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author interview: Anna Elliott

You previously revealed that the inspiration for your Avalon series came in a dream. Have you always had an inclination for writing or is it a newfound passion? Oh, yes, I’ve been writing stories all my life, though only seriously pursuing novel writing since college. I’d written several books, but had almost given up on seeing any of them published when I had the dream that inspired me to write Twilight of Avalon. Other than Arthurian legends, what historical topics or eras intrigue you? Gosh, I almost can’t think of any historical eras that don’t intrigue me! I just history, love learning about the details of daily life in past eras and cultures. I’m especially fascinated my Ancient Egypt and the Victorian era, if I…

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author guest post: Anna Elliott & King Arthur

I first studied the Trystan and Isolde legend and the King Arthur tales of which they are a part in college, when I was majoring in Medieval literature and history. I’ve always loved the Arthurian world, with its unique blend of history and magic, enchantment and reality. And the Trystan and Isolde story captivated me, as well, with its tale of the passionate love between a young warrior, Trystan, and Isolde, his own uncle’s bride. I personally felt the ending of the story was a bit of a disservice to the characters in that it turned the legend into a kind of morality tale–but even so, I loved the characters themselves: Trystan’s bravery and intelligence; Isolde’s skill as a healer, her independence and strength. Then…

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review: Twilight of Avalon

Twilight of Avalon: A Novel of Trystan & Isolde by Anna Elliott Britain during the Dark Ages was a wild and savage land divided into many sections and each ruled by a different king. The High King and heir of King Arthur was to unite them against the Saxon invaders, but King Constantine died in battle, leaving Queen Isolde to oversee the council until another High King is chosen. Isolde, branded daughter of a traitor and granddaughter of a witch, finds she cannot inspire loyalty among her late husband’s men. Lacking respect or power, she must find a way to uncover the truth behind her husband’s untimely death and lay evidence before the men who despise and mistrust her. With the help of a mysterious…

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review: Sunrise of Avalon

Sunrise of Avalon by Anna Elliott Concluding an unforgettable retelling of the legend of Trystan and Isolde, Sunrise of Avalon leads up to the final battle between Britain’s forces and the Saxon warlord, Octa of Kent. Not only does Isolde continually and purposefully walk into dangerous situations in pursuit of an upper hand against her enemies, but she is secretly carrying Trystan’s child. Meanwhile, Trystan plays two sides, trying to save lives and ultimately face down his traitorous father, Lord Marche. The trilogy covers the year after Isolde’s husband, Constantine, dies in battle, but through memories, stories and visions the past is pieced together at a sometimes frustrating pace, but nonetheless all of the secrets come out in the end. I’m very happy to have…

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review: Kitty Bennett’s Diary

Kitty Bennet’s Dairy Pride & Prejudice Chronicles, Volume 3 by Anna Elliott Catherine “Kitty” Bennet may be Austen’s nondescript sister, but has been reinvented in this continuation as a heroine both witty and brave, and on a mission to find a husband for Mary. In Elliott’s previous novel (Volume 2) Kitty had lost her fiance in the Battle of Warterloo, witnessing the carnage personally and nursing the wounded soldiers. Deeply affected, Kitty grew up quickly, no longer resembling the silly girl who followed Lydia’s lead. Not only does this version of Kitty present a different character than ever imagined, but Mary takes a break from being completely insufferable as well, and offers some surprising adventures. Jane makes an appearance with a problem of her own,…

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review: Dark Moon of Avalon

Dark Moon of Avalon by Anna Elliott Continuing Anna Elliott’s intriguing Avalon trilogy, Dark Moon follows Trystan and Isolde on their dangerous journey across enemy territory in search of an alliance to save Britain from the ruthless traitor, Lord Marche. A treacherous sea voyage, a meeting with a band of masterless men and the ultimate challenge of uniting forces with a longtime Saxon foe are among the nearly impossible circumstances the couple faces. There is more than one endearing new friend to join the balanced cast and other characters alluded to but not making an actual appearance. The story is told between Trystan and Isolde, giving readers an intimate view of the thoughts and emotions of each. I enjoyed this second installment more than the…

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