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Two Prophesies. Two Noble Households. One Throne. Distrust and greed threaten to destroy the House of du Lac. Mordred Pendragon strengthens his hold on Brittany and the surrounding kingdoms while Alan, Mordred’s cousin, embarks on a desperate quest to find Arthur’s lost knights. Without the knights and the relics they hold in trust, they cannot defeat Arthur’s only son – bu Two Prophesies. Two Noble Households. One Throne. Distrust and greed threaten to destroy the House of du Lac. Mordred Pendragon strengthens his hold on Brittany and the surrounding kingdoms while Alan, Mordred’s cousin, embarks on a desperate quest to find Arthur’s lost knights. Without the knights and the relics they hold in trust, they cannot defeat Arthur’s only son – but finding the knights is only half of the battle. Convincing them to fight on the side of the Du Lac’s, their sworn enemy, will not be easy. If Alden, King of Cerniw, cannot bring unity there will be no need for Arthur’s knights. With Budic threatening to invade Alden’s Kingdom, Merton putting love before duty, and Garren disappearing to goodness knows where, what hope does Alden have? If Alden cannot get his House in order, Mordred will destroy them all. The Du Lac Prophecy has a recommended reading age of 16+.


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Two Prophesies. Two Noble Households. One Throne. Distrust and greed threaten to destroy the House of du Lac. Mordred Pendragon strengthens his hold on Brittany and the surrounding kingdoms while Alan, Mordred’s cousin, embarks on a desperate quest to find Arthur’s lost knights. Without the knights and the relics they hold in trust, they cannot defeat Arthur’s only son – bu Two Prophesies. Two Noble Households. One Throne. Distrust and greed threaten to destroy the House of du Lac. Mordred Pendragon strengthens his hold on Brittany and the surrounding kingdoms while Alan, Mordred’s cousin, embarks on a desperate quest to find Arthur’s lost knights. Without the knights and the relics they hold in trust, they cannot defeat Arthur’s only son – but finding the knights is only half of the battle. Convincing them to fight on the side of the Du Lac’s, their sworn enemy, will not be easy. If Alden, King of Cerniw, cannot bring unity there will be no need for Arthur’s knights. With Budic threatening to invade Alden’s Kingdom, Merton putting love before duty, and Garren disappearing to goodness knows where, what hope does Alden have? If Alden cannot get his House in order, Mordred will destroy them all. The Du Lac Prophecy has a recommended reading age of 16+.

30 review for The Du Lac Prophecy

  1. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth John

    New readers and those returning fans of the Du Lac Chronicles will immediately be swept back into the tumultuous world of King Arthur and his warring knights in this fast-paced fourth novel in Mary Anne Yarde’s acclaimed Du Lac Chronicles Series. And, with its vivid descriptions, memorable characters and exciting action scenes, The Du Lac Prophecy lives up to its promise of being the richest and most complex of the series. In Ms Yarde’s skilled hands, though, the large cast of characters are mas New readers and those returning fans of the Du Lac Chronicles will immediately be swept back into the tumultuous world of King Arthur and his warring knights in this fast-paced fourth novel in Mary Anne Yarde’s acclaimed Du Lac Chronicles Series. And, with its vivid descriptions, memorable characters and exciting action scenes, The Du Lac Prophecy lives up to its promise of being the richest and most complex of the series. In Ms Yarde’s skilled hands, though, the large cast of characters are masterfully controlled, and although this is a period of history that I am not familiar with, I was able to immediately connect with the warring families, despotic and cruel leaders, and the damaged hero and heroine. With its interesting combination of well-researched historical detail and contemporary dialogue, I would equate the style of the Du Lac Prophecy with that of the colorization of black and white movies – not to everyone’s taste, but overall doing mainstream and new historical fiction readers a great favor in shining a light on the Dark Ages and making this fascinating time accessible to many. And, for its YA and teen audience, the swift-moving story, vivid action scenes and just enough violence to portray the brutality of the times without offending more delicate stomachs, the Du Lac Prophecy reads like a treatment for Vikings meets Games of Thrones. A compelling introduction to those interested in reading more widely about this time. What I particularly enjoyed was the way Ms Yarde characterized the brutality of the times through the flaws in her characters. The beautiful Amandine’s emotional damage, Galahad’s excruciating physical harm, and their compelling story acknowledging the power of love to overcome even the most devastating of hurts and betrayals. Throughout the novel, each of the characters emerged from their backdrop and quickly established their own personalities, and Ms Yarde’s clever interplay of church and myth, power and submission wove their stories into an epic saga. Definitely a novel I enjoyed, and after reading this as a stand-alone, I am eager to go back and devour the rest of the series. Ms Yarde has also convinced me that there is more to the Dark Ages than I thought, and thanks to her “colorization” a period of history I will enjoy visiting again.

