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An engrossing tragic love story!
on 10 January 2016
I have to be honest. I was not very familiar with the tragic love story of Yseult and Tristan when I picked up Yseult, which is book one in Ruth Nestvold’s The Pendragon Chronicles. However, as I started reading the five hundred-pages plus re-imagining of the Arthurian legend, I found myself engrossed in the story.
Even if you aren’t into stories set in “Dark Age” history, and Irish lore, you will still find Yseult enjoyable. Author Ruth Nestvold does an amazing job detailing the history of the time she explores and introducing her characters to the readers. Some of you might feel a bit confused at first with all the unfamiliar names and Gaelic that’s in the book, because I know I was. However, there’s a glossary at the end for you to go over, and it makes things easier.
Not only that, there are three characters named Yseult. This might throw you a bit off track if you aren’t focusing on the story and know which Yseult the author is talking about.
While there’s a lot of political maneuvering going on in the book, and the old age clashes with the new, the major focus is the love affair between Yseult and Tristan (or Drystan in this book). Our heroine, Yseult, has to marry the father of her lover. And things get complicated for the two love birds because they refuse to stop having a relationship with each other even after Yseult’s marriage. There are instances where they try to stop, but they always rekindle their passion for each other. Considering the tone of the book, you know things are going to end badly for them.
It was fun reading Ruth Nestvold’s take on the two lovers as they tried to be together in circumstances that were against their joining for good. It is near the end of the book that things diverted from the story I was familiar with. I actually found the changes to be enjoyable, because it made room for a sequel.