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The Du Lac Devil

(The Du Lac Chronicles #2)

4.68  ·  Rating details ·  92 ratings  ·  60 reviews
War is coming to Saxon Briton.

As one kingdom after another falls to the savage might of the High King, Cerdic of Wessex, only one family dares to stand up to him — The Du Lacs.

Budic and Alden Du Lac are barely speaking to each other, and Merton is a mercenary, fighting for the highest bidder. If Wessex hears of the brothers’ discord, then all is lost.

Fate brings Merton du
Kindle Edition, 1, 393 pages
Published December 6th 2016
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Bill Ward
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved the first book in this series and was eagerly looking forward to reading this second book. I wasn't disappointed! This is a fantastic read if like me you enjoy Arthurian legends with a sprinkle of realism. There is war, intrigue, love, treachery and revenge mixed up in a story of the Du Lac brothers and their families. The author transports you back in time and has you turning the pages desperate to find out what happens next! There is plenty of action and violence but there is just as m ...more
Dianne Ascroft
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The novel is a wonderful mix of political intrigue, warring kingdoms, a love triangle as two women vie for the attention of one of the Du Lac brothers and larger than life, yet vulnerable, characters.
Although I’m not a keen fan of tales of the Arthurian era, this story gripped me from the beginning and I didn’t find it difficult to keep reading. As the author develops the intricate plot, she also gives the reader glimpses into the thoughts and motivations of several key players. It was fascinat
Louise White
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a riveting read from the start and I quickly became immersed in the story which concentrates on Merton, the mercenary brother, dubbed the ‘Du Lac devil’ which in Saxon Briton would have instilled fear in the hearts of friends and enemies alike.
The characters and settings were realistic, beautifully drawn, and I could picture everything as events took place. Action packed and full of intrigue, the story progressed at a fast face with a few shockers along the way. I was swept along in th
E.M. McIntyre
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Du Lac Devil: Book 2 is a brilliant continuation of the Arthurian legend series (and I say series because I'm hoping it's not to be just a trilogy). The depth and complexity of the characters is fantastic - their growth (and things revealed about them) outdoes that of the first book, and the first book was fabulous. I wanted to weep for Merton who takes center stage in this book, and at times, there were several characters who I wished would have their necks wrung. Though a long book for me, ...more
Cecily Wolfe
Apr 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Compelling - both the story and the characters are intriguing and captivating. War, politics, romance, and historical detail pull together to make this difficult to put down. Definite appeal for fans of Arthurian legend and medieval Britain in general, as well as Bernard Cornwell's fiction. ...more
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Think you know what really happened between King Arthur Pendragon and Sir Lancelot Du Lac? This is the real story… or at least what Mary Anne Yarde envisions it.

This is book two in The Du Lac Chronicles series and while it is a standalone (thanks to Yarde’s excellent backstory abilities), I highly recommend you read book one first.

Merton Du Lac is one of Lancelot’s sons and while he is the youngest of his brothers, his soul is weighed down by responsibility. To ease his guilt of his brother Al
Elizabeth Cole
Dec 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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**A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.**

When approached by the author to read the next installment of the Du Lac Chronicles, I squealed with delight and answered with a hearty, YES! I couldn’t wait to start the next book! This book, however, doesn’t follow the story of Alden and Annis. It is the story of Merton. Merton is a lot more rogue than Alden. Remember Merton
Angelina Kalahari
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Du Lac Devil, although a standalone novel, continues the story from the previous two books in the series, The Du Lac Chronicles, and the novella, The Pitchfork Rebellion.

I was looking forward tremendously to reading this book as I had enjoyed the previous two so much. I was not disappointed. In fact, I could not put it down and read through the night because I could not wait to see what was going to happen. Now, I can't wait for the next one!

This could be the next big series on TV, because y
R.M. Gilmour
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: repeat-read
A finely woven web of relationships and intrigue, kept the pages flying from one to the next, this book is hard to put down. Mary Anne Yarde has delivered another amazing story of the Du Lac brothers and I hope book three is well on its way – pretty please!

The Du Lac Devil is a heart-wrenching story of Merton Du Lac, the bravest, strongest and most-feared of the Du Lac brothers, as he sacrifices all within himself to save his brother, his country and his love, from war and unspeakable injustice
Larry Shackelford
Dec 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ms. Yarde continues her beautiful historical series with the Du Lac Devil.  The Du Lac Devil is book number two, coming after The Du Lac Chronicles, and The Pitchfork Rebellion (Novella).  Although the Du Lac Devil may be read as a standalone book, I highly recommend you read the first two installments first to fully enjoy and appreciate The Dulac Devil. 

