Review: The Dragon's Harp by Rachael Pruitt
Author: Rachael Pruitt
Publication Date: February 16, 2012
paperback, 366 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Source: Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours
Before Gwenhwyfar became Queen - before Arthur met Merlin - a tribal Welsh princess met a young Heatherlands Mage. Together, they will create a legend.
Inside a mist of beauty and brutality waits the Arthurian legend as you've never heard it before. Enter the world of THE DRAGON'S HARP, a realm of blood lust and vengeance, of spellbinding magic from the beginning of time. The realm of Princess Gwenhwyfar: a young girl torn between magic and desire, born with magical powers she can either wield to save her people from destruction - or deny to save her soul.
The Legend of King Arthur and Lady Guinevere has been told and retold time and time again but I never tire of it. The Dragon's Harp by Rachael Pruitt focuses not on King Arthur but on Lady Guinevere or Gwenhwyfar. This story starts when Gwenhwyfar is a young girl. She's headstrong, very stubborn, but also very brave. The story begins in the year 460 CE in Northern Whales. Over the span of this novel Pruitt explores what it was to live in such a time. A time where magic was not just a myth but also a lifestyle.
The story line in this novel takes place from Gwenhwyfar's child hood to a young woman. So much happens to her over her young life. She is torn between her Grandmother and Mother who never seem to agree on anything. She is caught between battles and an ancient evil that wants to destroy her and those she loves. In the midst of all this a young Merlin comes to teach Gwenhwfar the ancient ways.
The Dragon's Harp is a complex story with a lot going on.Gwenhwyfar's life is not easy or one of fairy tales. She lives in a time of brutality but also one of magic. This novel is the beginning of a five book series that gives a deeper insight to these legendary characters. The Dragon's Harp was at times hard to read due to the violent scenes but it also seemed realistic. Rachael Pruitt wrote an intriguing novel that will hold your attention until the last page.
I would not recommend this book to young readers. It has some language, violence and sexual assault scenes.
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