Princess of Bretagne

Author: Vijaya Schartz

Publisher: Books We Love Ltd

Release Date: 3/13/12

Blue Ribbon Rating: 4

Format: EBOOK

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Along with other followers of the Goddess, Princess Pressine of Bretagne lives on the Lost Isle. Viking raids up and down the coast have killed hundreds, destroyed crops and decimated villages. The tribes of Briton need to unite to defeat them and the Goddess has chosen King Elinas to become high king of Alba, with Pressine as his queen. Marrying a man she knows little about is unsettling but Pressine is obedient and soon sets out with her dowry and retinue in hopes of seducing the still grieving widower into marriage. She never expected to fall in love with him.

King Elinas is an honorable man and is still grieving his wife. He has no intention of marrying again until he meets the beautiful Pressine. His feelings change quickly but the impending Viking raids put their growing relationship on hold. On returning home he’s accompanied by his eldest son, a Christian religious fanatic who’s appalled at Pressine’s paganism. Elinas is a protective man but he has no idea that the one person he needs to shield Pressine from is his own son, a man willing to kill to get rid of her.

PRINCESS OF BRETAGNE is the first release in CURSE OF THE LOST ISLE, the new medieval fantasy series by Vijaya Schartz. This author is new to me, so I wasn’t certain what to expect. Her attention to the harsh conditions of this violent time period is spot on, and starting with a brutal Viking raid caught my attention immediately. She brings the world of Pressine to life with vivid details of daily life, clothing, customs, manners, Celtic history and the conflict between the early Christian church and the old pagan beliefs of the goddess.

Pressine isn’t a kick-ass type heroine but is responsible and cool under pressure, and steadfast in her loyalty. Elinas is dependable, protective and brave. They make a great couple, but I just wish their relationship had taken a little longer to blossom. It would have been more realistic since Pressine didn’t use her powers on him.

This story is filled with action and danger and there are many interesting secondary characters that help drive the plot forward.  I particularly like Gwenvael, Pressine’s brother, who has extensive scenes in his own viewpoint scattered throughout.  Look for the just released, PAGAN QUEEN, to continue the saga of these two lovers.

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Gayle

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