This was a favorite of mine.
Born of the Sun takes place during one of my favorite British historical periods - the 6th century - and involves the struggles of a tribal people to come together as one. Romance is at its center. Joan Wolf, after all, is the author. But it does not take precedence over the historical story. (I wouldn't have liked the book as much if it did.) As a romance, it has the anticipated happy ending. But the story isn't without tragedy. If it were, it would not have been realistic for the times.
I enjoyed it and I plan on reading the other 2 in the series. These are The Road to Avalon (#1) and The Edge of Light (#3). They can be read in any order.
Sixth-century Britain hasn't often been used as the setting for a novel--little is known about the period--but Wolf has taken names and dates from the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles and built a story around them. The love story of Celtic princess Niniane and Saxon prince Ceawlin is the heart of the novel. When Ceawlin is forced into exile, he and Niniane find refuge with her people. Ceawlin, a gifted leader, gains the loyalty of both Celt and Briton; his destiny is to unite two peoples in one kingdom. Still missing from Wolf's work ( The Road to Avalon, LJ 10/15/88) is a strong sense of time and place, but the plotting is excellent and the main characters and their love story appealing. Buy wherever there's a demand for historical fiction; this is likely to please.
This is a very good read.
Not her best. It was ok but kind of slow at times.