Two remarkable leaders, the Caledonian warrior-queen Gyanhumara and her consort, Arthur the Pendragon, must forge unity between their disparate peoples to create an impenetrable front to protect Brydein and Caledonia from the land-lusting Saxons and Angli raiders. But when Urien becomes chieftain of his clan, his increase in wealth and power is matched only by the magnitude of his hatred of Arthur and Gyan, and his threat to their infant son. Gyan and Arthur must learn that while extending forgiveness to others may be difficult, forgiveness of self is the most excruciating—yet ultimately the most healing—step of the entire journey.
Bio: Award-winning author Kim Headlee lives on a farm in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia with her family & animals, a cave, and the remains of a 250-year-old house that was occupied as recently as the mid-twentieth century.
The story of Arthur and Gyan continues in this second installment of The Dragon’s Dove Chronicles. I’ve found this book to be even more intense than the first as the reader learns of the results of Gyan’s broken betrothal to Urien and the effect it has not only on both her and Arthur, but also her child and her clan.
Gyan must face the harsh reality of her choices and though she is a fighter and warrior at heart, she must learn the power of forgiveness to become whole.
Once again, Headlee has weaved a tale packed with action, romance and suspense. I will follow this series to completion.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves Arthurian legends. But be warned–once you pick it up, you won’t set it down until you have finished the last page!
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing sequel! October 27, 2013
Morning’s Journey is the sequel to Dawnflight and my favorite of the two! This series is an epic tale of Arthurian mythology. What I love most about this series is that the characters are created in new ways. The cast of characters are those with whom all lovers of Arthurian literature are familiar, but presented in a completely different way. It is the alternate reality version of mythology! And it is one that is definitely a bit darker and grittier than most!
I love a book that can push its way into my head and keep me hooked. This book did this for me, even more than the first. It picks up right after Dawnflight ends, and right into the midst of Gyan’s nightmare, predicting Urien’s win. It was a dramatic, and bloody, start to the ongoing sage of Arthur and Gyan! There are a lot of these heart-pounding, full of anticipation scenes, the kind of scenes that keep you turning the pages.
Being a student of mythology, I can thoroughly appreciate the sheer amount of research that the author has done with this series. The weaving of myth and history is beautiful to read, and seamlessly done. I love, love, love the blending of myths from different cultures, and this author is an expert at doing so!
Things to love about Morning’s Journey…
-The mythology. The cultures referenced in this book are historically accurate, but she blends their mythology together in new and interesting ways that make you look at the Arthurian stories in an entirely new light.
-The very real struggles of Arthur and Gyan. I love that,despite being epic characters, they have their own personal struggles. My favorite is Gyan’s struggle to realize her new life NOT as a leader.
My recommendation: For lovers of Arthurian stories, a definite must read. However, you should most definitely read Dawnflight first as these truly are an epic saga from one book to the next.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great follow up on the first book October 24, 2013
Threads also come from the other Kings, You ill love this book it is as good as the other, but you can’t read them separate, when you want to read this, first read book one Dawnflight.
I promise you will not regret any of them.I received a copy of this book for a honest review.