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.