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In the Ashes of a Dream: Sequel to Celtic Dreams of Glory (Paperback)

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Set in the turbulent times following the death of the Welsh King Gruffydd ap Llywelyn in 1063, the story follows the lives of the brothers Gwriad and Dafydd who, in the previous novel, Celtic Dreams of Glory, had risen to become the King's most important supporters. With their wives, Angharad and Teifryn, they try to re-establish their former lives in their castle in south-west Wales, but Fate has other plans.

Running parallel with their story is that of the powerful Harold Godwinson, the Saxon Earl of Wessex who, after defeating the Welsh King, has become a national hero and expects to be next in line for the English throne. However, King Edward favours Duke William of Normandy. Gwriad and Dafydd, with other Welsh lords, attack Shrewsbury and destroy Harold's palace near Chester in revenge for his invasion of Wales. During their retreat back to Wales, the Welsh army is ambushed and Gwriad is seriously injured. His long recovery puts pressure on the whole family: Dafydd seeks the affection of the enigmatic Derryth, while Jon, Gwriad's new squire, struggles with his identity.

Harold continues his plotting to become King, and decides to make a lightning attack on Caerdydd. The unsuspecting brothers and their wives are making a journey to Caerdydd at this time, and get separated with tragic results. Months later, Harold becomes King, and the brothers plan to kill him. Their hopeful plan fails, but not before they become involved in the Battle of Hastings. The unexpected ending is a satisfying conclusion to an heroic tale.

Written by Barry Mathias, author of the Ancient Bloodlines Trilogy.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781927755730
ISBN-10: 1927755735
Publisher: Agio Publishing House
Publication Date: November 3rd, 2018
Pages: 376
Language: English

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