The Well of Tears-Roberta Trahan

The Well of Tears

Roberta Trahan

47North, Sep 18 2012, $14.95

ISBN: 9781612183725

 

The Order of the Stewardry wizards have waited for centuries for the time for, them to adhere to the pledge of fealty they made in the magically concealed Fane Gramarye Temple in the remote village of Pwll.  There they vowed to support the one king of Cymru

 

In 905, the time has come to anoint Hywel as the King of Cymru.  Madoc the elderly Ard Druidh chief mage realizes that he must choose his successor at the Well of Tears, but before he does he sends Guard Captain Aslak to escort sorceresses back to Pwll.  The soldier goes for Alwen, wife of King Bledig and mother of two teenage children (Rhys and Eirlys).  Alwen, accompanied by her family, travels to Fane Gramarye.  However, all is not smooth as traitorous evil from within also has begun to march preferring the chaos of war over the promise of peace if Hywel is crowned and also covets Madoc’s heritage.

 

Though at times the overall entertaining storyline slows down due to too much mundane detail, fans will enjoy this engaging post Arthurian fantasy.  Character driven by a strong cast who makes the Trahan mythos seems real while also somewhat limiting the action, readers will wonder who the traitor(s) is as the time to crown the King and select the Ard Druidh successor have arrived with good and evil competing for both jobs.

 

Harriet Klausner

 

 

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