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About the author:
Australian author, Gwendolyn Beynon, comes from a long line of storytellers of Welsh and Cornish stock. She grew up reading romance and fantasy novels but the 'y Ddraig' series is her first foray into historical fantasy.
The idea for the 'y Ddraig' series came while on a pilgrimage to Wales where she was visiting holy wells and ancient yew trees. The land of her fathers. She grew captivated with the way that the ancient stories of Welsh literature, myth and history still co-existed comfortably in contemporary Cymru, and by the atmosphere of mystery that still exists around much of Wales' natural spaces.
An Arts graduate from Curtin University (with double-majors in Film and Theatre), Gwen has worked in communications all her life. She sold her first book in 2008 and has been writing for a living with her hounds at her feet and Celtic music as a backdrop ever since.
Book 1 of y Ddraig
528 A.D. Cymru (Wales)
Melangell is a 'Lifebringer', a dragon-maiden learning to protect one of the land's most ancient mysteries, y Ddraig. She expects to pass her years as have a score of teachers before her-hidden away, safeguarding an egg that barely moves from year to year, never using the deadly and secret skills she has been taught. But the King's relentless pursuit of this most holy relic throws her into the middle of war and though she is not yet adept Melangell must enter captivity with the egg to defend the sleeping dragonling within.
Her abductor is Cai ap Cynyr-fierce warrior, loyal brother and sword-arm to the high Chieftain, Artwr. He has been scouring the land for the relics Artwr demands to ensure triumph against the Angles invading from the east. Cai uses the Lifebringer's mystique to master his armsmen, but when he spirits Melangell and the dragon egg further into seclusion, she grows intrigued by her captor. But she is a Lifebringer-sworn only to y Ddraig-and Cai must deliver the dragonling to Artwr to at last drag himself out of his legendary brother's deep shadow.
[Sacrifice is the first in a series of three books based around y Ddraig (the Dragon) set in sixth-century Arthurian Wales, featuring characters based on Welsh myth, literature and/or history.]
- Publication Date:
- 0994352719 / 9780994352712
- Page Count:
- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 5.5" x 8.5"
- Black and White
- Related Categories:
- Fiction / Fantasy / Historical