Prince of Dreams

Prince of Dreams

[a Tale of Tristan and Essylte]

Book - 2004
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It is a generation after the fall of Camelot. The legendary figures of Britain's brief but shining renaissance--Arthur, Lancelot, Guinevere--are gone but not forgotten. Their memories live on in song and story. But Arthur's dream of a united Britain is fading fast. The hard-won alliance of independent kingdoms is fracturing. Sensing weakness, defeated enemies are returning.

Such is the world of Tristan, Prince of Lyonesse. Born with the soul of a poet and the heart of a warrior, Tristan has been pushed aside by his uncle, Markion, who is determined to succeed King Constantine. Because he shares Markion's dream of restoring the faded glory of Camelot, Tristan supports his Uncle's claims to the High King's throne, against the better judgment of his friends.

Markion dispatches Tristan as his trusted agent to fetch his new bride, the daughter of King Percival. As soon as Tristan sets his eyes on the beautiful Essylte, and Essylte sees the handsome Tristan, a fateful love blooms between the two young people, a love that knows no law but its own fierce and imperious demands. Now, torn between duty and desire, Tristan and Essylte will risk everything--their lives, their souls, Britain itself--to be together. . . .

This powerful tale of love, betrayal, and redemption has echoed down the ages. Acclaimed author Nancy McKenzie brings it stunningly to life for a new generation.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780345456502
Branch Call Number: SF MCK
Characteristics: 416 p. :,geneal. tables, map ;,21 cm


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Feb 04, 2011

book was a little dry.but overall good.
could have had more to it.
i've read more textbooks with more interest then this one. sorry it was good, but just dry.

Jan 22, 2011

I got through about a third of this book and had to put it down. It isn't nearly up to the standards that Nancy McKenzie set in her previous novels. Both Tristan and Essylte are oversensitive and otherwise too perfect. Markion is evil though the story would work a lot better if he wasn't (I already knew the myth). The dialog read like an amateur improv exercise. Tristan would sometimes go into rants with feminist undertones which totally didn't fit the time period.

It's a shame, because Queen of Camelot and Grail Prince were really good.

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