This was a decent novella that bridges the first book into book two in the Du Lac Chronicles series. It tells the story of what happens when King Alden and his wife Annis return to Cerniw. Alden feels guilt over the destruction of his kingdom. Annis is not accepted by the angry villagers. Alden’s brother Merton has to step in.
The Blurb: “It is dangerous to become attached to a du Lac. He will break your heart, and you will not recover.” So prophesies a wizened healer to Annis, daughter of King Cerdic of Wessex. If there is truth in the old crone’s words, they come far too late for Annis, who defies father, king, and country to save the man she loves.
Alden du Lac, once king of Cerniw, has nothing. Betrayed by Cerdic, Alden’s kingdom lies in rubble, his fort razed to the ground and his brother Merton missing, presumably dead. He has only one possession left worth saving: his heart. And to the horror of his few remaining allies, he gives that to the daughter of his enemy. They see Annis, at best, as a bargaining chip to avoid war with her powerful father. At worst, they see a Saxon whore with her claws in a broken, wounded king.
Alden has one hope: When you war with one du Lac, you war with them all. His brother Budic, King of Brittany, could offer the deposed young king sanctuary—but whether he will offer the same courtesy to Annis is far less certain.
It’s been a while since I read anything other than contemporary romance. I picked this one up based on a recommendation from a fellow blogger. Thank you, Morgan. I enjoyed this historical fiction/romance book. Annis has been mostly forgotten all of her life. She’s been sheltered but unloved. When her cruel and ambitious father captures and tortures Alden, the king of Cerniw, near to death, Annis knows she must save him. Annis has always loved Alden. She doesn’t realize Alden has feelings for her, too. Sentenced to death and lashed to within an inch of his life, Alden does not expect to be rescued by his enemy’s daughter.
This book had romance, intrigue, suspense and heartache. It is based on the Arthurian legend. Alden is Sir Lancelot du Lac’s son. It is part of a series, and I’m already reading the novella that bridges the first two books. I’ve also pre-ordered the second book in the series, the Du Lac Devil which is due out December 6th and tells the story of Alden’s brother, Merton.