Isolde, Queen of the Western Isle: The First of the Tristan and Isolde Novels by Rosalind Miles

Isolde, Queen of the Western Isle: The First of the Tristan and Isolde Novels

byRosalind Miles

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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.


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Title:Isolde, Queen of the Western Isle: The First of the Tristan and Isolde NovelsFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:December 18, 2007Publisher:Crown/ArchetypeLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not Bad I liked it. It was a bit of a slow read but nonetheless the characters were well done and so was the plot though I didn't like that it included Arthur and Genevieve as it kind of ran into continuity issues by having them there. And I feel like there was more meat to the story of Arthur and Genevieve but I still enjoyed it. Pictured James Franco and Sophia Myles while reading it though and the story they had in comparison to this one.
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Captivating Love Story There's no other words for it. I have never heard of this myth and was swept away in a passionate story that dealt with clash of love, politics and religion. Miles storytelling ability reached its peak in this first book, and I only recommend reading the second in the trilogy as by the third, she has lost her touch. Enjoy Isolde, she's a character that will have you cheering for her and Tristian by the middle of the book.
Date published: 2008-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderfully written, beautiful tale This is such an incredible book. Full of history, and folk lore, this is not only a beautiful love story, but a new spin on an old tale. Miles takes the old tale of Tristan and Isolde, and makes it her own, and yet still remains true to the original stories. I also love how she weaves in the tale of Arthur and Guenevere, the Knights of the Round Table, etc. She really takes you back, through an ageless tale of deception, betrayal, and miraculous love. The following two books are equally as incredible, if not more so. For anyone interested in history (Irish or English), this is a great read that really captures the moment. You are always hoping that Tristan and Isolde will triumph in their love, but Miles does not make it easy. She makes these lovers fight for what they want. The trilogy is truly fantastic. I can't wait to read the Guenevere Trilogy now.
Date published: 2006-10-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fast read I went through this book really quickly, but it was still a great read. I should have bought the whole trilogy at once so I could keep going right away.
Date published: 2006-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Irish Blood Will Sing Isolde- Queen of the Western Isle is an amazing display on the part of Rosalinde Miles. Even if one has never read her work before, this accomplishment is sure to sweep you off your feet and into the tide of imagination. The author blends history with her own judgements so much that the two are seamlessly sewn together. It stirs the heart. Love has perhaps never been more sweetly and truly captured in a modern work of fiction than in this. Any reader with a drop of Irish blood, whether they know it or not, will feel empowered and in awe. A must read.
Date published: 2003-11-11