Isolde, Queen of the Western Isle

In the golden time of Arthur and Guenevere, the Island of the West shines like an emerald in the sea one of the last strongholds of Goddess worship and Mother right Isolde is the only daughter and heiress of Ireland s great ruling queen, a lady as passionate in battle as she is in love La Belle Isolde, like her mother, is famed for her beauty, but she is a healer insteadIn the golden time of Arthur and Guenevere, the Island of the West shines like an emerald in the sea one of the last strongholds of Goddess worship and Mother right Isolde is the only daughter and heiress of Ireland s great ruling queen, a lady as passionate in battle as she is in love La Belle Isolde, like her mother, is famed for her beauty, but she is a healer instead of a warrior, of all surgeons, the best among the isles A natural peacemaker, Isolde is struggling to save Ireland from a war waged by her dangerously reckless mother The Queen is influenced by her lover, Sir Marhaus, who urges her to invade neighboring Cornwall and claim it for her own, a foolhardy move Isolde is determined to prevent But she is unable to stop them King Mark of Cornwall sends forth his own champion to do battle with the Irish Sir Tristan of Lyonesse a young, untested knight with a mysterious past A member of the Round Table, Tristan has returned to the land of his birth after many years in exile, only to face Ireland s fiercest champion in combat When he lies victorious but near death on the field of battle, Tristan knows that his only hope of survival lies to the West He must be taken to Ireland to be healed, but he must go in disguise for if the Queen finds out who killed her beloved, he will follow Marhaus into the spirit world His men smuggle him into the Queen s fort at Dubh Lein, and beg the princess to save him.From this first meeting of star crossed lovers, an epic story unfolds Isolde s skill and beauty impress Tristan s uncle, King Mark of Cornwall, and knowing nothing of her love for Tristan he decides to make her his queen, a match her mother encourages as a way to bind their lands under one rule Tristan and Isolde find themselves caught in the crosscurrents of fate, as Isolde is forced to marry a man she does not love Taking pity on her daughter, the Queen gives her an elixir that will create in her a passion for King Mark and ensure that their love will last until death But on the voyage to Ireland, Tristan and Isolde drink the love potion by accident, sealing their already perilous love forever.So begins the first book of the Tristan and Isolde trilogy, another stunning example of the storyteller s craft from Rosalind Miles, author of the beloved and bestselling Guenevere trilogy.From the Hardcover edition.
Isolde Queen of the Western Isle In the golden time of Arthur and Guenevere the Island of the West shines like an emerald in the sea one of the last strongholds of Goddess worship and Mother right Isolde is the only daughter and hei

  • Title: Isolde, Queen of the Western Isle
  • Author: Rosalind Miles
  • ISBN: 9781400047864
  • Page: 290
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Isolde, Queen of the Western Isle”

    1. Childish emotions--too overwrought and changeable. Imagery obvious. Writing veers from painfully bad to barely serviceable. Characters appear to have the emotional capacity of twelve-year-olds. I can't really comment on the story, because I was too busy groaning at the writing to notice if the plot was progressing the way the story of Tristan and Isolde should. A smattering of quotes: p. 32 "The noonday sun shone on his silver helmet and the gold torque of knighthood round his neck. Across his b [...]

    2. Tristan and Isolde in this novel seem more like selfish children than star-crossed lovers. They bring most of their troubles upon themselves through pouting and poor decision making.I also couldn't help wondering why it took a love potion to unite these two lovers who were supposedly destined for each other.

    3. I have this trilogy for reference only. I've read Rosalind Miles' Guenevere trilogy, and it's terrible. Quickly reading this and the other two books of the trilogy, I can see that it suffers all the same pitfalls. I don't understand Miles' reputation as an academic, though I suppose being an academic doesn't bar you from writing purple prose in your fiction.Anyway, if you know anything about Rosalind Miles you know what to expect from this: purple prose and syrupy sex and of course, a guise of f [...]

    4. A good book to escape into on a winter's day. The description is beautiful, and the women are strong-willed and full of heart. However, I could have done without some of the "astral plane" talk. Also, Isolde's constant doubt toward Tristan wore on me, and they behaved throughout in a way that I couldn't understand (why mistrust and doubt each other instead of just *talking* to each other?) Overall it was enjoyable, but there were some stiff spots regarding character interrelations that I just co [...]

