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by Rosalind Miles

  • ISBN: 0609609602
  • Category: Genre Fiction
  • Subcategory: Literature
  • Author: Rosalind Miles
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Crown; 1st edition (July 9, 2002)
  • Pages: 368
  • ePub book: 1643 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1868 kb
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  • Rating: 4.2
  • Votes: 611

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Tristan and Isolde find themselves caught in the crosscurrents of fate, as Isolde is forced to. .

Tristan and Isolde find themselves caught in the crosscurrents of fate, as Isolde is forced to marry a man she does not love. Taking pity on her daughter, the Queen gives her an elixir that will create in her a passion for King Mark and ensure that their love will last until death. But on the voyage to Ireland, Tristan and Isolde drink the love potion by accident, sealing their already perilous love forever.

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16 historical fiction novels worth reading, including Isolde, Queen of the Western Isle by Rosalind Miles. These books are full of romance, royal affairs, and epic family stories

16 historical fiction novels worth reading, including Isolde, Queen of the Western Isle by Rosalind Miles. These books are full of romance, royal affairs, and epic family stories. In the golden time of Arthur and Guenevere, the Island of the West shines like an emerald in the sea-one of the last strongholds of Goddess-worship and. Book one of the Tristan and Isolde books. A good version of the classic myth. best books ever! Whether they were engaged in ill-fated passions or against-all-odds affairs, star-crossed lovers continue to enrapture us in literature

Isolde is a gifted healer and a princess. When Isolde and Tristan fall in love, what unfurls is an epic of politics, faith, betrayal, and fate that will leave them both prey to evil but united by their perilous, abiding devotion.

Isolde is a gifted healer and a princess. Tristan is an intrepid knight. 9 people like this topic.

Tristan and Isolde find themselves caught in the crosscurrents of fate, as Isolde is.So begins the first book of the Tristan and Isolde trilogy, another stunning example of the storyteller’s craft from Rosalind Miles, author of the beloved and bestselling Guenevere trilogy. Taking pity on her daughter, the Queen gives her an elixir that will create in her a passion for King Mark and ensure that their love will.

Isolde : Queen of the Western Isle, Paperback by Miles, Rosalind, ISBN 1400047862, ISBN-13 9781400047864, Brand New, Free P&P in the UK In the first volume of a trilogy chronicling the lives of star-crossed Celtic lovers Tristan and Isolde, Isolde, a gifted healer and princess.

Isolde : Queen of the Western Isle, Paperback by Miles, Rosalind, ISBN 1400047862, ISBN-13 9781400047864, Brand New, Free P&P in the UK In the first volume of a trilogy chronicling the lives of star-crossed Celtic lovers Tristan and Isolde, Isolde, a gifted healer and princess destined to inherit the Irish throne from her mother, falls in love with Tristan, nephew of.

Isolde and Tristan are threatened by many obstacles in the world (war, revenge, family, Isolde's husband!) and are therefore allotted only spare moments while they try to overcome what stands in the way of loving each other

Isolde and Tristan are threatened by many obstacles in the world (war, revenge, family, Isolde's husband!) and are therefore allotted only spare moments while they try to overcome what stands in the way of loving each other. The novel is heavily religious: the religion being a worshiping of the Mother-goddess from the Celtic religion.

Isolde arrived too late. But Tristan’s wife told him that the ship was flying a black sail, signalling that Isolde was not coming to see him. Isolde of the White Hands saw the white sails hoisted on the returning ship of the messenger, signalling that Irish Isolde was on her way to see Tristan. With the news that his love had rejected the chance to save him, Tristan gave up his fight to stay alive and died instantly.

I purchased this book because I previously enjoyed Rosalind Miles Guenevere novels

I purchased this book because I previously enjoyed Rosalind Miles Guenevere novels. This book, however, is miles above those books. Isolde is a healer, Tristan a wounded knight/pilgrim, saviour, King Mark a less than desirable husband and King, and Isolde's mother, the Queen of the Western Isle, who practices the "mother right" and believes in the Mother Goddess as Isolde does. The paths these and other characters take, including the venerable and unpredictable Merlin, are not always what they seem. Isolde and Tristan take many risks to be together and it is not all smooth sailing ahead for these tw. n exciting book that I found hard to put down.

In the golden time of Arthur and Guenevere, the Island of the West shines like an emerald in the sea—one of the last strongholds of Goddess-worship and Mother-right. Isolde is the only daughter and heiress of Ireland’s great ruling queen, a lady as passionate in battle as she is in love. La Belle Isolde, like her mother, is famed for her beauty, but she is a healer instead of a warrior, “of all surgeons, the best among the isles.” A natural peacemaker, Isolde is struggling to save Ireland from a war waged by her dangerously reckless mother. The Queen is influenced by her lover, Sir Marhaus, who urges her to invade neighboring Cornwall and claim it for her own, a foolhardy move Isolde is determined to prevent. But she is unable to stop them. King Mark of Cornwall sends forth his own champion to do battle with the Irish—Sir Tristan of Lyonesse—a young, untested knight with a mysterious past. A member of the Round Table, Tristan has returned to the land of his birth after many years in exile, only to face Ireland’s fiercest champion in combat. When he lies victorious but near death on the field of battle, Tristan knows that his only hope of survival lies to the West. He must be taken to Ireland to be healed, but he must go in disguise—for if the Queen finds out who killed her beloved, he will follow Marhaus into the spirit world. His men smuggle him into the Queen’s fort at Dubh Lein, and beg the princess to save him.From this first meeting of star-crossed lovers, an epic story unfolds. Isolde’s skill and beauty impress Tristan’s uncle, King Mark of Cornwall, and—knowing nothing of her love for Tristan—he decides to make her his queen, a match her mother encourages as a way to bind their lands under one rule. Tristan and Isolde find themselves caught in the crosscurrents of fate, as Isolde is forced to marry a man she does not love. Taking pity on her daughter, the Queen gives her an elixir that will create in her a passion for King Mark and ensure that their love will last until death. But on the voyage to Ireland, Tristan and Isolde drink the love potion by accident, sealing their already perilous love forever.So begins the first book of the Tristan and Isolde trilogy, another stunning example of the storyteller’s craft from Rosalind Miles, author of the beloved and bestselling Guenevere trilogy.

