The Ghost in the Sunlight

Kathleen Herbert, Author St. Martin's Press $16.95 (335p) ISBN 978-0-312-00126-1
The violent, chaotic world of seventh century England serves as a vivid background for this tale of ill-fated lovers. Alchflaed, princess of Mercia, is devout, innocent, and convent-bred, but while visiting her father, King Oswy, she comes into brief but brutal contact with warriors from a rival kingdom. Saved by her own quick wits, she begins to envision her future role as queen, hoping to serve as peacemaker to the constantly warring factions. Her father and brother have more immediate plans for her, however, and she must choose between an unwanted marriage or immurement in a convent. The man who will one day be Alchflaed's lover is Prince Meilyr, her father's implacable foe. Like Alchflaed, he is influenced by visions and signs from the spirit world. Their dark story unfolds against the backdrop of a semi-barbaric land, where pagan rites are still mixed with Christian ritual and where witches hold enormous power. In this sequel to her Queen of the Lightning, Herbert has woven her deep knowledge of England's dark ages into a rich tapestry combining the best of romance and adventure. (January 12)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1986
Release date: 01/01/1986
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