I could not wait to dive into this book, and it was great to see the Du Lac brothers were back...and in full conflict form! Once again, the fa
Mary Yarde
Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Reviewed By Christian Sia for Readers’ Favorite — 5*

The Du Lac Devil is the second book in The Du Lac Chronicles by Mary Yarde, a story with a compelling historical setting and a drama that will surprise fans of fantasy. Saxon Britain is on the brink of war. Kingdoms fall under the might of the Wessex King, Cerdic. Only the Du Lac family can stand up to him, but the family suffers from internal discord which can play to their great disadvantage. Merton is a great warrior whose interests are very
B.S. Gibbs
Dec 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: king-arthur
This second book in the series was even more captivating that the first.

I am a fan of all things King Arthur, and have read numerous versions of the legend. This one is a new take on the story that is simply brilliant! The tale is fast paced, suspenseful, and full of twists and turns. I found myself mad at times, and close to tears at other times.

The author made wise choices when addressing the events in the book. For instance, the romance is well done and tasteful. There is also violence in t
Ellie Midwood
Dec 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
After reading the first book in the series I couldn’t wait to get to the second one, and it was even better than the first. “The Du Lac Devil” concentrates mainly on Alden Du Lac’s brother – Merton, who tries his best to come to terms with what he had become once he became a mercenary, whose trade is to kill for money. Only, very few people know what this money Merton is using for…
I absolutely love how real and complex Merton came out, and how he constantly struggled with himself trying his best
Beatrice Rivers
*I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review*


This book is the second book of the Du Lac Chronicles, and it had me gripping my seat in anticipation.

Budic still isn’t one of my favourite characters, despite his witty remarks, which obviously aren’t meant to be funny to the characters.

In book one, I liked Josephine, the fun, jumpy girl who can’t stop talking, but what on earth happened in those five years between the two books? Now I hate her.

Like everyone pro
Brian Kitchen
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have read and really enjoyed the previous two novels in The Du Lac Chronicles which are about the sons of Lancelot and so got ‘The Du Lac Devil’ on pre-order, when I knew it was being published. This novel centres on the youngest of the Du Lac brothers, Merton, who has become a mercenary trying to earn enough money to keep Alden’s enemy Cerdic of Wessex from invading Cerniw. I won’t spoil this excellent book for readers, which is a fast-paced historical adventure as well as a tale of jealousie ...more
Dec 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The continuation of this series is so good, I don't want it end. And it's obvious that it will continue! What a surprise is revealed. More than one, at that. The characters are wonderfully developed. There is strife, love, loyalty, mystery, betrayal. I have to admit, I read this book all night until the wee hours of the morning and it wasn't just lack of sleep or tense muscles from the drama that makes me hurt now. This tale is painfully realistic and so it should be. Dark ages, after all. Kudos ...more
Mar 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
(3.5 stars) This is the second book in Mary Anne Yarde’s The Du Lac Chronicles series. I haven’t read the first book and I did find it difficult to work out at first who everyone was, who was related to whom and how and what the different political factions were. So I would probably recommend readers to start with the first book in the series to get more of the back story on the characters.

Having said that, I enjoyed the book and thought the author did a great job of blending her imaginary worl
Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommend to fans of historical fiction but suggest reading the first book in the series beforehand (which I highly recommend).
Phew Yarde really puts the Du Lac brothers through the wringer! Betrayal by people they once trusted, false assumptions revealed, love complications and a ghost from the past. This book puts Merton, the youngest brother at the centre of the story along with ever changing allignments between powerful men along with changes of army loyalties. Merton's close friends remain
Tony Riches
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The feisty Du Lac brothers are reunited at the old family home in Brittany - what could possibly go wrong? Well, quite a lot actually. For a start, author Mary Anne Yarde has a liking for deeply flawed characters. Secondly, you need to be thinking George R.R. Martin rather than Sir Thomas Malory. Chivalry is hanging in by its fingernails and treachery is in the air.

