She raised her radiant face to his. In the depths of her verdant gaze, he glimpsed églantines—the soft pink wild roses of the Hazelwood Forest. Le Miroir aux Fées—the Mirrored Lake she’d defended to become a Priestess of Dana. Where she’d retrieved the orb he would use tomorrow to challenge the wizard. In her emerald eyes, Tristan saw the Forest of Brocéliande, where they were married in the Triple Trinity of their Celtic wedding. The white dove who had flown to save him, imprisoned in the dungeon of Tintagel. In the breadth of an instant, he saw countless images. His father’s castle, le Château d’ Or. A thatched cottage in an enchanted forest. The sacred scabbard she’d crafted for his Elven sword Azeldraig. He, the Dragon Knight of Avalon, whose sea raven soul was eternally entwined with hers. His Wild Rose. His green, golden goddess. His Emerald Fairy.
This is a story I wish I could read for the first time AGAIN!
The Wild Rose and the Sea Raven Trilogy comes to its much-anticipated and exciting conclusion in this final volume, The Emerald Fairy and the Dragon Knight. Author Jennifer Ivy Walker has consistently let out all the stops for these tales of magic, adventure, and the triumph of good over evil, and book three does not disappoint. The only drawback is that the story is now complete.
Familiar faces return, and readers get more of Walker’s marvelous medieval world where heroes and heroines, with names as old as time, come to life. Both Issylte and Tristan have grown over the span of the trilogy and are now in their prime and ready to take back what is theirs. These two have experienced so much, together and apart, and for me, it is like becoming reacquainted with the children of old friends whom I hadn’t seen in quite a while. (It’s only been three months since I read book 2.) I was ready for them to gather their knowledge and resources and win the day. Of course, some great detours along the way draw out the suspense and prolong the tension. However, the love between these two, their tender moments, and the passionate interludes make this story compelling and satisfying.
The leading lady of evil, Issylte’s stepmother, Queen Morag, is an ever-present threat, and her henchmen (throughout the trilogy) have been dark, sinister, and vile. They have regularly wreaked havoc on everyone everywhere. The suspense of wondering what would happen next with these horrible creatures was killer. Walker does evil characters very well.
The world-building for this trilogy has been stellar all along, and this volume maintains that high standard. The variety of people, shapeshifters, clans, tribes, fairies, and other magical beings that play a part in the books is a triumph of creativity and story management. There has to have been a “cast of thousands” to keep up with.
With its non-stop action and plot twists that kept everyone on their toes, this reimagining of the old French fairytale is fresh from start to finish. I recommend THE EMERALD FAIRY AND THE DRAGON KNIGHT to those who have read the first two books of the trilogy, and I highly recommend THE WILD ROSE AND THE SEA RAVEN TRILOGY to readers of romance/medieval romance who enjoy magical elements in their preferred stories, fairytales for adult readers or retellings of fairy tales.
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.
“The Emerald Fairy and the Dragon Knight”—the conclusion of “The Wild Rose and the Sea Raven” trilogy--is a blend of her love for medieval legends, the romantic French language, and paranormal fantasy. It is a paranormal fantasy adaptation of the medieval legend of "Tristan et Yseult" (Tristan and Isolde), 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.
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