Saxon barbarians threaten to destroy medieval Wales. Lady Branwen becomes Wales' last hope to unite their divided kingdoms when her father betroths her to a powerful Welsh warlord, the Hammer King. But the fledgling alliance is fraught with enemies from within and without as Branwen becomes the target of assassination attempts and courtly intrigue. A young woman in a world of fierce warriors, she seeks to assert her own authority and preserve Wales against the barbarians. But when she falls for a young hedge knight named Artagan, her world threatens to tear itself apart.
Caught between her duty to her people and her love of a man she cannot have, Branwen must choose whether to preserve her royal marriage or to follow her heart. Somehow she must save her people and remain true to herself, before Saxon invaders and a mysterious traitor try to destroy her.
Branwen's story combines elements of mystery and romance with Noce's gift for storytelling.
Mark Noce takes readers deep into medieval Wales during a great period of conflict - invasions by Saxon barbarians. Lady Branwen, like many women of her era, are used as pawns and betrothed to men to form powerful alliances between families and royal houses. In Branwen's case, she is betrothed to a rough and brutal warlord named the Hammer King. When she encounters a young knight named Artagan, an abiding love blossoms between them.
The world recreated by Mark Noce is fraught with danger, intrigues, and battles, and it gives the reader a very real experience into this dark, medieval period. There is plenty of action and betrayal, assassinations and mystery, and a wonderful love story! As a lover of medieval stories, I loved this novel very much. Definitely recommended.