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Sacrifice (Y Ddraig: The Dragons of Brython #1)

4.55  ·  Rating details ·  20 ratings  ·  13 reviews
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—sequestered, safeguarding an egg that barely moves from year to year, never using the deadly skills she’s been taught in secret. But the King’s relentless pursuit of t
Kindle Edition, 324 pages
Published May 26th 2015 by Dark Pages Publishing
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Michelle Diener
Jul 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just finished reading SACRIFICE by Gwendolyn Beynon. It's a historical fantasy set in Wales and it's steeped in the myths and legends of Arthur and dragons, along with some of the history of the time. I just found everything so intriguing and I loved the main character, Melangell. I loved how she fought her own destiny, not by whining but with a sarcastic edge. And I loved how she forged a new way for herself as the last Lifebringer, the keeper of the dragon.
Christine Connolly
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I've never read a story like this!

I was completely entranced by this story. Nothing is sugar coated and the the details are consistent with the life at that time. This is not your typical boy meets girl, girl worship's boy, boy saves girl, happily ever after. This is about a strong independent women who goes through hell all the while never straying from the path she was destined for. Trust me, you want to read this book.
Eleni Konstantine
Wow, just wow. This historical fantasy has everything you could wish for- legends, gritty realism, and dragons.

Weaving the Arthurian legend with dragons is just brilliant. The Grail in this story is the Creil (dragon egg) which needs protecting and an order of women have spent generations looking after it as it sleeps. An acolyte finds herself its sole keeper. And the strength of her conviction and destiny helps others question their paths.

Add to this story an unlikely romance, and I was hooke
The first in an epic fantasy series, Sacrifice blends the story of the Welsh Medieval Saint, Melangell to the Arthurian legend. Set during the reign of King Arthur, Cai seeks to help his brother Artwr (Arthur’s Welsh name) by seeking a holy relic, a dragon’s egg. Melangell, a young druid priestess, is tasked to guard it. She agrees to be Cai’s prisoner in order to protect it. As the two slowly fall in love, Cai is faced with the hard choice of delivering the egg to his brother or betraying him t ...more
Aug 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sacrifice is the first of a trilogy that looks at Welsh legends and the King Arthur myth in a different way. It combines fantasy and romance into a really interesting story about a young woman taken from her family to train to be a Lifebringer – the caretaker of a dragon egg basically.

The author uses the Welsh names for character and places but I’m not going to do that here because I’d have to keep referring back to the book to spell them. Just know going into the book that definitions and pronu
Aug 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Melangell is a Morwyn Ddraig, a Lifebringer to dragons. Once she accepts a dragon egg, the Creil, her life is dedicated to its protection and education. Unfortunately for Melangell, King Arthur is set on defeating Melagnell’s entire race in order to find a capture a Lifebringer of his own in order to raise the dragon egg for his own benefit. Melangell is captured by the King’s brother Cai and must fulfill her duty to the Creil. While Melangell is detained with her egg she begins to notice her ca ...more
I am a big fan of historical fiction and tend to shy away from fantasy novels. However I do make exceptions every once in a while such is the case with Sacrifice. Taking place in the fifth century during the Arthurian era I was keen to read this book. Having an interest in Arthur but never really pursuing that desire, I jumped at the chance to be part of this tour. Sacrifice is the book in a planned trilogy and I was impressed with this book.

Melangell is a likeable character, given what she endu
Aug 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Historical Fantasy is not always an automatic read for me but when I saw the description for "Sacrifice" I was intrigued. From the very beginning I was intrigued and engulfed in the story. I wanted to see where the author would take Melangell. Melangell was fascinating. She was a great heroine and she did not disappoint. Equally as intriguing was Cai ap Cynyr. Cai ap and Melangell are on completely opposites sides of the team bu
Denis Mcgrath
Jul 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a fictional drama steeped in the mead of Welsh lore about Melangell a young maiden chosen as an infant from clan Mathrafal to guard the Creil (the egg of the dragon). Her mentor is killed and she is left alone to fend off the lords and knights of King Artwr (Arthur) while protecting the egg. She is however no virginal saint and her phallic encounters are vividly described bordering on the bawdy and somewhat distracting. Her adventure moves along with erotic romance and fighting skill wit ...more
AJ Blythe
I couldn't put down this first-in-series book by Gwendolyn Beynon. I haven't read a welsh fantasy before and I loved the way she integrated Arthurian lore (as in King Arthur) into the story. I was intrigued by her take on dragons and their development. For me, it was the perfect balance between fantasy and romance. The action starts on page 1 and held me until the final page. I look forward to reading more in the series!
I am a judge for the 2015 Aurealis Awards. This review is my personal opinion and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of any judging panel, the judging coordinator or the Aurealis Awards management team. To be safe, I won't be recording my thoughts (if I choose to) here until after the Aurealis Awards are over.
Jun 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The author's sometimes gritty realism draws a reader in and captivates them right to the last page! Only problem is...she leaves you wanting more!!! When's the next one coming out?
Cate Ellink
May 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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[the Land of her Fathers] where she was visiting holy wells and ancient yew trees. She grew captivated with th