(Review) Tristan and Iseult: A Story of Promise The Legend of Love by J.D. Smith
Genre: Myth, medieval story, romance.
Rating: 4 stars for very good.
Source: purchased item.
Available as an ebook at Amazon.
Further links on the mythical story:
Timeless Myths (includes the original full-length tale).
The story at Project Gutenberg.
Tristan and Iseult: A Story of Promise The Legend of Love is a twist on the traditional tale. Tristan is a young battle hardened man. He defends Briton from the Saxon invaders and an Irish tyrant named Morholt. Tristan's king and uncle is Mark. Mark is the king of Kernow. Beautiful Iseult from Ireland regards Morholt with fear and disdain; nevertheless, she must obey Morholt. They travel to Briton and a skirmish erupts changing the course of lives.
I loved the story and read it in one day. It is a romantic story that rustles with passion just below the surface. The characters of Tristan and Iseult are lovers before they display physical affection. I felt their love for one another was genuine. They wanted what was best for each other. There was not a hint of selfishness.
I felt a strong investment in the story from the first page. Iseult needed help. Tristan is the knight in shining armor. Iseult is beautiful and feminine. Tristan is handsome and masculine. Their characters compliment one another.
I disliked the twenty year break in the story followed by a brief end. Since most readers are familiar with the story of Tristan and Iseult we are aware of the ending. I needed (would have liked) an ending that spoke of a continuing love. It just felt as if something was missing at the end.
In the story a "castle" is referred to. I thought castles were introduced in England by William the Conqueror in the 11th century. The story of Tristan and Iseult, and because Tristan is fighting the Saxon invaders, must have a time period of 5th or 6th century. A castle means "fortified place." It could be the author is using the word more for the meaning itself, than my nit-picking about the word castle by historical definition.
Over-all the story is a wonderful romantic tale to take away the chill of autumn.