Thursday, February 11, 2010

Rating : 4.0/5
Number of Pages : 466
Series : #3 Isolde Trilogy
Format : Arthurian Fiction, Fantasy
Reason for Reading : Arthurian II Challenge, to continue with the series

The third and sadly final book in the Isolde trilogy by Rosalind Miles. Isolde makes a decision to leave her husand Mark to return to Ireland as the Picts are invading. Their new boy King has his sights on Ireland as well as makig Isolde his Queen. Tristan has to make a choice, will he stay with Isolde his Lady or return to King Mark his liege Lord.

Things in Cornwall with King Mark are not going well. He is still being pulled in lots of different directions by his other nephew Andred plus the Priest Dominion. He has thrown off his long term mistress and the Christians are trying to get him to put aside Isolde and search for a new Christian bride so he can make an heir to rule after him. Queen Igraine isn't sure that Mark is still up to the task of ruling, and as he is her vassal King she can remove him and put someone else in his place. Despite their sham of a marriage, Mark still isn't ready to give up Isolde and puts in place new plans to make her his wife in truth, even if he has to force her.

More magic, mythology and romance. I was very interested to see how it would all end. Would it follow the traditional tales that see Tristan and Isolde killed at Mark's hands or would there be a happier resolution to the story. On the one hand I wanted it to stick to the original, but on the other I had a lot of time to get to know and care about the characters and a part of me really wanted them to get to live together openly in happiness. I won't say which path Miles chose, but ultimately I was happy with the ending and hope she writes some new fantasy books soon.


Anonymous said...

Actually Tristan und Isolde (Tristan and Isolde, or Tristan and Isolde) is an opera, or music drama, Tristan and Isolde

soleil said...

Your reviews have really piqued my interest in this trilogy. I really enjoyed Miles' trilogy about Guinevere and King Arthur. I am thinking it is time to give this set a shot as well.