DRAGON KIN by Tracy Cooper-Posey
Once and Future Hearts. Book 2.0
Historical Fantasy Romance/Ancient Historical Romance Novel
Will she become the cursed king’s fifth dead wife?
In Lesser Britain, drought grips the land, forcing Arawn, King of Brocéliande, to take a fifth wife, hoping she will be the mother of his firstborn, whom the prophecy says will break the curse and save his people.
Ilsa, daughter of a wood cutter, is brought to Lorient to wed the cold, distant Arawn, terrified she will become the king’s next dead wife. There she learns about the true High King of Britain, Ambrosius, and his brother Uther, who build an army to take back Britain from the Saxons and Vortigern the Usurper.
Can Arawn find a way to save his people and the land that supports the future Pendragon? Will Ilsa break the curse?
This novel is part of the ancient historical romance series, Once and Future Hearts, set in Britain during the time of King Arthur.
1.0 Born of No Man
2.0 Dragon Kin
3.0 Pendragon Rises
3.5 Once and Future Hearts Box One
4.0 War Duke of Britain
5.0 High King of Britain
6.0 Battle of Mount Badon
6.5 Once and Future Hearts Box Two
7.0 Abduction of Guenivere
8.0 Downfall of Cornwall
9.0 Vengeance of Arthur
10.0 Grace of Lancelot
11.0 The Grail and Glory
A Historical Fantasy Romance/Ancient Historical Romance series
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Book will not disappoint! Great read. Strong characters, adventure, and love! I will continue to read this author!
What stands out for me about this story is the strong female lead and her determination to make the best of her lot. She’s in an unusual situation but as evidenced by her hardships thus far in life she knows how to adapt and make things better when and how she can.
Tracy Cooper-Posey’s writing is rich in interesting and relevant historical details with an amazing slice-of-life approach which means we feel a part of the story.
One of my favourite aspects of this novel is the changing interactions and developing relationship between the main characters. I enjoyed tagging along for their journey of self discovery and growing fondness for each other. Seemingly thrown together by chance I loved that the two leads both change and learn from each other.
I enjoyed learning more about previous characters in the series too and where their lives had led them with the passage of time.
A very satisfying place to leave these lovers but with so much more to look forward to in the overall story I’m eagerly anticipating the next book(s) in the series.
You will not regret reading this book. Once I got started, I couldn't put it down. I love the characters and the twists and turns in the story are great. I love that the women aren’t helpless, but are valued for their contributions during difficult years. The love story between a king and a woodcutter’s daughter is believable. I thought the characters were well developed and the story-line kept me interested!
I always get excited when Tracy releases a new book! She is one of my favourite of my favourite all time authors. I loved the storyline and all the twists and turns. Couldn’t put it down. It was captivating and mesmerizing. You simply have to read this book. You will not be disappointed.
I am a paranormal lover so I was hesitant about this story from the beginning. I liked the historical details and a lot of research must have gone into this book. But I must confess I was a little disappointed in the characters and the love story. For me they just didn't come to life and as a consequence this story didn't grab me as other novels by this author did. I would have liked a bit more focus on the characters. This book felt to me more like a history book than a (romantic) novel.
Having loved Arthur & the round table for as long as I can remember really swung this book for me, so I'm looking forward to the whole series.
King Arawn was a wee bit of a sad man even in them days believing in curses but he did. A lady was the only one who break it, who other Ilsa was out hunting for her family, to feed them in the hard times & guess who she came over.?
Wow this was some story, I just loved it & how everything came about, both the king & Ilsa went through a lot of trials & tribulations throughout their time together, but they came to understand each other.
Other kings from other kingdoms mainly saxon/Viking & roman seemed to treat their wives more like trophies, Awran seemed to be getting real feelings for Ilsa & she for him as their time was getting longer & they seemed to understand each other.
The giving of the new ring really brought it home to me how Arawn loved Ilsa, a ring within a ring was a lovely touch.
Loved this book it was a great read, all the historical work that must've gone into it, would've ben a lot of hard work. (I loved this kind of history!) Thank you.
I first fell in love with the Arthurian cycle with Marion Zimmer Bradley when I was but a kid. Now, years later, I can appreciate the fine narrative that Tracy Cooper-Posey delivers. Bear in mind this is not the typical historical romance, it's even better. It's a slow burning story which started more than a decade ago in Born of No Man- such an interesting way to introduce Merlin, by the way. Dagon Kin is the story of the cursed King Arawn of Brocéliande and her Queen Ilse. Ilse is supposed to help Arawn broke his curse bearing his first child. At the end, this is a story of loyalty, personal growth and slow path to love. What I LOVE the most is the strong female characters and how they evolve through the book, along with the others. So, if you like the Arthurian myths and British medieval history don’t hesitate to pick up the series, we are bound to a long ride!
Loved it, left me hanging for more
Excellent book. There is so much depth to the characters, and the historical aspects are amazing. I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys historical novels. The book is complete within itself. But I can't wait to read more.
