Featured: The Kingfisher by D.K. Marley
Review: “I felt that the stories within The Kingfisher invited me to join in on a satisfying journey of self-discovery, love, and betrayal.”
The past, future, and Excalibur lie in her hands.
Wales, 1914. Vala Penrys and her four sisters find solace in their spinster life by story-telling, escaping the chaos of war by dreaming of the romantic days of Camelot.
When the war hits close to home, Vala finds love with Taliesin Wren, a mysterious young Welsh Lieutenant, who shows her another world within the tangled roots of a Rowan tree, known to the Druids as ‘the portal’.
One night she falls through, and suddenly she is Vivyane, Lady of the Lake – the Kingfisher – in a divided Britain clamoring for a High King.
What begins as an innocent pastime becomes the ultimate quest for peace in two worlds full of secrets, and Vala finds herself torn between the love of her life and the salvation of not only her family but of Britain, itself.
Meet DK Marley:
Historical Fiction author specializing in Shakespearean adaptations, Tudor era historicals, Colonial American historicals, alternate historicals, and historical time-travel.
D. K. Marley is also the CEO of The Historical Fiction Company, and The Hist Fic Chickie Blog and Podcast.
Review by Malve Von Hassell;
If you are into tales of King Arthur, then this book is for you. The Kingfisher reads like a dream within a dream within a dream.
It is set in various times periods, shifting from World War I to the legendary time of King Arthur and his famous knights of the round table, the equally legendary time before the birth of King Arthur, and even into an alternate World War II.
It tells the story of five sisters, for the most part from the perspective of Vala, who on another plane is Viviane the Lady of the Lake, also known as the kingfisher.
Their stories intertwine with the legendary figures surrounding King Arthur.
The writing is fluid, and the author skillfully draws on the immense and rich repertoire of English poetry and literature.
There are several interlinked storylines, all filled with adventure, risk, mystery, and love, within the context of a complicated relationship among sisters who are trying to unravel the mystery surrounding their parents while dealing with temptations and relationships in their own time as well as in the alternate reality in which they find themselves.
This makes for a great read; meanwhile, the author does not shy away from raising difficult questions about destiny, choice, and free will, as well as the role of writers who in her words can be like storytellers that “meld into the characters of their choosing,” and are “travelers dispensing our tales throughout time.” Thought provoking and alluring.
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