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In the tradition of beloved storytellers such as Morgan Llywelyn, Mary Renault and Mary Stewart comes a stunning new voice in historical fiction. With her enthralling debut novel, Kate Hawks weaves together cherished myth and true history to restore to vivid life an ancient Celtic legend of love and loss, honor and betrayal.The Lovers When a stroke of ill-fortune causes Deig In the tradition of beloved storytellers such as Morgan Llywelyn, Mary Renault and Mary Stewart comes a stunning new voice in historical fiction. With her enthralling debut novel, Kate Hawks weaves together cherished myth and true history to restore to vivid life an ancient Celtic legend of love and loss, honor and betrayal.The Lovers When a stroke of ill-fortune causes Deigh mac Diarmuid and his wife Ehne into exile, prospects look bleak for the humble Irish peasants. But the young man's uncanny ability with horses ensures him a position as stablemaster for Lord Trystan, across the sea in Britain. It is there that they will find a new life as Lord Gareth and Lady Rhian. Serving first as Trystan's servant, then his equal, Gareth joins Arthur's court, rides with the king's cavalry against the Saxons, and comes to be Trystan's truest friend. For Trystan is fated to love a queen--the wife of his uncle, King Mark of Cornwall. It is at the height of his glory that his passion for Yseult becomes Trystan's downfall, and Arthur is forced to banish the young lover from Britain's shores forever. At an isolated outpost in barbarous Gaul, Trystan and Gareth marshal a small army to stand against the encroaching Franks. As they prepare for the seige, Gareth falls under the spell of Isolt, the chieftain's daughter to whom Trystan is wed but will never love. And all the while, Trystan pines for his lost love, the unattainable Yseult. Amid the thunder and smoke of battle, Gareth, Isolt, Trystan, and Yseult--lovers all--are caught in the web of destiny to face a future none wanted--but none could avoid. "When a stroke of ill-fortune causes Deigh mac Diarmuid and his wife Ehne into exile,prospects look bleak for the humble Irish peasants. But the young man's uncanny ability with horses ensures him a position as stablemaster for Lord Trystan, across the sea in Britain. It is there that they will find a new life as Lord Gareth and Lady Rhian. Serving first as Trystan's servant, then his equal, Gareth joins Arthur's court, rides with the king's cavalry against the Saxons, and comes to be Trystan's truest friend. For Trystan is fated to love a queen--the wife of his uncle, King Mark of Cornwall. It is at the height of his glory that his passion for Yseult becomes Trystan's downfall, and Arthur is forced to banish the young lover from Britain's shores forever. At an isolated outpost in barbarous Gaul, Trystan and Gareth marshal a small army to stand against the encroaching Franks. As they prepare for the seige, Gareth falls under the spell of Isolt, the chieftain's daughter to whom Trystan is wed but will never love. And all the while, Trystan pines for his lost love, the unattainable Yseult. Amid the thunder and smoke of battle, Gareth, Isolt, Trystan, and Yseult--lovers all--are caught in the web of destiny to face a future none wanted--but none could avoid.


