Sunday, January 9, 2022

Review: Twilight of Avalon by Anna Elliott


My rating: 5 of 5 stars


She is a healer, a storyteller, a warrior, and a queen without a throne. In the shadow of King Arthur's Britain, one woman knows the truth that could save a kingdom from the hands of a tyrant...

Ancient grudges, old wounds, and the quest for power rule in the newly widowed Queen Isolde's court. Hardly a generation after the downfall of Camelot, Isolde grieves for her slain husband, King Constantine, a man she secretly knows to have been murdered by the scheming Lord Marche -- the man who has just assumed his title as High King. Though her skills as a healer are renowned throughout the kingdom, in the wake of Con's death, accusations of witchcraft and sorcery threaten her freedom and her ability to bring Marche to justice. Burdened by their suspicion and her own grief, Isolde must conquer the court's distrust and superstition to protect her throne and the future of Britain.

One of her few allies is Trystan, a prisoner with a lonely and troubled past. Neither Saxon nor Briton, he is unmoved by the political scheming, rumors, and accusations swirling around the fair queen. Together they escape, and as their companionship turns from friendship to love, they must find a way to prove what they know to be true -- that Marche's deceptions threaten not only their lives but the sovereignty of the British kingdom.

In Twilight of Avalon, Anna Elliott returns to the roots of the legend of Trystan and Isolde to shape a very different story -- one based in the earliest written versions of the Arthurian tales -- a captivating epic brimming with historic authenticity, sweeping romance, and the powerful magic of legend.

My Review: 

Twilight of Avalon is a wonderful start to Anna Elliott’s Twilight of Avalon series. I have read and enjoyed previous books by this author in the past and I believe this one is probably my favorite to date. I loved going back in time to the magical place of King Arthur’s rule over Britain. I was fascinated by this retelling of the Trystan and Isolde story. It is full of romance, adventure and mystery. I just could not put it down. I loved it.

I am giving Twilight of Avalon five stars. I recommend it for readers who enjoy reading historical fiction. I am looking forward to reading the next installment from the Twilight of Avalon series, Dark Moon of Avalon.

I received a paperback copy of Twilight of Avalon from the author, but was not required to write a positive review. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion.

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