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Subject: Joan Wolf Read-A-Likes
Date Posted: 5/13/2010 12:08 PM ET
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I really loved Joan Wolf's books, "Born of the Sun", "The Road to Avalon" and "The Edge of Light", and would like to find something similar. I especially loved that all 3 books were full of action and drama, history, and, while there was romance, the books were not focused on that aspect and I enjoyed the romance that was there.

Who writes similar books? I have the Gellis "Roselynde" trilogy, some books by Pamela Belle, some earlier Reay Tannahill. Are any of these simliar?

Any suggestions would be most welcome!! :-)

Date Posted: 5/13/2010 1:44 PM ET
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I loved Wolf's trilogy, too, so I'm interested in the answers you get.

As for the other authors you named, I've only read half of the Gellis series, which I enjoyed very much.  They have a lot of action and history, but are also more romance oriented than Wolf. Not more sex, but more focus on the emotions and relationships.

Date Posted: 5/13/2010 2:10 PM ET
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After I read the Wof trilogy, I mentioned it on one of Amazon's historical fiction forum discussions, and Selene recommended a dark ages trilogy by Kathleen Herbert.  I've requested (through pbs) the first book in the trilogy: Bride of the Spear.  Haven't rec'd it yet, so don't know anything about it.  Does anyone else know anything about this book, or about the author??


Date Posted: 5/13/2010 4:57 PM ET
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I actually had the 1st Kathleen Herbert book on my Reminder List; will give it a try. It sounds good!


Has anyone read Catherine Christian's book, "The Pendragon". I think it's more of a fantasy novel.

BTW - I have Wolf's "Road to Avalon" and "Born of the Sun" on the unpostable list on my profile. If anyone wants them, just let me know.

Date Posted: 5/13/2010 5:48 PM ET
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Valli:  I read that one years ago and still have it on my shelf.  I don't remember there being that much fantasy- more like Rosemary Sutcliff's Sword at Sunset.  But like I said, it's been a long time since I've read it, but the fact that I have kept it all these years means I really liked it!

Date Posted: 5/14/2010 8:09 AM ET
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I know you already know about Penman and Chadwick, but I think these authors are similar. I also think the first two books in the Roselynde series by Roberta Gellis are similar as is The Light Bearer by Donna Gillespie.

Date Posted: 5/15/2010 8:54 PM ET
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An OOP author I found recently that wrote a trilogy about Henry II of England that might fit the bill (or maybe not since the main characters are historical ones) is Margaret Butler. She wrote: The Lion of England, The Lion of Justice, and The Lion of Christ. Warning: The UK tile for The Lion of Christ is The Turbulent Priest.

Like Cheryl, I read Christian's The Pendragon a long time ago, but I don't remember it being a fantasy-based fiction either.

I'll try to think of some others. I'm always on the search for OOP HF.

Last Edited on: 5/15/10 10:06 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 5/16/2010 1:44 PM ET
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I knew you all would come up with some great recommendations for me! I think I'm just going to try them all. Why not?! ;-)