  2. 5 out of 5

    N.N. Light

    Merton and the others have successfully rescued Amandine from the clutches of Philippe and Mordred. Merton’s thankful she’s safe but like a dove without wings, she’s petrified of her own shadow. She can’t fly away, only rock back and forth while the demons inside her head continue to torture her. Merton knows the only way to heal her is to take her away from Dor so he makes the decision to leave Alden on the brink of war and make the trek to Teagan’s home. The House of du Lac is crumbling around Merton and the others have successfully rescued Amandine from the clutches of Philippe and Mordred. Merton’s thankful she’s safe but like a dove without wings, she’s petrified of her own shadow. She can’t fly away, only rock back and forth while the demons inside her head continue to torture her. Merton knows the only way to heal her is to take her away from Dor so he makes the decision to leave Alden on the brink of war and make the trek to Teagan’s home. The House of du Lac is crumbling around Alden’s feet and with his brothers fleeing, Josephine spewing hateful lies, Annis questioning his devotion and his kingdom in jeopardy of attack on all sides, Alden is making the same mistakes his father, Lancelot, did all those years ago. War is coming to Cerniw and he must be ready. Alan, the Keeper of the Blade, is on a quest to unite Arthur’s knights and relics in order to fulfill the prophecy and defeat Arthur’s only son, Mordred. Right before he leaves Cerniw, he spends time with the beautiful nun who has captured his heart. Bernice confesses her love for him and offers to save herself for when he returns. Fate deems Alan and Bernice are destined to be together and no matter what happens, they will be united. Will Alan be successful in his quest or will his journey to Wessex take his life as well? I’ve followed this series from the beginning and whenever there’s a new installment, I inhale it. From the riveting historical characters to the folklore surrounding Arthur, Lancelot and Briton to the wickedness of the Catholic church makes this a must read. There’s a lot going on and like an addict, I loved every minute of it. Josephine makes an appearance and like a viper, lashes out to any du Lac leaving her poison to eat away at their souls. Mordred is the cruelest character I’ve had the pleasure to read. His evil ways chilled me to the bone. Courage and strength of will are two of the themes in The Du Lac Prophecy. Many characters must choose which path they’re going to take. Will they fight or run away? I’m reminded of one of my favorite quotes: “If it’s death from a Saxon hand that frightens you, stay home.” – Tristran from King Arthur (movie) Mary Anne Yarde has outdone herself in The Du Lac Prophecy. Brilliantly written with incredible historical research, this is a must-read. Even with a cliffhanger ending, this is the best book out of the whole series. Fans of Game and Thrones and The Vikings will fall in love with this book! My Rating: 5+ stars Reviewed by: Mrs. N This review first appeared: https://www.nnlightsbookheaven.com/si...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tony Riches

    The strength of this series is the link back to ancient legends which form a tantalising backdrop as we learn a little more with each book. I also like the subtle development of secondary characters, although I must warn readers not to get too fond of any of them! The Du Lac Prophecy is a future classic, with an ending I'm sure even George R. R. Martin would be proud of. Five out of five stars.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Helen Hollick

    This book has received a Discovering Diamonds Review: Helen Hollick founder #DDRevs "New readers and those returning fans of the Du Lac Chronicles will immediately be swept back into the tumultuous world of King Arthur and his warring knights in this fast-paced fourth novel " shortlisted for Book of the Month

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ellie Midwood

    I’ve been a fan of the series for quite some time now and I always get excited when the newest installment gets released. In this newest book in the series, we keep following the Du Lac family’s story as they struggle for their survival among the enemies and hostile rulers who wish to wipe them off the face of the earth. This time, however, an old prophecy could aid their cause but only if Alan, the only one in possession of a sacred sword, can unite Arthur’s lost knights once again. I enjoyed b I’ve been a fan of the series for quite some time now and I always get excited when the newest installment gets released. In this newest book in the series, we keep following the Du Lac family’s story as they struggle for their survival among the enemies and hostile rulers who wish to wipe them off the face of the earth. This time, however, an old prophecy could aid their cause but only if Alan, the only one in possession of a sacred sword, can unite Arthur’s lost knights once again. I enjoyed being reunited with old and familiar characters just as much as I enjoyed following the relatively new one’s - Alan’s - quest. Merton and Amandine, Alden and Annis, Yrre and Tegan - all characters I came to like and root for, make their appearances once again and will have to unite their forces to stand up to their formidable foes. The ending (I won’t reveal it not to spoil it for you) left me screaming at my Kindle as I will have to wait for the next installment to be released to find out if two of my favorite characters will make it. What a fabulous story! I already can’t wait for the next book! Five huge stars.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Bill Ward

