Saturday, May 4, 2013

"Shadow of Stone," by Ruth Nestvold

Book Two of the unforgettable Pendragon Chronicles, this much-loved historical fiction carries you back to the early Arthurian days of England - and tells of one woman's fight to rule the kingdom of her dead husband while facing war, plotting, romance, intrigue and betrayal. Get it for $2 off today!

Shadow of Stone (The Pendragon Chronicles), by Ruth Nestvold

"I've always enjoyed historical romances from this period of time, and was captivated by Ms. Nestvold's writing. It reminded me of Marion Zimmer Bradley's "Avalon" series. Was honored and thrilled to receive "Shadow of Stone". Her research of the period seems right on in both "Yseult" and in "Shadow of Stone", as both stories show the lifestyle of the times and the day-to-day living during periods of war and peace. In addition, the twists and turns of the plot kept me wanting more. I was truly captivated with these stories, and am hoping she'll continue the series following the lives of not only Yseult, Cador and their companions, but that of Kustennin and Riona as well." -- Amazon reviewer

This weekend, May 4-5, Shadow of Stone is on sale for only $2.99!

For over ten years, there has been peace in Britain after Arthur and his warriors soundly defeated the Saxons at the battle of Caer Baddon. But sometimes peace is deceptive ...

After a series of hard winters and famine, an alliance of dissatisfied northern kings attack the rich cities of Southern Britain. But in the years of peace, Arthur's army has grown soft; jealousies and trivialities rip once strong alliances apart. Cador, who is mockingly referred to as "farmer king," must go to war again. The threat to their way of life throws him together with Yseult, the woman he has secretly loved since he was a youth.

But can their politically expedient marriage help bring peace to Britain again? Or will it only lead to further conflict? As betrayals both real and imagined shake the foundations of former British unity, Cador and Yseult must try to negotiate their own personal peace. Who will survive the upheavals to come? Will Britain rally once more behind a common leader to fight off the common threat?

Shadow of Stone


There was once a woman, fair as the moon, who lived most of her life beyond the realm of legend. As she stood beside the grave of her lover, the legend that ended with his death was far from her mind. Her soul felt as dark as the shadow cast by Drystan's standing stone, dark and barren. Love was over, but life was not; she would have to find a way to go on, for the sake of their son.

This is the story of how Yseult outlived the legend that had been her life.

Praise for Ruth Nestvold:


"... an excellent up-and-comer." - Cory Doctorow at Boing Boing


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Meet the Author

Since about the age six, Ruth Nestvold wanted to be a writer (besides wanting to be a singer and an actress and President of the United States), but for too many years she put practical pursuits first and writing fiction second. After completing a Ph.D. in literature and working as lecturer and assistant professor at the University of Stuttgart and the University of Freiburg, she took time off from academic pursuits to attend the Clarion West Writers Workshop, a six week "boot camp" for writers of science fiction and fantasy. She learned more there than she could have dreamed possible, changed her priorities, and gave up theory for imagination. Two years later, she sold her first short story to the acclaimed science fiction magazine, Asimov's. Since then, she has sold over forty pieces of short fiction to a variety of markets, including Baen's Universe, Strange Horizons, Scifiction, F&SF, Realms of Fantasy, and several year's best anthologies. She has been nominated for the Nebula, the Sturgeon, and the Tiptree awards. In 2007, the Italian translation of her novella "Looking Through Lace" won the "Premio Italia" for best international work. Her novel Yseult appeared in German translation as Flamme und Harfe with Random House Germany and has since been translated into Dutch and Italian. It is now available as an ebook in the original English. It was followed in June 2012 by the second book in the Pendragon Chronicles, "Shadow of Stone" (http://pendragonchronicles.wordpress.com). She taught creative writing for a semester at the University of Stuttgart, participates regularly in online writing workshops, and founded the Villa Diodati workshop for English-speaking writers of speculative fiction in Europe. She maintains a web site at www.ruthnestvold.com.

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