Windsor’s Brides of Alba series soars, with vividly drawn characters and impeccable research that brings the Arthurian setting fully to life. Faith and love are beautifully matched in this latest triumph. The series should be read in order, and readers will want to discuss these books with friends for hours.
Merlin Emrys is dead, and Alyn O’Byrne has returned from his priestly studies to attend the funeral. His foster sister Kella, scribe to Queen Gwenyfar, is shocked and saddened by news from the battle front: her fiancé is dead, her father missing. Defying the queen’s orders, Kella sets out to find her father, with Alyn’s help. Alyn wrestles with disillusionment while they endure a perilous journey, made more dangerous by the secrets they keep. (DAVID C. COOK, Jun., 320 pp., $14.99)