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Yseult: A Tale of Love in the Age of King Arthur (The Pendragon Chronicles #1)

3.59  ·  Rating Details  ·  202 Ratings  ·  38 Reviews
"Once upon a time beyond history, in an age almost beyond imagination, there was a girl as fair as the moon, sitting on a horse and watching a fire. The bonfire is a part of history, but the princess is a part of legend.
"Tristan and Isot, Tristram and Isolde, Essyllt and Drust, Yseult and Drystan: the spellings have changed, but they have always been lovers - the greatest
Kindle Edition, 579 pages
Published January 1st 2012 (first published January 1st 2009)
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Feb 20, 2015 Tracey rated it liked it
For some reason it took me a long time to get into this LibraryThing Member Giveaway. Once in, I didn't want to leave, for about half of it. The second half was another story – I didn't much want to pick it up.

It's a famous story: Drystan or Tristan or Tristram, and Isolde or Yseult or Iseult, an offshoot (or rather predecessor) of the Arthurian legend. I knew this story; that's a major challenge for a writer, to take a story with a foregone conclusion and tell it again in such a way that knowi
Melissa Ann
Jan 07, 2016 Melissa Ann rated it really liked it
This is a beautifully written re-telling of a beautiful legend. I greatly enjoyed reading it.
Feb 03, 2012 Aliette rated it it was amazing
I've been wanting to read this book ever since the German version came out, and I'm so glad it's finally available in English :) This is a retelling of the legend of Tristan and Yseult (Drystan and Yseult, here), placed in a historical setting of divided territories, where Britain struggles to choose a High King, and Ireland (Eiru) has to deal with the encroachment of Christianity on druidic values and the retreat of the Fair Folk to the hills. I loved that it's mostly centred on the women, rath ...more
What is there to say about this book? It's certainly not horrible, but not brilliant either. Mixed.. Let's start at the beginning.
We start with Isolde, not the famous one, but her mother who is also conveniently called Isolde. The image the writer paints is one of a world torn between two religions, a world on the brink of something new. That in itself is an interesting storyline to incorporate in the main storyline. But unfortunately for Nestvold, I've already read a series of books on the Arth
Pete Aldin
Jul 18, 2012 Pete Aldin rated it it was amazing
Knowing the basic story of Tristan and Isolde (one of its incarnations) to be a love story, I was a little dubious about buying and reading Yseult (another name for Isolde). I bought it on the strength of Ruth Nestvold's short fiction which I'd read a little of.

I was extremely and pleasantly surprised. The ups and downs of the love story actually kept me ( a guy!) interested all the way to the end. And the book has plenty of "Dark Age" history, Irish magic, battle scenes and fist fights, and ste
Feb 03, 2016 Valentina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recensione dell'11 marzo 2011

La storia d’amore di Tristano e Isotta ha radici antichissime nelle leggende celtiche, ma ha attraversato i secoli indossando innumerevoli vesti, dalla versione “comune” del narratore normanno Béroul a quella “cortese” di Tommaso d’Inghilterra del XII secolo, dalla novella in versi Lai du Chèvrefeuille di Maria di Francia al più famoso Tristano in prosa, cui ancora non è stato attribuito un autore certo, che lega la vicenda al ciclo bretone e alla leggenda arturiana,
Oct 23, 2012 Misfit marked it as the-kindle-black-hole
3/26/12. Free on kindle.
May 14, 2012 Dee rated it it was amazing
I’m so glad Yseult is available in English now. I first read Yseult when it was an audio book in German and in all the bookshops here (in Germany). I wanted a great escape to more mystical times and a way to improve my German, and I found both! I listened to Yseult’s story every night for several weeks while I churned away on my exercise bike. She took me to a time when love, war and religion were lived more intensely than now, or at least in my life now J. Thank you, Ruth Nestvold, for such a w ...more
A.J. Raven
Jan 10, 2016 A.J. Raven rated it it was amazing
I have to be honest. I was not very familiar with the tragic love story of Yseult and Tristan when I picked up Yseult, which is book one in Ruth Nestvold’s The Pendragon Chronicles. However, as I started reading the five hundred-pages plus re-imagining of the Arthurian legend, I found myself engrossed in the story.

