Title: Morning’s Journey
Author: Kim Headlee
Publisher: Lucky Bat Books
Genre: Historical Fiction / Fantasy
Series: The Dragon’s Dove Chronicles # 2
Best Read in Order: yes
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About the Book:
Picking up where the first in the series left off, Headlee returns to her reworking of the Arthurian legend with her uniquely crafted cast of characters. Gyanhumara and Artyr are married and soon to be separated: the struggle to unite Britain is ongoing.
Gyan and Artyr are learning to cooperate: being raised as a leader Gyan is unwilling to cede to Artyr’s primacy without a battle. Fortunately, Artyr is coming to realize that much of what Gyan fights for makes an odd sort of sense: and her planning and battle sense is second to none.
Still Urien is looking to cause trouble: like a child who lost his favored toy to a sandbox bully his ability to work a slight into a grievous concern and hold a grudge are legendary. Still wholly without redeeming features, his upcoming marriage to Artyr’s half-sister is less reason for rejoicing as the two have designs on the pendragonship.
With a threat from other kings in the region, potential mutiny from Urien and the constant need to juggle the competing desires, including their own: this installment is action-packed for both Artyr and Gyan.
Again the writing is lovely, and the insertions of moments of the newly developing Christianity combined with legends and gods of old, manx and gaelic phrasing and characters that have a familiarity from the old legends all combine to make a page turning story that gives a new life to old stories. Mixing in the familiar with the reworked and redefined characters is a tricky and risky prospect, but works to perfection in this book.
You cannot, however, pick up this book without reading the first: you will be hopelessly lost in the plot: and you will have missed the great character of Gyan: her input and prior information is integral to the flow of this installment.
I received an eBook from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Read my review of the first in this series: Dawnflight here
About the Author:
Kim Headlee lives on a farm in southwestern Virginia with her family, cats, goats, and assorted wildlife. People & creatures come and go, but the cave and the 250-year-old house ruins — the latter having been occupied as recently as the mid-20th century — seem to be sticking around for a while yet.
Kim is a Seattle native (when she used to live in the Metro DC area, she loved telling people she was from “the other Washington”) and a direct descendent of 20th century Russian nobility. Her grandmother was a childhood friend of the doomed Grand Duchess Anastasia, and the romantic yet tragic story of how Lydia escaped Communist Russia with the aid of her American husband will most certainly one day fuel one of Kim’s novels. Another novel in the queue will involve her husband’s ancestor, the 7th-century proto-Viking king of the Swedish colony in Russia.