IN THE ASHES OF A DREAM

IN THE ASHES OF A DREAM

(Sequel to CELTIC DREAMS OF GLORY)

Set in the turbulent times following the death of the Welsh King Gruffydd ap Llywelyn in 1063, the story follows the lives of the brothers Gwriad and Dafydd who, in the previous novel Celtic Dreams of Glory, had risen to become the King’s most important supporters. With their wives, Angharad and Teifryn, they try to re-establish their former lives in their castle in South West Wales. But, both men find it hard to settle down in this quiet back water after their exhilarating years of political and military involvement in the defence of Wales.

Running parallel with their story is that of the powerful Harold Godwinson, the Saxon Earl of Wessex, as he struggles to convince the childless King Edward of England that he, Harold, should be the next in line for the throne. After defeating the Welsh King, Harold has become a national hero and assumes he will automatically be king following the death of the sick monarch, but Edward favours Duke William of Normandy.

Gwriad and Dafydd join forces with other Welsh lords to attack Shrewesbury and destroy Harold’s palace near Chester in revenge for his invasion of Wales. Meanwhile, Angharad and Father Williams fight off an attack by Pictish raiders. During their retreat back to Wales the brothers have to defend themselves from a determined enemy, and Gwriad is seriously injured. His long recovery puts pressure on the whole family: Dafydd seeks the affection of the enigmatic Derryth, while Jon, Gwriad’s new squire, struggles with his identity.

Harold has to cope with his unruly brother, Tostig, while continuing his plotting to become King. He decides to make a lightning attack on Caerdydd and is forced to retreat. The unsuspecting brothers and their wives are making a journey to Caerdydd at this time, and get separated with tragic results.

Months later, Harold becomes King, and the brothers plan to kill him. Their hopeful plan fails, but not before they become involved in the Battle of Hastings. The unexpected ending is a satisfying conclusion to an heroic tale.

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CELTIC DREAMS OF GLORY

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This is my fourth novel, which was published at the end of June 2013.

The story is set in Wales in pre-Norman times. This unusual and gripping novel deals with a time period that few writers have explored. In 1039 the Welsh defeated a huge Saxon army at the Battle of Rhyd-y-Groes. The Celtic forces were led by the charismatic Gruffyd ap Llewelyn, King of Powys and Gwynedd. The story follows the battles and personal triumphs of his gradual rise to become the first and only King of All Wales in 1057, and embraces the lives of his two greatest supporters, Gwriad and Dafydd, the sons of the famous General Cydweli.

The novel accurately portrays the poverty and aspirations of the Welsh people, the stark beauty of their landscape, and brings historical relevance to the rise and fall of Wales’ greatest King. Amid the plotting of the Welsh nobles and the bloody battles with Saxons, Gwriad and Dafydd remain loyal to their King. They marry unusual women, rise to great importance, but are unprepared for the sudden and awful reversal of their dreams.

 

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Welcome to my  web/blog site.  I am a full-time author of historical fiction, short stories, and poems.

My previous novels include The Ancient Bloodlines Trilogy: Book 1The Power in the Dark, Book 2: Shadow of the Swords; Book 3: Keeper of the Grail. For more information on this trilogy click on the relevant page. I have published a collection of poems called Ebb Tide and two collections of short stories called One For Sorrow, Two For Joy, and Wolf Howl. To read about these publications click on the relevant pages.

LATEST NEWS!

The sequel to Celtic Dreams of Glory entitled In the Ashes of a Dream is almost finished and the publication date will be posted on this site when it is available.

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