    I am a huge fan of this series and was very excited to read the latest book. I love Arthurian legend and in this series the author provides an epic story of love, betrayal and family feuds. There is plenty of brutal action and most of the characters are an interesting mix of good and bad, which seems to me very realistic of the harsh times being depicted. The author writes vivid descriptions and is excellent at showing the emotions of her characters. This book ends on a cliff hanger which makes I am a huge fan of this series and was very excited to read the latest book. I love Arthurian legend and in this series the author provides an epic story of love, betrayal and family feuds. There is plenty of brutal action and most of the characters are an interesting mix of good and bad, which seems to me very realistic of the harsh times being depicted. The author writes vivid descriptions and is excellent at showing the emotions of her characters. This book ends on a cliff hanger which makes me eagerly await the next in the series. Highly recommended!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Brian Kitchen

    I’ve read all of Mary Anne Yarde’s Du Lac series from the very first book and enjoyed every one of them, this was no exception. I particularly like that rather than from Arthur Pendragon’s point of view, the Arthurian legend is told from that of Lancelot Du Lac’s family. This is the best in the series so far and probably the darkest. I won’t spoil the plot for potential readers, but it ends on a cliff hanger, which I hope promises that there will be a further book in the series, or two or more ( I’ve read all of Mary Anne Yarde’s Du Lac series from the very first book and enjoyed every one of them, this was no exception. I particularly like that rather than from Arthur Pendragon’s point of view, the Arthurian legend is told from that of Lancelot Du Lac’s family. This is the best in the series so far and probably the darkest. I won’t spoil the plot for potential readers, but it ends on a cliff hanger, which I hope promises that there will be a further book in the series, or two or more (one can but hope). An excellent book and one that I highly recommend.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Cole

    Original review can be found at: http://www.nerdprobs.com/books/book-r... **A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.** When I saw the author shared a sneak peek of the cover of her next book on Facebook I instantly loved it. I then immediately crossed my fingers in hopes of getting an email asking if I would read her next installment. Lo and behold, a day or two later I got the email that I had been anxiously awaiting. I promptly answered with a hearty YES! Original review can be found at: http://www.nerdprobs.com/books/book-r... **A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.** When I saw the author shared a sneak peek of the cover of her next book on Facebook I instantly loved it. I then immediately crossed my fingers in hopes of getting an email asking if I would read her next installment. Lo and behold, a day or two later I got the email that I had been anxiously awaiting. I promptly answered with a hearty YES! A few days later I got the ebook version and started to read it. The story starts right off where the last book ended. The rescue of Amandine from Philippe and the dreaded Mordred Pendragon. Amandine is in bad shape. Merton holds her tight as they sail back to Cerniw and Alden. The monk Sampson is worried that she won’t make it. The damage that she did to herself by starvation is extensive as well as the torture that the Church inflicted upon her. On the shore of Cerniw, Alden is waiting for his brother to return. He is anxious to see them again. As the boat gets closer he wades out to it and heaves himself over the edge. He is shocked at the state of Amandine. He believes it to be his fault because he was too “chicken” to lead a raid to get her back from the clutches of Mordred. He sweeps her up in his arms and carries her back to shore, sadden by how light she is to carry. Merton painfully makes his way to shore. He has run out of his pain tonic and needs more. Alden carries Amandine up to his private chambers. As they get there she has a mental meltdown and is rocking back and forth not seeing anything. The only person that seems to calm her is Merton. Meanwhile, as Alan returns back to Cerniw with Merton, he decides that it is time for him to leave and find the Keeper of the Shield. He sets off on a journey across all the lands accompanied by Bernice, a nun who has fallen in love with him and has renounced her nun-hood in pursuit of their love. Will Alan find the Keeper of the Shield or will he be hoodwinked? Will Amandine ever recover from her horrible ordeal or will it take a toll on her mentally as well as physically? My-oh-my this book! It is action packed from beginning to end. The book flows extremely well from the end of the last book to this one. It’s almost as if we just turned a page and started a new chapter. The author kept us guessing as to what adventure our characters would have next. You can tell the book is well researched and that the author knew what she was talking about. You felt some sort of sympathy for King Philippe as he was being used, abused and hung out to dry by Mordred. You were appalled as Mordred locked all the monks into a room and then lite it on fire. You cheered Amandine and Merton on as they finally talked about their relationship and the sudden reappearance of her first husband Garren. My only hope for the next book is that no major characters get killed off. Judging by the massive cliffhanger she left us on I hope that it doesn’t happen. I’m waiting with bated breath for the next installment!!

