- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Broadway Books; Reprint edition (Nov. 22 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0307209857
- ISBN-13: 978-0307209856
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2 x 20.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 295 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #923,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Lady of the Sea: The Third of the Tristan and Isolde Novels Paperback – Nov 22 2005
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“Miles concludes her spellbinding Tristan and Isolde trilogy with a bang. . . . Interwoven with plenty of passion and intrigue, this mystical reworking of a time-honored fable provides an enthralling new spin on an irresistibly romantic old legend.” —Booklist
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The final thrilling chapter in the Tristan and Isolde trilogy . . .
Isolde, heir to the throne of the queens, is now a sovereign in her own right. With the glories of the throne comes the responsibility of a queen, and Isolde knows she must return to her beloved Western Isle. She can no longer tolerate her marriage to King Mark of Cornwall, a marriage she has accepted for years in order to save her country from the threat of war and to be near her only love, Mark's nephew Tristan of Lyonesse. King Mark, always cowardly and spiteful, is too heavily influenced by his monks and counselors, who loathe the powerful and independent Isolde. And so she leaves Cornwall for good and comes home to Ireland, where her lords face a growing threat from the warlike Picti, who live in the barren highlands to the north of England. The Picti have a bold new king, Darath, who is determined to take the riches of Ireland for his own people, whether by war or by marriage with Isolde.
Isolde gathers her armies to confront the Picti and faces a violent conflict as well with King Mark, who vows he will not let a prize like Isolde, and Ireland, slip from his grasp. Isolde is last in a line of famous warrior queens who have guarded Ireland from time before memory, and now she--and her knight, Tristan--must play out their fate and face her enemies in a final battle, a war that could spell ruin for them both.
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The best by far of the three novels brings to a conclusion Tristan and Isolde's story. They endure and triumph over many seemingly insurmountable obstacles, not the least of which is King Mark. However, they provide many of their own problems by, at times, doubting each others love and fidelity.
Isolde decides that she can no longer remain married to King Mark of Cornwall. He has carried on with his mistress for years and was only a marriage of convenience from the start. It was never consummated and was only initiated to prevent King Mark from invading her kingdom, the Western Isle, Ireland.
Tristan and Isolde must weather many separations, extreme conditions and Mark's relentless pursuit of them both to finally and permanently come together.
The book was very suspenseful, engaging and extremely hard to put down. I highly recommend it and believe it can also be read as a stand-alone novel.
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There's a heroine who fits every stereotype of the "classic heroine": Fair/pale, bright hair, paragon of beauty, symbolizes absolute virtues of goodness which is never justified but supposed to be assumed, is a poor poor princess with men falling over themselves at first sight. Seems to get out of tough scraps by mysteriously whipping out talents introduced as weak plot devices.
You have a seductress who fits every stereotype of slattern possible: Darker featured, sumptuous in dress, powerful man cannot resist her charms, naturally an antagonist of the floppy heroine that does nothing all day but apparently but radiate "goodness" out of her arse as a counterpoint to the evil charms. Seems to do not much more than wear dresses in various shades of green, and fawn all over a king in a lascivious manner.
The dashing knight of the day who fits every stereotype of "heroism": Upright and honest to the point of stupidity, has no sense of self-preservation beyond bravely living off twigs or whatever you'd eat in a forest, thinks of nothing but reunited himself to the Maiden with White Hands. Dude, you are sooo smitten with this chick, but her kind manner and nice hands is ALL you can remember? I guess these two drips deserve each other.
These books make wonderful shelf fillers.