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Yseult. A Tale of Love in the Age of King Arthur Ruth Nestvold

Yseult. A Tale of Love in the Age of King Arthur

Ruth Nestvold

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Once upon a time beyond history, in an age almost beyond imagination, there was a girl as fair as the moon, sitting on a horse and watching a fire. The bonfire is a part of history, but the princess is a part of legend.Tristan and Isot, TristramMoreOnce upon a time beyond history, in an age almost beyond imagination, there was a girl as fair as the moon, sitting on a horse and watching a fire. The bonfire is a part of history, but the princess is a part of legend.Tristan and Isot, Tristram and Isolde, Essyllt and Drust, Yseult and Drystan: the spellings have changed, but they have always been lovers - the greatest lovers the world has ever known. Most accounts of their story have begun with the man.This one begins with the woman.- From YSEULTFor the price of a truce, Yseult is sent to a world where magic is dying - to marry the father of the man she loves.Marcuss son Drystan would have saved her from a loveless marriage, but with her relatives being held hostage, Yseult cannot endanger them and must go through with the wedding. The tragic love story of Yseult and Drystan plays out against the backdrop of a violent world threatening to descend into the Dark Ages - only Arthurs battles to push back the Saxon hordes can save what is left of civilization. With her background, Yseult could act as a bridge between the old age and the new - but will the price be too high?Praise for Ruth Nestvold:... an excellent up-and-comer.- Cory Doctorow at Boing BoingThe book is so rich that it is impossible to recount every nuance, every emotion transmitted, each of the authors choices to depart from tradition or adopt unfamiliar elements, while manipulating them in favor of the economy of the narration... It tells the story of war with rawness and realism, love with feeling and sensuality, magic with naturalness and enchantment... Ruth Nestvold truly has my gratitude and commendation for managing to rewrite and re-invent this story of love and war so masterfully, creating one of the most beautiful books I have ever read.- Review of the Italian translation of Yseult by Valentina Coluccelli