Tracy has not disappointed anyone who has or will read her new Historical Romance. The 2nd book takes more the time where magic and soothsaying was believed. We also learn that Merlin gift was becoming strong. If you enjoy reading about the medieval era.....about Sorcerers and magic that has found a way into those times; Tracy's new series Once and Future Hearts will be a series you will not want to miss.
The second book of this series Dragon Kin kept me so enthralled,I was sorry to see the end of the book. I cannot wait for the Third book and knowing Tracy's way of weaving a great story; I know it will not be boring.
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EXCERPT FROM DRAGON KIN
COPYRIGHT © TRACY COOPER-POSEY 2018
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
“You do not understand,” Arawn replied. “It is not simply a matter of getting an heir. Kings are reluctant to offer me their daughters, for all my wives have died while bearing their first child.”
Uther’s smile was knowing. “Then don’t marry a princess. The prophecy does not insist upon it.”
Arawn thought of Mair, the last of his wives. It had only been two years but already he had trouble recalling her young face. “I tried that, too,” he admitted.
“Yet here we are looking for a magic spring to break the curse, instead,” Uther said. “You will risk bringing down the power of Brocéliande upon you but you will not take a fifth wife, when one of the greatest Ladies of all history has told you that is what you must do to save your kingdom.”
Arawn shifted in his saddle, his chest clamping even harder. “You are young, Uther. You do not understand the challenges of a ruler.” His tone was sharper than he intended. Uther was brazen and his questions impertinent. Ambrosius had thrust Uther at Arawn, to smooth out his brother’s rougher edges. The man would not learn subtlety living in the middle of an army camp as he did in Carnac.
Uther stared at his horse’s ears and said nothing. He was sensitive enough to know he had overstepped his bounds.
Arawn relented. “Hunting for a spring does not bring death upon an innocent woman.”
“Perhaps the next wife you take will be the one to break the curse,” Uther said. “You cannot know until you marry her.”
“Therein lies my quandary,” Arawn said, with a gusty sigh. “If she is not the one…”
Uther grinned, showing white, even teeth. “We are hunting the wrong prey today.”
“I assure you, where we are going there are no suitable wives.”
“Suitable?” Uther repeated. “A cursed king cannot demand his next wife meet any standards.” His smile made his eyes dance.
Arawn laughed, drawn into Uther’s mischievous mood. “Very well, then. Any woman at all…only, she must be healthy and young enough to bear children.”
“And unmarried,” Uther said gravely. “As you are a king, you must wed the girl to bed her. I, of course, do not have that limitation.”
“I will not be inviting you to the wedding, then,” Arawn replied.
Uther’s laughter sent a raven flapping into the air, cawing his objection. The other men were far behind them, now, busy with their own conversations. Winoc was far ahead. It was just the two of them, which let Arawn relax a little more.
“It would be nice if she was of passing prettiness,” Arawn added, warming to the subject.
“And with all her teeth, too,” Uther said.
“I’m surprised you are that choosy, Uther.”
“It is your bed we are planning to fill, not mine,” Uther replied, his tone urbane.
“Of course, she must be a maiden,” Arawn said.
“Now you are objecting purely to narrow the field to nothing,” Uther said. “The more conditions you add, the less chance we have of finding her.”
“As I have no idea how many suitable women there are in the first place, I’m unlikely to know that adding conditions would make it an impossible task. You, of course, know every beddable woman in all three kingdoms.”
Uther smiled. “Perhaps I prefer to wonder, like you.”
Arawn laughed at the notion.
Uther patted the neck of his war horse. “Then we are agreed. The first woman we come across who matches the criteria, you will wed.”
Arawn drew in a sharp breath. “I was jesting, Uther. One does not enter a marriage with the casual approach you are suggesting.”
“Why not? The proper approach to marriage has not served you.”
“You have not been wed–”
“And have no intention of being so bound,” Uther shot back. “But I am not a King and have no heir to get. You have a kingdom to save, or so I understood from your lecturing a while ago. Do you want to save your people, or not?”
Arawn swallowed. “Yes,” he said shortly. “I would do anything to save them. Look at where we are and what we do today. I am to sprinkle spring water upon stones in hope that a miracle will occur.”
“Then why not add a wedding to your list?” Uther asked with a reasonable tone.
Arawn tried to consider the matter in the straightforward way that Uther was. Stripped of the burden of emotions, the concept of marriage to any woman was reduced to nothing more than a step on the path to breaking the curse. Following forms and protocol had not served him. He had not lied–he would do anything to see his people suffer no more. Anything.
“Done,” Arawn said shortly.
Uther sat up. “The first woman we find, you will wed?”
“The first young, healthy, marriable woman,” Arawn amended.
“With all her teeth, yes,” Uther finished. He looked up at the blue sky that could be glimpsed between the trees. “Now the day is interesting.”