The Challenge by Kim Iverson Headlee Blast & Giveaway – #Giveaway #HistoricalFantasy #Romance #Excerpt @kimheadlee
TITLE – The Challenge SERIES – The Dragon’s Dove Chronicles AUTHOR – Kim Iverson Headlee GENRE – Historical Fantasy w/Romantic Elements PUBLICATION DATE – 7/14/2015 LENGTH (Pages/# Words) – 24 pages/6K words PUBLISHER – Pendragon Cove Press COVER ARTIST – Natasha Brown
The gauntlet is thrown. One must die. Refusal is not an option.
Arthur the High King of Breatein has fallen captive of a longtime enemy, the Saxon warrior-princess Camilla, who lusts to avenge the death of her betrothed at Gyan’s hands and will stop at nothing, even the black arts, to achieve her goal. Because Gyan and Arthur have grown estranged, she fears that Arthur may side with Camilla and make her his new queen.
To meet Camilla’s challenge, Gyan must face all her demons—public as well as private.
With a shudder Gyan recalled the rumor that Camilla had enlisted demonic aid…
She banished those thoughts, and their attendant fears, by pondering the irony that Camilla had tried to strike at her through Arthur. It might have worked, once.
The passion that had colored the early years of their marriage was still celebrated in song throughout Breatein and Caledon.
These days, she wasn’t singing.
Another of my favorite things are tales of knights and fair maidens, especially the tales of King Arthur and his Court. I love to believe that he believed that things could be done differently and life could be better for all. Kim Headlee has written a very commendable version of part of that story in The Challenge, part of The Dragon's Dove Chronicles.
This book was the portion of the legend where Camilla holds her husband King Arthur hostage and then does battle with Gyan for his freedom. My goodness, what a well written scene the battle itself was! Parry, thrust, spar, turn, thrust again, near miss and so on. Excellent staging. And Kim was right on top of the telling the entire time. This was no romanticized retelling either. Basically I loved 'watching' it through my mind's eye and enjoying characters who each had their individual role and purpose, central to the story
Apparently there will be 8 in this series before she is all through so everyone ought to get to see their favorite Arthurian characters before all is said and done. This is a story for women and men, adults and teens. Seriously, it is that well written. So take a little time and take The Challenge...you'll be so glad you did.!
Rating: 5 Star
Heat: 1/5 **I received this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. No further compensation was received.
Kim Headlee lives on a farm in southwestern Virginia with her family, cats, goats, Great Pyrenees goat guards, and assorted wildlife. People and creatures come and go, but the cave and the 250-year-old house ruins—the latter having been occupied as recently as the mid-twentieth century—seem to be sticking around for a while yet.
Kim is a Seattle native and a direct descendant of twentieth-century Russian nobility. Her grandmother was a childhood friend of the doomed Grand Duchess Anastasia, and the romantic yet tragic story of how Lydia escaped Communist Russia with the aid of her American husband will most certainly one day fuel one of Kim’s novels. Another novel in the queue will involve her husband’s ancestor, the seventh-century proto-Viking king of the Swedish colony in Russia.
For the time being, however, Kim has plenty of work to do in creating her projected 8-book Arthurian series, The Dragon’s Dove Chronicles, and other novels clamoring for attention. She has been a published novelist since 1999, beginning with the original editions of Dawnflight (Sonnet Books, Simon & Schuster, ISBN 0671020412) and Liberty (writing as Kimberly Iverson, HQN Books, Harlequin, ISBN 0373771347).