  9. 4 out of 5

    SA

    I've been waiting for the fourth book in the series for a long time and it was all worth it. This was a long book but I cherished every moment of it. I was looking forward to the pursuit of the relics and Alan's story and the continuation of Merton's emotional journey. The author delivered on all grounds and some more. The book ended in such a place that all I can say is I want more. The details are amazing in the book but more importantly, the author does a fantastic job of delivering the emoti I've been waiting for the fourth book in the series for a long time and it was all worth it. This was a long book but I cherished every moment of it. I was looking forward to the pursuit of the relics and Alan's story and the continuation of Merton's emotional journey. The author delivered on all grounds and some more. The book ended in such a place that all I can say is I want more. The details are amazing in the book but more importantly, the author does a fantastic job of delivering the emotional intensity of each character. As a reader, you can't help but feel each and every character. Looking forward to reading more.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Anita Louise

    Rich & complex, in this installment of the Du Lac Chronicles the family continues to battle those who would see their legacy destroyed. An ancient prophecy just might be the key to re-uniting King Arthur's knights, but the forces against the Du Lacs are formidable and tyrannical. It is often difficult to distinguish enemies from allies, therefore difficult to know who can be trusted. Lots of thrilling action, believable characters, and vivid descriptions make this a captivating read from beginni Rich & complex, in this installment of the Du Lac Chronicles the family continues to battle those who would see their legacy destroyed. An ancient prophecy just might be the key to re-uniting King Arthur's knights, but the forces against the Du Lacs are formidable and tyrannical. It is often difficult to distinguish enemies from allies, therefore difficult to know who can be trusted. Lots of thrilling action, believable characters, and vivid descriptions make this a captivating read from beginning to end.

  11. 4 out of 5

    ChillwithabookAWARD With

    The Du Lac Prophecy by Mary Anne Yarde had received a Chill with a Book Readers' Award. www.chillwithabook.com "Very well written." Pauline Barclay - Founder of Chill with a Book Readers' Award The Du Lac Prophecy by Mary Anne Yarde had received a Chill with a Book Readers' Award. www.chillwithabook.com "Very well written." Pauline Barclay - Founder of Chill with a Book Readers' Award

  12. 4 out of 5

    Eileen Sheehan

    I have been reading about the Dude Lac saga from book 1,and it just keeps getting better. I feel that a good author should pull out emotions from the reader and Yarde does that exceptionally. The story is gripping, exciting, thrilling, and romantic. I laughed, felt bad, felt happy, got annoyed, and fell in love. What more do you want from a bread?

  13. 4 out of 5

    Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)

    The Du Lac Prophecy is the fourth book in The Du Lac Chronicles, and we return to Merton, now known as Galahad, and Amandine - following her daring rescue from under the nose of Mordred and the Archbishop of Rome. The first few pages of this book are brutal and heartbreaking. There is so much sorrow and horror, I was immediately emotional and completely immersed within the story, and the characters' lives. The thing is, the thing that makes Mary Anne Yarde an outstanding storyteller is the fact t The Du Lac Prophecy is the fourth book in The Du Lac Chronicles, and we return to Merton, now known as Galahad, and Amandine - following her daring rescue from under the nose of Mordred and the Archbishop of Rome. The first few pages of this book are brutal and heartbreaking. There is so much sorrow and horror, I was immediately emotional and completely immersed within the story, and the characters' lives. The thing is, the thing that makes Mary Anne Yarde an outstanding storyteller is the fact that some of the emotion comes from a pair of horses! This IS book four, and it would certainly help if you have read the previous books, just so you get the full appreciation of the other characters strengths and foibles. This is also quite involved, so it would help to have the background on what is going on. I am happy to report Tegan once again plays a part in this story, with her becoming a more important character than previously recognised. I can't wait to see where this particular thread is going, and how it will be woven within the main story tapestry. Arthur and his knights have held a fascination for me from a very young age, and I have always wanted to write their story. Alas and Alack! I am unable to do that, but instead I have the greatest pleasure to lose myself in their story as told by this amazing author. As a final, technical note, I am happy to say there were no editing or grammatical errors to disrupt my reading flow. The pacing is smooth, and the story, even with so many different threads, still manages to keep the reader involved, and not confused. I would definitely recommend reading this series in order. I can guarantee you won't be disappointed. Absolutely and utterly recommended. * A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. * Merissa Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kelly-Jo Sweeney

