This series was one that my boyfriend’s mother let me borrow. Once I told her about Poldark and my new obsession with Cornwall she told me to read this. Since she got me into Outlander and we have a lot of the same reading genre (the whole 1700-1900s time period) I figured I’d give it a try.
I didn’t know that much about Tristan & Isolde other than it being a love story, a heroic love story that has lasted so many years. What’s so surprising is how a story like this can stand literally the end of time. Tristan & Isolde, King Arthur & Guinevere are stories you don’t see written anymore. These three stories have Rosalind Miles’ twist on it. The first two stories are exactly like the tale. The third book is her own twist, which I think ends better compared to the actual tale but I won’t ruin that for you…..
The stories are as follows: The Queen of the Western Isle, The Maid of White Hands and the Lady of the Sea.
Anyway, the story is follows Isolde, Princess of Ireland and Tristan, a Cornish Knight whose nephew to one of the Kings. Isolde and Tristan meet when he is injured and needs the healing powers of Isolde. That is when their affection for each other begins. It becomes more intense when Tristan comes back for Isolde only to have her marry is Uncle. But while on their journey to Cornwall, both take a potion that will not let their love for each other waver but bring unhappiness to their life at the same time. The first two novels are the legend, the last, like I said earlier was a twist to the ending but I enjoyed it all the same.
I can’t really decide if I liked these books. I like the story, though I found it almost too romantic at times where I was bored. But then again, I wanted to know what would happen and had to will myself to not read ahead. Have any of you ever had this happen? Where you liked a series but you didn’t all at the same time?
As always, click on the picture above for more information on these novels and more by Rosalind Miles.