Arthur the High King of Breatein has fallen captive of a longtime enemy, the Saxon warrior-princess Camilla, who lusts to avenge the death of her betrothed at Gyan’s hands and will stop at nothing, even the black arts, to achieve her goal. Because Gyan and Arthur have grown estranged, she fears that Arthur may side with Camilla and make her his new queen.
Now Gyan must face all her demons—public as well as private.
Targeted Age Group:: Age 13 to adult
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
This story dates to my phase — 20+ years ago — of my experimentation with including “traditional” fantasy elements in my historical Arthurian series titled The Dragon’s Dove Chronicles (Dawnflight, Morning’s Journey, et al). I found it quite by accident recently on a flash drive that I hadn’t accessed in awhile and decided it would be a great offering for my fans while I finish writing book 3, Raging Sea.
As with all my fiction, The Challenge has been professionally edited and graced with a professionally designed cover branded with the teal color scheme indicative of my shortest works in The Dragon’s Dove Chronicles series.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
My Arthurian characters are bred from decades of research and study of the ancient legends and their more recent interpretations by other authors. The hallmark of all my fiction, Arthurian and otherwise, lies in portraying strong but flawed characters who evolve (for better or for worse) via their interactions with each other. This applies to minor as well as major characters in each of my books.
Gyan, the central character of The Challenge, represents my primary literary mission with The Dragon’s Dove Chronicles: to present a Guinevere character the reader can actually =like=, for a change.
Upon reaching Gyan’s side, Angusel thrust a scroll into her hand, his gaze softening. Her stomach knotted. It took all her strength of will to keep her hands from trembling as she broke the seal and unrolled the parchment to read its contents.
She had expected word of Arthur’s condition, couched in threats. Not this.
Camilla had issued a personal challenge to end the impasse by single combat in front of Gyan’s troops. If Gyan declined the challenge, violated the terms, or lost the fight, her crown would be declared forfeit.
Gyan crushed the parchment in her fist.
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