Book two of the Du Lac Chronicles would work perfectly well as a stand-alone novel but to really understand the complex web of relat
Joan Fallon
Apr 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Well she's done it again. She's left the reader wanting to know more. Full of suspense, unanswered questions and compelling characters this story drags you into a past where kingdoms are won and lost through intrigue and betrayal, and the Du Lac brothers are once again battling to keep what is rightfully theirs. The author successfully blends mythology with historical fact to write a story of love, loyalty and passion. Looking forward to reading Book 3 ...more
Connie Lacy
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I don’t think there’s even one slow spot in this entire novel. A real page turner filled with palace intrigue, a love story more riveting than book #1, medieval brutality that made me wince, and a central character I absolutely loved, despite his flaws and checkered past. Merton Du Lac may be the black sheep of the Du Lac family, but he is the most fascinating. The author is a master of surprising twists and turns and escalating tension. So now I absolutely must read book #3 to find out how this ...more
Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
The Du Lac Devil is the second book in the Du Lac Chronicles, and focuses on Merton, Alden's younger brother. He has received the nickname of The Du Lac Devil, the reasons of which become clear as you read. He also has a son, but no wife, and a band of mercenaries that call him brother to his face, and leader behind his back.

This is an in-depth book, with plenty of plots and intrigue to keep you occupied. You also see characters grow and develop, whether that is for the better or not is for you
Debbi DuBose
I thoroughly savored every minute spent reading The Du Lac Devil: Book Two of The Du Lac Chronicles. Mary Anne Yarde is a fascinating author. She's studied the known history of this time period and uses it along with her imagination to weave a terrific tale. The result is this enticing and romantic, historical fantasy series. This second book in the series is even better than the first one. Merton has been fighting in Frank (France) country as a mercenary. When he's finally decided to go home, h ...more
Emily  Kakolewski
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Read this series

What a great new series. The author's storytelling is interesting and appealing. Really great read...I can't wait for the next book and to be back with these folk.
Jana Petken
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved the first Du Lac Book and was looking forward to the second.

This was a very smooth piece of storytelling with great continuity. I loved the way the characters developed, their personalities became more pronounced, and the relationships between the main protagonists went deeper.

The plot is staying with me, because the synopsis and other reviewers have given a pretty good picture, so, I will say what I loved about the story and the way it was written. Great descriptions with a wonderful se
Cynthia Morgan
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Having only recently finished the first book of this series, which I enjoyed thoroughly; I was delighted to have the opportunity to voraciously dive right into the second. I was not disappointed. Not only has Mary Yarde meticulously researched the history of the 6th century in which the story takes place, allowing readers to experience how different life truly was so long ago, but she draws the reader deep into the mystery and intrigues of the plot. She spins a web of romance, lust, violence, an ...more
Iva Kenaz
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have read the first book and loved it, so I was very curious about the sequel. Though in The Du Lac Devil the main hero is different, it’s the previous hero’s (Alden’s) brother Merton, I thought the change of point of view was refreshing. I like both the characters, but Merton really grew on me after reading this book. I also liked the relationship between the brothers, especially the funny dialogues they share stay with me and make me smile. Like I said in the review of the first book, I enjo ...more
Allen M Werner
Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Du Lac Devil: Book 2 of the Du Lac Chronicles is a spellbinding work of historical fiction filled with romance, lust, deception and betrayal. The story has all the earmarks of great Arthurian legends, including complex relationships guided by lies, mistaken beliefs and subterfuge. The tale the author weaves focuses chiefly on the strained relationship between three of Lancelot du Lac's sons, Merton, Alden and Budic, but it doesn't stop there. There is a whole cast of exciting characters surr ...more
Julie  Whitley
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A continuation of the Du Lac Chronicles, follows Merton du Lac in his new life as a reluctant mercenary. A family trauma brings all the brothers together, in uneasy proximity. Court intrigue that threatened to destroy them all exposes the strengths and weaknesses of family ties. I was drawn in and thoroughly enjoyed the third instalment. I highly recommend the series!
Steven Malone
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fun exploration of Arthurian legends after the battle of Camlann.

I think women would like this a bit more than men. Yarde's characters and setting are full and authentic.
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Mary Anne Yarde is the multi award-winning author of the International Bestselling Series — The Du Lac Chronicles. Set a generation after the fall of King Arthur, The Du Lac Chronicles takes you on a journey through Dark Age Britain and Brittany, where you will meet new friends and terrifying foes. Based on legends and historical fact, The Du Lac Chronicles is a series not to be missed.

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