    5. Isolde: Queen of the Western Isle is a really good retelling of the Tristan + Iseult myth. It was also a good start to a series about the star-crossed lovers Tristan and Isolde. I would recommend it for fans of historical fiction and fantasy with a good romance. I would also recommend it for fans of the movie Tristan and Isolde, with James Franco and Sophia Myles.

    6. Meh.The story is, of course, well known and I had great expectations. I mean - look at that cover!! (I know, I know. You'd think I'd learn by now that the cover means n.o.t.h.i.n.g. but still look at it. It's awesome!).*sigh* the story certainly has a lot to live up too and it was good to be immersed in such old old folklore, but the writing. alas the writing. It just - hmm - it just lacked the magic and intensity and the depth that this story is. Plus, that being said, the writing was incredi [...]

    7. UmI guess it was okay. I mean, if every time something of any consequence happens, good or bad, the proclamations to "Goddess, Mother" is something you enjoy, then yeah. It was okay. Aside from the inept writing and the droning on and on of similies, metaphors, and using "Otherworldly" to describe just about EVERYTHING, it was remedial at best. The characters were droll; very 2 dimentional. I found Isolde too whiny much of the time. Tristan was no one that I would lust after or just need to keep [...]

    8. This story takes place in the time of Arthur and Gwenevere and so reads like a fairytale. Ireland was one of the last places where Goddess-worship and Mother-right disappeared or at least diminished because of Christianity emerging. Rosalind Miles takes these two ideas to their extreme and that is why the book is a light and 'airy-fairy' read. But the age-old story of a princess and her knight is always captivating and this story definitely is. Isolde, the Queen of Ireland's daughter and a renow [...]

    9. 4.5 ****.* stars Hmm how can I put into words what I felt when I was reading this tale. I have done a lot of reading on Tristan and Isolde, but this is the first time that Isolde came to life for me. She took over my life for a few days. As I would quote the Boyfriend "You are back to that book again?? Why don't you watch some tv with me?" lol yes that's how good it was that I was ignoring the BF. :) It had everything a tale of this magnitude should have and more. Why didn't I give it the full f [...]

    10. LOVE THEM!!!! Couldn’t stop reading. After reading the first one I couldn’t wait to pick the 2nd one up at the library I just went out and bought it instead, then two days later I bought the third book!!!! Here is the skinny: before there was Romeo and Juliet, there was Tristan and Isolde; ancient Celtic/Arthurian legend of star crossed lovers. There so many versions of the story but this one I find most inspiring. Told from a feminist perspective it gives power and a life to Isolde’s char [...]

    11. Totally enjoyed Isolde, Queen of the Western Isle by Rosalinde Miles. This is the first installment of this trilogy of Tristan and Isolde. As I love England, I truly 'get into' books that take me back to England which this book surely does. Cornwall, Tintagel, Avalon (Glastonbury in Somerset), Wales, Camelot (Cadbury in Somerset), Lyonesse (a kingdom attached to the southeast corner of Cornwall extending further south & east which eventually sunk), and London (which is my favorite city of al [...]

    12. I read this book on the heels of a 900+ page novel written in 18th century England. After reading such a piece of British literature, I found the writing in this book too simple and too easy to read with no challenge. I felt the language too modern and mismatched to the time period of the story. The story and characters were not well developed and "Goddess, Mother" was greatly overused. I love historical fiction but was disappointed with this book. I do not plan to continue with more books of th [...]

    13. "Any rider coming from Ireland had to pass this way." made me raise my eyebrow.Merlin musing on his lifetimes (plural, of course) of waiting, then saying that he had "long awaited" the coming spring made me frown.Calling "the first day of spring," by which I can only assume she means the Vernal Equinox, a "short day" made me mutter under my breath.The sea-bird looking at Merlin "with an angry, tender eye" and saying (without words, of course) "D'you hear, Merlin?" made me put the book down.That [...]

    14. Favorite QuotesTo face a man in combat is challenge enough. To find the goddess in a woman is the life work of a man. Hard though the first may be, the second is the harder longer road. But every man seeks the woman of the dream, and only the best of men finds what he seeks.True lovers may never know what love means. A man may love a woman out of his reach. She does not know he loves her, and he will never speak of it.

    15. One of the few books I've ever been unable to finishAs I reached the misunderstanding I just couldn't look at the book anymore, it reminded me of a bad sitcom.Maybe I'll try reading it again someday, not not anytime some.