    I first found and started reading the Du Lac Chronicles back in 2017. I read the first three and the novella that falls between books one and two in quick succession. Although this one has been on my list for some time, I hadn't got around to reading it. It's a shame because once I started, I remembered what a fantastic series this is and also where the characters had been left last time. I should mention that this book will not really work as a stand-alone novel if you fancy trying it, then ple I first found and started reading the Du Lac Chronicles back in 2017. I read the first three and the novella that falls between books one and two in quick succession. Although this one has been on my list for some time, I hadn't got around to reading it. It's a shame because once I started, I remembered what a fantastic series this is and also where the characters had been left last time. I should mention that this book will not really work as a stand-alone novel if you fancy trying it, then please go back to The Du Lac Chronicles and start there. It will make everything make much more sense and it would be a shame not to read the full series. The story picks up straight after The Du Lac Princess, although it's been nearly three years since I read that book, it didn't take me long to remember all that had happened. There were other things I remembered as I read through the story, but it didn't really matter that it was so long since I last read it. I think that the storyline is so good and gripping that it stays with you. Like the other books, this one doesn't reach a conclusion and it's clear that there is more to come. Fortunately, for me at least, the fifth book is already available (and purchased, downloaded to my kindle and ready to read on my kindle) I'll be starting The Du Lac Curse very soon.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Paul Bennett

    Oh the evil mankind will adopt to justify their greed for power. From the opening scene of a brutal reprisal to the shocking ending, Mordred, with the backing of the Church, continues to build an impressive resume of evil deeds done...and the author continues to build a remarkable tale. Time is drawing near for the inevitable confrontation between Mordred and Alden Du Lac...the build up is a nerve wracking stroll down a path strewn with surprises...the sort of plot that keeps the reader guessing Oh the evil mankind will adopt to justify their greed for power. From the opening scene of a brutal reprisal to the shocking ending, Mordred, with the backing of the Church, continues to build an impressive resume of evil deeds done...and the author continues to build a remarkable tale. Time is drawing near for the inevitable confrontation between Mordred and Alden Du Lac...the build up is a nerve wracking stroll down a path strewn with surprises...the sort of plot that keeps the reader guessing, and turning the pages. The fates of Merton/Galahad/The Devil, Amandine, Alden, Alan and Bernice, et al hang in the balance. A cliff hanger of an ending to this episode has me chomping at the bit to get to the next installment. 5⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

  16. 4 out of 5

    S.K. Wee

    A dark and brutal time in history and Yarde does not shy away from describing any of it. This is the continuation of the Du Lac brother’s journey. Merton is reunited with his beloved Amandine but fears she will turn away from him once she learns the extent of his deformities. He also dreads informing her that her first love, his brother Garren, is still alive. Mordred begins to acquire more and more backing as he starts eliminating all those opposed to his quest for power. The political intrigue A dark and brutal time in history and Yarde does not shy away from describing any of it. This is the continuation of the Du Lac brother’s journey. Merton is reunited with his beloved Amandine but fears she will turn away from him once she learns the extent of his deformities. He also dreads informing her that her first love, his brother Garren, is still alive. Mordred begins to acquire more and more backing as he starts eliminating all those opposed to his quest for power. The political intrigue continues to escalate as the church adds more fuel to the fire. This is an amazing story told by a very gifted storyteller. I can’t wait to read more! Highly Recommended!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Diane Garner

    Stunning. Fantastic. This read is absolutely deserving of a 5-star review. Ever read something the grabs you? I've read the other books in the series, and they're all good, but this one is heart squeezing good. I loved it! The characters were so developed you felt as though you knew them. The storyline was thoroughly thought-out. I have grown to love this author's style of writing.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Fatima Lizbeth

    muy bueno

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lori Yodice

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jacqueline Hamilton

  21. 4 out of 5

    Duane Petit

  22. 4 out of 5

    stephen baker

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tricia Preston

  24. 4 out of 5

    Michele Traugutt

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jen Miller

  26. 5 out of 5

    M M Carter

  27. 4 out of 5

    Bea

  28. 5 out of 5

    Celianne Rendina

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mrs L C Calvert

  30. 5 out of 5

    Dennis Sutterfield

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