Book Reviews of Isolde, Queen of the Western Isle (Tristan and Isolde Novels, Book 1)

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
ISBN-13: 9781400047864
ISBN-10: 1400047862
Publication Date: 6/24/2003
Pages: 368
Rating:
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
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3.4 stars, based on 65 ratings
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
Book Type: Paperback
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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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Helpful Score: 1
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.
reviewed Isolde, Queen of the Western Isle (Tristan and Isolde Novels, Book 1) on + 335 more book reviews
first in the Isolde and Tristan Trilogy. Well done as usual. Rosalind Miles is truly the best with books of this genre.
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Great historical fiction!
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My favorite version of my favorite Arthurian legend. The whole series is breathtakingly beautifully written, and I count them among my favorite books of all time.

Waiting for more from Rosalind Miles. I've read all of the fiction she has ever published! Love her!

Read this series if you love the tale of Tristan & Isolde! You won't be disappointed... Like I was with the film I was originally so excited about back in 2006... Bleh.
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Good read. enjoyed this take on the celtic legend. Forget the movie. Look forward to the others of this trilogy.