Odai eti ama. I hate and I love.
Many years lasts the cruel and bloody war between Iveriu and the overseas kingdom Kernyv. The multiple and brutal invasions of the villages of Iveriu took many innocent lives, including Lady Branwen’s parents. Now there is a chance of peace between two rival kingdoms. A new king rose on the throne of Kernyv and he’s willing to negotiate the terms of the peace.
Branwen, Princess Iseult’s cousin, lady-in-waiting, and best friend, she is highly devoted to her duty to the Princess and puts her country before her own happiness. She willing to do anything to protect her people and her loved ones. One day her life takes an unexpected turn. She rescues a drowning man from the sea and despite all the reasoning hides him in the caves. Tristan is from Kernyv, her enemy, but something tells her she must help him. Suddenly some magic awakens in her and helps to heal the injured stranger. Branwen is certain she can use her new powers for Iveriu’s good. However, every magic comes with a price. Branwen must be ready to face the consequences of her new power. But is it possible to fulfill her duty, protect her country and be with the man she loves?
A captivating and breathtaking retelling of a much-known legend of Tristan and Iseult. The book totally grabbed my attention and within first pages, I was walking those beautiful coasts of Ireland and enjoying the mesmerizing views of castles and cliffs. This novel fully transports your mind to that amazing place. And the magic blows you away. Seriously, cannot think of a better combination as medieval Ireland and magic. Can you?
I loved everything about this book, the plot, the characters (although I was annoyed by Branwen for not willing to tell people the truth! It could make their lives so much easier!), and the romance (Tristan is my newest crush!). I loved how the author took the legend as a base but created a completely different and beautiful story. The way it ended makes me bite my nails and cry desperately for the second book. The wait is too long! I just want to go back to Iveriu and finally visit Kernyv and see what holds the future for Branwen and Tristan.