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Sasson is the author of six historical novels set in 14th and 15th century
Scotland, England and Wales, including The Bruce Trilogy and Isabeau, A Novel
of Queen Isabella and Sir Roger Mortimer (2011 IPPY Silver Medalist in
Historical Fiction). Her latest release is Uneasy Lies the Crown, A Novel of
Owain Glyndwr. Long after writing about Robert the Bruce and Queen Isabella,
Sasson learned she is a descendant of both.
Arthur’s return, but is this reluctant warrior prince the answer to those
is living out a peaceful gentleman’s life in the Dee Valley of Wales with his
wife Margaret and their eleven children. But when Henry of Bolingbroke, the
Duke of Lancaster, usurps the throne of England from his cousin Richard II,
that tranquility is forever shattered. What starts as a feud with a neighboring
English lord over a strip of land evolves into something greater—a fight for
the very independence of Wales.
armor-clad columns of English, Owain wins key victories over his enemies. After
a harrowing encounter on the misty slopes of Cadair Idris, the English knight
Harry Hotspur offers Owain a pact he cannot resist.
tragedies mount, Owain questions whether he can find the strength within
himself not only to challenge the most powerful monarch of his time, but to
fulfill the prophecies and lead his people to freedom without destroying those
anger. “Damn it! Let him burn this house. Let him level every stone for miles.
I will not have you all dead or taken captive.” All at once, the harsh lines in
his face went soft. “Tudur and Rhys came not an hour ago directly from Ruthin.
Grey’s forces were gathering there. Far more men than he had sworn to limit
himself to bringing here. And I doubt he was headed back to Scotland anytime
soon. We are all in grave danger. I haven’t the means to keep him from taking
this place, if that is his intent.”
Margaret pleaded. “John and Phillip will help us. You can plead your case with
the king or… or some other great lord. Surely there is one who will support
risk? Henry cares not one whit for my case. He has already proven that. Grey is
his pet who may take whatever scraps he can wrest from us as reward for his
loyalty. No, we must save ourselves first. Save the children.”
was too bitter to accept, the implications too far-reaching, the future too
uncertain. “What then? When will I see you again? Where will you go?”
where, perhaps it’s best you don’t know.”
between his and then kissed the ends of her fingers.
mute as a cairn battered by a terrible storm. Minutes passed before she
realized that Owain had walked off and her children and servants were scurrying
past her, urging her to hurry.
back from behind. “It’s time. Sir Owain is outside waiting for you.”
long? A few days? Months? Longer?