The Bleak and Empty Sea – A Merlin Mystery
The Tristram and Isolde Story
by Jay Ruud
Pub Date: 11/10/17
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-893035-73-7
When word comes to Camelot that Sir Tristram has died in Brittany of wounds suffered in a skirmish, and that his longtime mistress, La Belle Isolde, Queen of Cornwall, has subsequently died herself of a broken heart, Queen Guinevere and her trusted lady Rosemounde immediately suspect that there is more to the story of the lovers’ deaths than they are being told. It is up to Merlin and his faithful assistant, Gildas of Cornwall, to find the truth behind the myths and half-truths surrounding these untimely deaths. By the time they are finally able to uncover the truth, Gildas and Merlin have lost one companion and are in danger of losing their own lives.
“Jay Ruud’s Merlin may or may not be a wizard, but the author certainly is, with his ability to infuse new energy into the well-loved mythical world of Arthur, once and future King. An imaginatively conjured tale, enlivened by the peripheral point of view of its narrator, Gildas, a young man coming of age in a time of legend. Enchanting!”—Kyran Pittman, New York Times best-selling author of Planting Dandelions
“Fans of medieval mysteries and Arthurian legends will enjoy this imaginative tale of
gallant knights” —Library Journal
“Like Merlin in his clever series, Jay Ruud works his own special kind of magic.”—Trenton Lee Stewart, New York Times best-selling author of The Mysterious Benedict Society series
“Where most modern interpreters of the Arthurian tradition ignore the literary backgrounds of this magnificent cast of characters, Mr. Ruud meticulously provides accurate character genealogies and is refreshingly faithful to the medieval narratives he uses as his sources.”—Janet M. Jesmok, author of Malory and Christianity
“The Bleak and Empty Sea: The Tristram and Isolde Story is a perfect combination of Arthurian legend and a medieval whodunit. It’s a thinking person’s mystery; full of intricate story telling and rich with fascinating details of life in the Middle Ages. I only hope Ruud continues to write more books in the Merlin series.”—Brenda Donelan, author of the University Mystery Series
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