    16. I loved this book, the begining of a trilogy. I adore stories based in this time period, and this one did not dissapoint me.

    17. I first read this in 2008 and found it tolerable but unremarkable. I'm a sucker for pretty covers, though, so I thought I'd try it again this year.It was awful.Full disclosure: I didn't reread the whole thing. I seriously have no idea how I read it the first time. From the lame prose to the irritating Goddess, Mother!s every few words, the first third of this book was unequivocally displeasing. Foremost among its battalion of problems: Isolde's mother. I have no problem with women who own their [...]

    18. I actually did not finish this book. It didn't entice me or draw me in, and I found myself having to force myself to read the pages I did. The biggest chunk of my reading came during a short flight, and even with such focus, it still offered little in the way of compelling page turning. I have too many books on my shelf waiting to be read than to waste my time on one that just doesn't resonate with me.

    19. I read about the first 40 pages. Miles clearly put a lot of time into the writing, with some beautiful scenery, colors, and obscure medieval details. However, a lot of the characters are so juvenile that it reads more like Monty Python or The Princess Bride than an epic love story. I didn't want to commit to it.

    20. It took an awful lot to get into the story, and I almost gave up a few times. Glad I stuck with it, it was good - it picked up steam as I went.

    21. I had vague memories of reading this several years ago when i first discovered the Arthurian stories of Tristan and Isolde. I was anxious to read any possible adaptations of this love story, and found this series. I couldn't remember much of anything, so decided to re-read it again now, and found myself disappointed in my memories. This book follows the first half of the classic Tristan and Isolde cycle, wherein Sir Tristan, knight of the Round Table comes to Cornwall to serve his uncle, King Ma [...]

    22. Isolde Queen of the Western Isle by Rosalind Miles is a fantastic book! Miles writes the story of the original star crossed lovers Isolde and Tristan in a way I haven’t read before. The two heroes are briefly mentioned in myths but this book to me was splendid.Isolde is a strong and courageous woman who has to deal with her overbearing mother who wants to go to war with Cornwall. Isolde’s mother sends her knight Marhaus to challenge King Mark of Cornwall for his thrown but King Mark sends Tr [...]

    23. This book caught my eye because of my obsession with anything having to do with the Tristan and Iseult legends. Unfortunately, this book didn't really do it for me.I really, really did not like Isolde. I was already inclined to dislike her right off the bat, anyway, because the first few chapters of the book before we meet her consist mainly of the other characters talking about how wonderful she is. When we finally do meet Isolde, she comes across as sort of a brat, which just made me dislike h [...]

    24. I never really knew the basis behind the Tristan and Isolde story, except from the movie version. This book is mainly linked to the mystical Avalon tales and focuses on the Great Mother goddess, and the three ladies (the Lady of the Lake being the one Isolde knew when she as at Avalon the same time that Guunevere was there). Clearly, Isolde is bound to Ireland and will be the future queen after her mother dies. She loves Tristan after she healed him from mortal wounds made when he fought the Que [...]

    25. My reccomendation"In a golden time of Arthur and Guenevere, the island of the West shone in the sea Isolde is the only daughter and heiress of Ireland's great ruling queen" I have always loved the Tristan and Isolt myth a love as passionate and doomed as Romeo and Juliet. What Rosalind Miles has breathed into this myth is passion, magic, strength . This first book focuses on Isolt and her mother. Ireland is one of the few country's left that honors the Goddess faith. As her mother battles with t [...]

    26. While this story was an interesting take on the story of King Arthur and his knights, I decided to stop reading this book halfway through. This was due to the male characters in the book; every man was portrayed as a lustful human being. Even Merlin had a woman on his mind at some point, but it isn't the thinking of women that I was bothered by. Even from the beginning, we see a man who is definitely having non-marital relations with a queen. While some descriptions were a little troubling, they [...]

    27. I love this time period in history. The time of King Arthur and his knights. The varying tales of passionate love, court betrayals, the battle between the ways of old (druids) and new (christianity), and the ever present struggle for power between men and women. Tristan and Isolde has long been a romantic and tragic tale, but Rosalind Miles manages to capture all the romance and tragedy while bringing a fresh look to the tale. The love of Tristan and Isolde being a result of a love potion Isolde [...]

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