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In the tradition of beloved storytellers such as Morgan Llywelyn, Mary Renault and Mary Stewart comes a stunning new voice in historical fiction. With her enthralling debut novel, Kate Hawks weaves together cherished myth and true history to restore to vivid life an ancient Celtic legend of love and loss, honor and betrayal.The Lovers When a stroke of ill-fortune causes Deig In the tradition of beloved storytellers such as Morgan Llywelyn, Mary Renault and Mary Stewart comes a stunning new voice in historical fiction. With her enthralling debut novel, Kate Hawks weaves together cherished myth and true history to restore to vivid life an ancient Celtic legend of love and loss, honor and betrayal.The Lovers When a stroke of ill-fortune causes Deigh mac Diarmuid and his wife Ehne into exile, prospects look bleak for the humble Irish peasants. But the young man's uncanny ability with horses ensures him a position as stablemaster for Lord Trystan, across the sea in Britain. It is there that they will find a new life as Lord Gareth and Lady Rhian. Serving first as Trystan's servant, then his equal, Gareth joins Arthur's court, rides with the king's cavalry against the Saxons, and comes to be Trystan's truest friend. For Trystan is fated to love a queen--the wife of his uncle, King Mark of Cornwall. It is at the height of his glory that his passion for Yseult becomes Trystan's downfall, and Arthur is forced to banish the young lover from Britain's shores forever. At an isolated outpost in barbarous Gaul, Trystan and Gareth marshal a small army to stand against the encroaching Franks. As they prepare for the seige, Gareth falls under the spell of Isolt, the chieftain's daughter to whom Trystan is wed but will never love. And all the while, Trystan pines for his lost love, the unattainable Yseult. Amid the thunder and smoke of battle, Gareth, Isolt, Trystan, and Yseult--lovers all--are caught in the web of destiny to face a future none wanted--but none could avoid. "When a stroke of ill-fortune causes Deigh mac Diarmuid and his wife Ehne into exile,prospects look bleak for the humble Irish peasants. But the young man's uncanny ability with horses ensures him a position as stablemaster for Lord Trystan, across the sea in Britain. It is there that they will find a new life as Lord Gareth and Lady Rhian. Serving first as Trystan's servant, then his equal, Gareth joins Arthur's court, rides with the king's cavalry against the Saxons, and comes to be Trystan's truest friend. For Trystan is fated to love a queen--the wife of his uncle, King Mark of Cornwall. It is at the height of his glory that his passion for Yseult becomes Trystan's downfall, and Arthur is forced to banish the young lover from Britain's shores forever. At an isolated outpost in barbarous Gaul, Trystan and Gareth marshal a small army to stand against the encroaching Franks. As they prepare for the seige, Gareth falls under the spell of Isolt, the chieftain's daughter to whom Trystan is wed but will never love. And all the while, Trystan pines for his lost love, the unattainable Yseult. Amid the thunder and smoke of battle, Gareth, Isolt, Trystan, and Yseult--lovers all--are caught in the web of destiny to face a future none wanted--but none could avoid.

35 review for The Lovers: The Legend of Trystan and Yseult

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jill Sibley

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Was a huge fan of Parke Godwin's books "Firelord" and "Beloved Exile," so when I found out he had written a novel of Trystan and Yseult under the pen name of Kate Hawks, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it! Just finished reading it, and I must say it didn't live up to my expectations at all. The thing I loved about his other Arthur stories are how he was able to take the legends and mold them into something real, gritty, and relatable to actual history. This book seemed to squander that opportu Was a huge fan of Parke Godwin's books "Firelord" and "Beloved Exile," so when I found out he had written a novel of Trystan and Yseult under the pen name of Kate Hawks, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it! Just finished reading it, and I must say it didn't live up to my expectations at all. The thing I loved about his other Arthur stories are how he was able to take the legends and mold them into something real, gritty, and relatable to actual history. This book seemed to squander that opportunity. It was still based on gritty historical fact, but it leaped straight from a promising setup, totally skipped over the beginnings of one of the greatest ill-fated love stories of all time, and right into the aftermath. All of the story is told from the viewpoint of Gareth mac Diarmuid, and while it picks up in quality towards the end of the novel, at the beginning it's like hearing an old man telling a wandering tale where he hasn't seen everything, and assumes you already know many of the other details. Much, but not all, of the story centers around Trystan and his obsession with Yseult, who isn't present for most of the entire book. You never truly understand why Trystan is obsessed with her because Gareth finds Yseult beautiful but dull, and certainly nothing to claim and hold a noble bard and warrior's passion. Maybe if the beginning of their ill-fated love story was presented in more detail to the reader it would have made more sense, but since it wasn't, it doesn't and as a reader I'm left just feeling "what a waste!" when it comes to Trystan and his questionable life choices. Also, since so much of what happened in the other Arthur books forms the basis for what happens in "The Lovers," the fact that this was published under a pseudonym and not presented as part of Parke Godwin's body of work makes no sense. It's part of the story cycle that came before and after, and refers to things that happen in the other books, so to get the most out of this, you really do need to read them as well to get the fullest picture. If you know the legend, it's not a spoiler to say that things don't end well, and you're left with the feeling that it all happened for no reason. Even when the legend of the great lovers begins to take on a life of its own in Gareth's lifetime, the truth as the reader comes to know through Gareth's telling makes it seem all the more hollow. It has been many years since I read Godwin's "Firelord" and "Beloved Exile," but now that I have been reintroduced to the characters of Gareth, his wife Rhian, and the talented but tornmented Trystan, I'll go back and re-read them to see if these stories are as good as I remember them.

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