Trigger Warning! This book contains graphic scenes of sexual nature!

Even if you aren’t into stories set in “Dark Age” history, and Irish lore, you will still find Yseult enjoyable. Aut
Apr 26, 2012 Jill rated it it was amazing
Similar writing style to Marion Bradley. Wish I could find more like this.
K. Lincoln
Jan 07, 2012 K. Lincoln rated it really liked it
(For transparency's sake, I should mention that the author and I belong to tje same online writer's community.)

The key to Yseult is knowing what you're getting yourself into.

This book is very heavy on the history. If you are interested in the British Isles/Ireland of King Arthur's time, then you will indeed enjoy this book. Or if you enjoy books that delve into Kings and wars and political maneuvering, you will also enjoy this book.

It's got quite a lot of historical cast of characters mucking a
Apr 13, 2012 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
Warning: If you don’t know anything about the legend/myth of Tristan & Isolde, but you still want to read this book and don’t want to know about the legend beforehand, please don’t read my review. It’s quite difficult to review this book without spoiling the legend.

I LOVE the legend of Tristan & Isolde, it’s one of my favourite classic ancient stories. I read a children’s book about it when I was younger and I really like the movie (with James Franco) they made about it. So I was really
May 28, 2012 Pat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Audiobuch A new version of Tristan & Isolde Good story!

Die erinnische Prinzessin Yseult wächst in einem Land auf, in dem zwar viele Stämme um die Vorherrschaft auf der Grünen Insel kämpfen, andererseits jedoch der Stellenwert der Frauen und der überlieferten Traditionen hoch angesiedelt ist. Als ein schwer verletzter Fremder die Hilfe ihrer Mutter erbittet und sich als Barde ausgibt, ahnt Yseult nicht, dass sie in Wirklichkeit ihrem geschworenen Todfeind gegenüber steht, der für den Tod ihre
Eden Mabee
Jan 26, 2013 Eden Mabee rated it really liked it
I'm going to save my review of Yseult for later... I'm still processing the story as I read it. I will say I enjoyed it immensely, and when I was reading it, I had trouble stopping. I would say it's a must for anyone who loves Arthurian legends, and that Ruth Nestvold's Post-Roman Britain was lush and terribly real.

However, like far too many books I've read lately, I stopped reading it for a long time and found I could not restart until the time was right. (Disclaimer: that could be the fault of
Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
May 10, 2013 Merissa (Archaeolibrarian) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-freebie
This book is simply Epic! Not only for the length of it (came as a shock after reading novellas for a while!) but also for the amount of history, information and detail given.

This book actually starts the story with Yseult and you get a very indepth idea of what her life was like in Ireland. Her character is very well rounded which makes a very pleasant change from some of the one dimensional Yseults that have been written about.

You will get a very good idea of the fosterage system that Britain
Jan 30, 2016 Alexandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wunderschöne und sehr ans Herz gehende Neuerzählung der alten Legende von Tristan und Isolde. Man wünscht sich so sehr ein schöneres Ende, aber man weiß ja, wie es ausgehen muss... Auf einem wunderschönen Hintergrund episch ausgebreitet wird hier eine tragische Liebesgeschichte erzählt, bei der sich alle irgendwie schuldig machen und doch keiner wirklich Schuld ist. Definitiv lesenswert!
Rabenfrau (Molls Reads)
Zuerst einmal: Bevor man anfängt zu lesen, wissen die Meisten ja bereits, wie die Geschichte ausgeht, denn fast jedem ist das Schicksal von Tristan und Isolde schon zu Ohren gekommen.

