Annis and Alden became a part of me and in all honesty, I dreamed about the book twice. I was swept up in their struggles to escape death, their attraction to one another and the harsh realities of what their future will be.

Mary Anne paints a clear picture of life in war-torn Briton and the historical accuracy only made it more real for me. Everything from the dress worn by the characters to the dialogue to the portrayal of real historical figures to the harshness of life made this book shine. The grief and guilt Alden feels for losing his kingdom tugged at my heart.
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I was shocked to realise The Du Lac Chronicles has a recommend reading age of 14+. As an avid historical fiction reader this title can easily cross many categories.

It was a breath of fresh air to read a book without errors and the organisation and formatting is to a high standard. I did become a little confused where the 'old' English drifted into the narrative....He knew not where he was... but I was so fixated to the story I didn't notice.

Character development is complex, each character had their own flaws, secondary characters are also memorable. I thought at 319 pages it would be a slow lengthy read. I was quite wrong, it is fast paced and compulsive reading.

All in all, a great first from Mary Yarde and a fantastic start to what will be a great series.
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The Du Lac Chronicles, Book 1 is a unique Historical Fiction /Fantasy /YA/Teen/Myths /Legends with a mix of Romance. Based on Arthurian Legend. Set during 5th Century, AD 495 Wessex, Briton. A trilogy.

A fantastic Historical Fiction with so many facets interwoven into the story. The characters are endearing and complex, as well as, the storyline.

Alden Du Lac, once King of Cerniw, who loses everything, his kingdom, his people, his country and captured by an enemy, he didn't see coming. They were supposed to be allies. He is tortured, beaten, whipped, sentence to death, and left hanging on a whipping post, bloodied and weakened.
Annis, only daughter of the Saxon King Cervix of Wessex, a cruel and brutal father, King and man. He was also supposed to be Alden's ally, but he betrayed him, razed his Kingdom, and either killed or scattered his people.

Annis, defies her father, her King and her country to save Alden, the man she has loved from afar. Alden and Annis are on the run for their lives, hunted, betrayed but also find passion and love, along the way.
Steeped with treachery, betrayal, challenges, a father's cruelty, secrets, conflicts, lies, deception, adversity, danger and so much more.

The resilience of Annis and Alden is simply captivating and mesmerizing!
Alden is presumed dead by some, his youngest brother missing, and it is hard to tell who is foe or friend.

An epic love story that will hold the reader in awe from the first page to the last and beyond. With political and court intrigue, bravery, honor, and love, it is simply hard to turn away from this fast paced, dangerous and magnificent treasure. Insufferable adversaries lurks, and dangers on every horizon for Alden and Annis.
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