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Esseilte, an Irish Princess is sent to England to be married to King Marc'h. On the journey she falls in love with Drustan, a harper and warrior, and Marc'h's nephew. To hide her love affair, she sends her cousin Branwen to the wedding bed, but on the wedding night, Marc'h takes his queen to a stone circle to perfom an old pagan rite. Branwen becomes Queen of the spirit world, while Essilte rules as Marc'h's queen. Altough she loathes the deceit, Branwen helps Essilte and Drustan conduct their love affair, whilst hiding her own love for the king. Jealousy and pain tear them appart, and Essilte's love affair is clearly doomed.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book    -   very upbeat FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy world/fantasy past Romance    -   Yes Romance plotlets:    -   two lovers coping with tough mission    -   love triangle/polygon Magical Beings/Mental/Magical/Powers    -   Yes Inner Struggle    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   search for identity/new understanding    -   coping with mental/magical powers Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Religious overtones?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Age:    -   20's-30's If magical mental powers:    -   mind reading    -   can see into the future    -   can cast many different spells    -   can read emotions    -   healing


Earth setting:    -   during "Tolkien" (fairytime) times Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   descript of touching personal anatomy    -   actual description of sex    -   rape/molest (yeech!) How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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