Comments

Narim Narim
First I would like to start off with the fact that I docked one star on this book because it kind of had an rocky start to it. At first it seemed to jump around a bit and there was an occassional paragraph that got a bit wordy and descriptive, and because of it became confusing. However, after hitting a fourth of the way through this book I really started liking the author's writing style and she did a good job with creating a great plot around an old legend.

It starts with Sir Marhaus, the Irish queen's "special" knight challenging King Mark of Cornwall in an effort to secure more lands for Ireland and impress his queen. Mark doesn't know quite what to do, as he is kind of a weakling, joke of a king. Merlin tells him his estranged nephew Tristan still lives and is a champion knight. Tristan arrives at Castle Dore, defeats Marhaus, but is injured in the battle by Marhaus' poisoned blade. Merlin ships Tristan off to Ireland to be healed by Isolde. While there Tristan claims that he is a peasant but falls for Princess Isolde anyhow. When Isolde's mother tries to get her to take a lover, by having the knights compete, Tristan enters the battle and wins. However, the queen soon discovers that Tristan is reponsible for her lover Marhaus' death and runs him off the isle. Isolde is devastated. Tristan does return, but only to get Isolde to marry uncle Mark by pledge of honor. Isolde agrees but enroute becomes Tristan's lover. And so the plot continues.......

Good book! I found it very enjoyable and just started the second!
Auau Auau
This book, while heavily researched & rich with characters, just didn't live up to my expectations. I do appreciate the fact that Miles obviously researched this topic, & I loved the fact that she gave me a picture of pagan Ireland, but the characters of Tristan & Isolde seem to get lost in the mix. Instead of keeping the focus on these two, the chapters dance back & forth between many characters that should be marginal. Judging by the number of pages that Merlin, Arthur, Gawain, & several others warrant, I'm not sure that this book should be titled "Isolde. . . . "

Personally, I would have enjoyed a first person narration (by Isolde) in this instance. I think that I would have felt more connected with her & her story. I would only recommend this book to someone already interested in & familiar with the Tristan & Isolde tale.
Ndyardin Ndyardin
I purchased this book because I previously enjoyed Rosalind Miles Guenevere novels. This book, however, is miles above those books. My one issue with the Guenevere books was that the title character could be a bit whiny and prone to fits and tantrums, which got on my nerves after a bit (still good books, but it did get old in sections). Isolde in contrast is strong and independent, but also has doubts and uncertainty without resorting to practically tearing her hair out. (And when Guenevere appears in this novel, I actually like her better than I did in her own books).
The characters are well developed and interesting and you really believe in their emotions, thoughts an actions. The history is interesting and I really see that Rosalind Miles has developed as a writer and storyteller.
I look forward to the next book in this series!
Gugrel Gugrel
One of the first book by Rosalind Miles. She always writes about legendary characters like Tristan and Isolde. This is the first book about their love and friendship the time when they were introduced to each other like a strangers and becoming lovers later
Dagdatus Dagdatus
I had to read this book and write a report on it for college. I had never heard of it or Tristan before. It's a really good book. I enjoyed reading it.
Molace Molace
I loved the movie and now I am thrilled that there is this book series. It's an easy read and I truly enjoy historical fiction.
Malarad Malarad
I am a fan of Rosalind Miles, but I have noticed a pattern in her books which was disappointing and obvious in this one. The male characters are weak willed and barely likeable. Tristian was ridiculous and surprisingly 2 dimensional considering he's half of this trilogy. There was very little beyond the physical description that justified Isolde's undying love and devotion. Isolde was also uninteresting. She spent more time fretting, making irrational decisions, and moon-gazing rather than being a proactive character. When she did take action, it was too late to care. Beyond her physical beauty and skill in the healing arts, it was difficult to understand why the reader should care to read two more books about her life.

The subplot concerning Arthur, Guenevere, and the knights was more interesting. I laughed aloud as I read the banter between these characters. It seems that Miles has a better handle and passion for these characters than Isolde and Tristian.

I won't be buying the next two installments because I don't care to see how Miles flushes out this story. From what I read of other comments, it would be more of the same. If I happen upon the books at a flea market or if I see them at the library, I may read them out of curiosity.
I ordered this book some time ago- I'm still waiting! I've even sent an e- mail asking about it- still waiting for a reply to the e-mail! So far, I am very dissatisfied!