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Isolde, Queen of the Western Isle (Tristan and Isolde Novels, Book 1)
Isolde Queen of the Western Isle - Tristan and Isolde Novels, Book 1
Author: Rosalind Miles
In the golden time of Arthur and Guenevere, the Island of the West shines like an emerald in the sea—one of the last strongholds of Goddess-worship and Mother-right. Isolde is the only daughter and heiress of Ireland’s great ruling queen, a lady as passionate in battle as she is in love. La Belle Isolde, like her mother, is famed for...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781400047864
ISBN-10: 1400047862
Publication Date: 6/24/2003
Pages: 368
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3.4 stars, based on 66 ratings
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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reviewed Isolde, Queen of the Western Isle (Tristan and Isolde Novels, Book 1) on + 48 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
The first book in a trilogy about the love between Isolde and Tristan-retold from Le Mort d'Arthur.
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Helpful Score: 1
Great story. I liked it better even than the Guenevere trilogy.
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First of all, for some reason this book is categorized as historical fiction when it should be categorized as fantasy. This is NOT historical fiction.

Second of all, the plot of this book sounded interesting enough that I picked it up. Well, I put it down halfway through because the author's writing style is so obnoxious I couldn't bear it. Honestly, it's about one step above a cheesy romance novel, purple prose and all.

Point in case: I always learned that if you're writing in third person, it's really amateurish to switch between character POVs without some indication to the reader, like a chapter break, to avoid confusing them. Well, one paragraph in this book it's one character's thoughts; the next paragraph is someone else's thoughts entirely. Some of the sentences are so weirdly constructed that they're hard to parse.

And oh, let's not forget this really annoying tactic: Characters we're not supposed to like are UGLY, and characters we are supposed to like are OMG GORGEOUS! Gag.
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Good read. enjoyed this take on the celtic legend. Forget the movie. Look forward to the others of this trilogy.
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Great historical fiction!

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