Monday, May 15, 2023

Review Tour & Giveaway: The Lady of the Mirrored Lake (The Wild Rose and The Sea Raven Trilogy, Book Two) by Jennifer Ivy Walker


(The Wild Rose and the Sea Raven Trilogy, Book 2)
Jennifer Ivy Walker

Paranormal Medievel Romance
Publisher: Wild Rose Press
Publication Date: January 23, 2023
Page count: 382 pages



Hunted by the Black Widow Queen, Issylte--a healer with the verdant magic of the forest--must flee Avalon with the two finest knights in the Celtic realm, both wrongly accused of treason. The trio travels to Bretagne, where Issylte heals a critically injured wolf and obtains fiercely loyal, shapeshifting allies.
In mystical Brocéliande, Issylte becomes a warrior priestess of the Tribe of Dana and otherworldly mate of the Blue Knight of Cornwall, discovering with Tristan a passion that transcends all bounds. When she becomes the Lady of the Mirrored Lake, sworn to defend the sacred waters of the Goddess, Issylte must undertake a perilous quest to discover what priceless object lies hidden in its murky depths.
As a nascent evil emerges in a fetid cave, Issylte and Tristan must face a diabolical trio that threatens their lives, their love, and their kingdoms.

Enchanted. Enflamed. Entwined. Can their passion and power prevail?



Becoming a Warrior Priestess of the Tribe of Dana

“When a new priestess is inducted, a warrior is selected to worship the Goddess within her.” Laudine nodded to Tristan, who rose to his feet, all the while staring expectantly at Issylte, his intense eyes aflame. Issylte’s legs trembled under her gown.  Laudine announced to Issylte, her golden eyes glowing in the firelight, “Tristan will complete the final step in your induction into our Tribe.”
Holding her gaze with his mesmerizing blue eyes, Tristan strode confidently up to Issylte. The warrior who would welcome her into the Tribe of Dana.  Issylte’s mouth went dry, her legs quivering at his approach.  Power emanated from him, a magnetic aura that beckoned with promise. And made her magic sing.


5 stars!

The continuing story of the delightful THE WILD ROSE AND THE SEA RAVEN Trilogy!
The Lady of the Mirrored Lake is the second book in author Jennifer Ivy Walker's wonderful fantasy trilogy, The Wild Rose and The Sea Raven, and continues with the epic tale of Issylte and Tristan, where the first volume left off. Although this could be read as a standalone novel, with perseverance in catching up, I highly recommend readers begin with the previous book in this delightful trilogy.
Issylte and Tristan, and many supporting characters, return, and the story begins with their flight from Britain to Bretagne to elude the Black Widow Queen and plot their future course of action to stop her evil plans. The underlying story to this point is based on fairytales collected from various European mythos, combined and reimagined into a new and fresh epic tale. I loved the world the author has created as the setting for the trilogy, but especially the incorporation of magical and mythical creatures (and there are plenty to enjoy!)
Issylte is a lovely character, kind and good, who has been through so much personal tragedy in her young life, losing so many people she's loved and who loved her. She grows from an innocent child to a worthy young woman, a deserving underdog in her fight against her wicked stepmother. I couldn't help but root for her, and her point of view has been my favorite all along.
Tristan has carried a load of grief and guilt on his young shoulders since childhood; however, his past spurred him to make the most of himself as an ultimate warrior to avenge his family's murders, which makes a more recent betrayal all the more heartbreaking and grievous. I liked that he, too, was gifted with magical abilities, not just Issylte.
As this is a direct continuation of the story from book one, the action and intrigue are in full swing from the first page. It is a story full of adventure, magic, and romance. Once again, I was surprised at how easily I was absorbed by the story, sitting down to read 'just a chapter or two' and realizing much later that many pages had been turned and a couple of hours had elapsed. I think the author's descriptions of people, places, and things create such vivid scenes that I just fell into the story without any effort. I'm looking forward to book three with much anticipation; I feel compelled to find out how this all resolves. 

I recommend THE LADY OF THE MIRRORED LAKE to readers who enjoy the fantasy genre, fairytales, Arthurian legends, and stories set in ancient Ireland, England, and France.

See my review of Book One in the Trilogy, The Wild Rose and The Sea Raven, HERE!


Enthralled with legends of medieval knights and ladies, dark fairy tales and fantasies about Druids, wizards and magic, Jennifer Ivy Walker always dreamed of becoming a writer. She fell in love with French in junior high school, continuing her study of the language throughout college, eventually becoming a high school teacher and college professor of French.
As a high school teacher, she took her students every year to the annual French competition, where they performed a play she had written, "Yseult la Belle et Tristan la Bête"--an imaginative blend of the medieval French legend of "Tristan et Yseult" and the fairy tale "Beauty and the Beast", enhanced with fantasy elements of a Celtic fairy and a wicked witch.
Her debut novel, "The Wild Rose and the Sea Raven"--the first of a trilogy-- is a blend of her love for medieval legends, the romantic French language, and paranormal fantasy. It is a retelling of the medieval French romance of "Tristan et Yseult", interwoven with Arthurian myth, dark fairy tales from the enchanted Forest of Brocéliande, and otherworldly elements such as Avalonian Elves, Druids, forest fairies and magic.
Explore her realm of Medieval French Fantasy. She hopes her novels will enchant you.


The author will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly chosen winner.


Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Jennifer Ivy Walker said...

Thank you so much for hosting me, and for this FABULOUS review of The Lady of the Mirrored Lake!

Bea LaRocca said...

Thank you for sharing your awesome review of The Lady of the Mirrored Lake, this is a must read book and series for me and I can't wait to get started!

Madonna said...

I think I need to update my eye glass prescription because when I was doing the pins, I thought the one said the Wild Rose and the Sex Raven and I was like what the heck is a sex raven? lol