Trotz allem, das Buch lässt sich unglaublich gut lesen und ist bei aller Liebe kein typischer Frauenroman im Stil von „Die Nebel von Avalon“ oder ähnlichem (Allerdings wird das Werk doch mehr weibliche Leser finden, nehme ich mal an. Zuviel Romantik und Herzschmerz.). Drystan wird ein großer Raum innerhalb des Roman
Pam K.
Sep 15, 2012 Pam K. rated it liked it
Yseult the Fair is the daughter of a powerful Eriann queen Yseult the Wise. She is traded for peace to a King in Britain.
Drystan is the son of the king and a soldier of Arthur's.
Ysuelt is a basic love that can never be type of story. No surprises, you can pretty much guess what's coming the entire way through the book.
It was well written.If you don't already know the story of Isolde and Tristan,you may find it interesting. The story involves war, betrayal (both political & personal),& r
Sep 05, 2012 Mollie rated it really liked it
A very well written re-telling of the Tristan and Isolde legend. There were a lot of elements I did not expect to be included such as the focus on the actual war between the Britons and the Saxons but it was well done. It did drag at some points but I kept coming back to it. It made me want to get the next book in the series as well to see where Nestvold is going to take the character of Iseult. I do not know if anyone can state with absolute certainty that everything in the book is historically ...more
Jan 20, 2014 Harry rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
I would recommend this book to anyone who's a fan of the Arthurian legend. Nestvold adds interesting psychological dimensions to the well-known Tristan and Isolde legend, and her command of the period history, as well as descriptions of the various battles, are impressive.

Nestvold's prose style tends at times to be too breathy, and too repetitive. These are lesser sins than the many typos, which were frequent enough to be irritating. (I deducted one star for this.) With tighter editing, this wou
May 22, 2014 Mandi rated it it was amazing
Excellent tale in Arthur's time.
Feb 18, 2013 Patricia rated it really liked it
Shelves: novel
A clash of cultures-- when the 'Old Way' (druids, wise women, bards, healers, brehon law) encounters the 'new' (St. Patrick, Christians, Roman law, Christian ways). The story begins in Ireland and then moves to Briton and Brittany.

I love books set in ancient Ireland and I love tales about King Arthur so this was a good match PLUS love, loyalty, friendships, hate, greed, revenge, war and peace.

A few very short love scenes but not too graphic
Some violence-- most during war, a few murders; not gra
Rebecca Graf
Mar 30, 2012 Rebecca Graf rated it really liked it
My review can be found here - Yseult: A Tale of Love in the Age of King Arthur
Aug 07, 2012 Debra rated it really liked it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Kathryn Thrasher
Aug 30, 2012 Kathryn Thrasher rated it really liked it
Enjoyed the telling of an age old myth from the woman's perspective. The incorporation of the spiritual shifts between Druidism and Christianity, as well as the historical power struggles of the British Isles, give this tale layers of context beyond the star-crossed lovers.
Jan 20, 2013 Anne rated it did not like it
I just could not finish this book. Read about 1/3 and just could not seem to get any further. I know a lot of people love it, but it just was not for me.
Maureen Curran-Dorsano
Feb 12, 2016 Maureen Curran-Dorsano rated it really liked it
I rich retelling of the Tristan and Isolde (Yseut) legend. If you have been blessed with a Celtic soul, you will enjoy this very much.
Aug 15, 2013 Margaret rated it really liked it
I love anything Arthurian, and this did not disappoint. A great blend of two legends. I want to read the rest of the series.
Feb 07, 2013 Caril rated it really liked it
Loved this! Even though I knew how it would end, there were some surprises along the way. I'm looking forward to the next book.
Jun 17, 2013 Nonibe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
eine schöne Geschichte über ein hoffnungslose Liebe. gut eingebettet in die Zeit von Arthur.
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Ruth Nestvold has published widely in science fiction and fantasy, her fiction appearing in such markets as Asimov’s, F&SF, Baen’s Universe, Strange Horizons, Realms of Fantasy, and Gardner Dozois’s Year’s Best Science Fiction. Her work has been nominated for the Nebula, Tiptree, and Sturgeon Awards. In 2007, the Italian translation of her novella “Looking Through Lace” won the “Premio Italia” ...more
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