Item description for Night Birds' Reign (Dreamer's Cycle) by Holly Taylor...
The High King is dead. The land is in peril. A child has been born to save his people. But a traitor lurks with evil in his mind and murder in his heart, dogging the footsteps of those who protect the babe who would be king. But magic is at work, high magic. Gwydion the Dreamer awakes, screaming, from a prophetic dream of tragedy and loss, a dream peopled by kings of the past. Though he thinks he is not ready, the Shining Ones lay a task upon him: protect young Arthur; and locate Caladfwlch, the lost sword of the last, murdered High King of Kymru. Dodging assassins to find the woman who holds the key to unlock a horrible secret, and fighting the longings of his own shattered heart, Gwydion sets out upon his odyssey. And finds that fate cannot be fulfilled without sacrificing the life of someone he loves.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8" Width: 5" Height: 1.6" Weight: 1.15 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2005
Publisher Medallion Press
ISBN 1932815538 ISBN13 9781932815535
Reviews - What do customers think about Night Birds' Reign (Dreamer's Cycle)?
Expansive, an absolute escape! Oct 26, 2007
Taylor has written an amazing story. The characters are relatable and heroic, yet carry their own flaws and follow their own desires. She has created not only unique, interesting, and fully complex characters, but a wholly new world for them to exist in. A world with its own laws of nature, society, and morality. She draws the reader into this world and doesn't let go, building suspense with every page. Care must be taken to come back to reality gradually, though reluctantly.
NIGHT BIRD'S REIGN Is A Complex, Exciting "Historical" Fantasy Read! Jan 26, 2007
This is primarily the story of Gwydion the Dreamer of Kymru. Different talents had specific titles and duties. There was once a High King but because of betrayal and treachery there hasn't been one for centuries. Arthur is born to Gwydion's brother, King Uthyr of Gwynedd and his Queen, Ygraine. He must first find a way to keep Arthur safe until he reaches manhood for then he will become the next High King of Kymru. Kymru is divided up into five subkingdoms: Gwynedd, Ederynion, Gwytheryn, Prydyn and Rheged each with their own kings and queens.
Once Gwydion has made sure Arthur is being raised in safety he must locate Caladfwlch, the lost sword of the last, murdered High King of Kymru. Arthur cannot reign Kymru without it. However, in his quest to locate this exalted weapon he must have help from captains of these various kingdoms' war bands. Of utmost importance he must find and enlist the help of Rhiannon, a clairvoyant, also known as one of the Dewin who has been missing for several years.
The book moved along at a rapid pace with intrigue and personalities that clash and mesh throughout the plot. The cast of characters is as immense as are their titles. There are multiple lists including a cast of Characters in their detailing their specific location and area of expertise as well as all of the ruling classes, Historical Figures, The Shining Ones and last but certainly not least the well-needed Glossary giving definitions of the Kymru words for the sixth day of the week to what November is called.
It's a richly complex and detailed first novel which only serves to enrich the story. I'm eagerly awaiting the second in this trilogy titled: CRIMSON FIRE, release date: June 2007 and the third is titled: CRY OF SORROW, release date: June 2008.
Night Bird's Reign Jan 10, 2007
An exhilirating book by an up and coming amazing, new author. It's exciting to read Holly Taylor's very first book and I am looking forward to the next one in the series.
Compelling, Can't Put It Down Fantasy Apr 25, 2006
I am a big fan of fantasy novels and this one stands up with the best of them. Ms. Taylor's wonderful detail and imagery allows the reader to "see" the kingdoms, rituals, ect., and feel what the characters feel. Once you pick this one up, you can't put it down. Anxiously awaiting the sequel!
Get ready for emotional dynamics! Apr 6, 2006
reviewed by Sherryl King-Wilds for fantasynovelreview.com
Welcome to Kymru, a land ruled by kings, queens, and the Y Dawnus (the gifted/magical folk: Druids, Bards, Dewin, and the powerful Dreamer). A mysterious enemy threatens Kymru. The land is in need of a High King, a being who can enhance the powers of the Y Dawnus and protect the land.
The gods mark one child at birth as the next High King. As the Dreamer of Kymru, Gwydion ap Awst must ensure that this child remains safe from those who threaten Kymru regardless of whose heart is broken by his actions.
Gwydion must also find the sword Caladfwlch, so the next High King might wield it. Rhiannon--a woman as bitter toward men as Gwydion is toward women--acts as a receptacle of the information necessary to obtain the sword, but she is in hiding and must be found. In addition, finding the sword might bring about the death of one beloved by Gwydion.
This is an epic novel--fat in heft, rich on detail. The characters of Night Birds' Reign really grab the reader, and they do not--let me repeat do not--let go. A well-planned societal structure serves as the backbone of Night Birds' Reign. This strict societal structure will, as the narrative plays out, elicit a wide range of responses from readers, fulfilling the author's job of making the reader really feel all the pain and love weaving through the fabric of Night Birds' Reign. Also, it was nice for a change to see that female characters could inherit, hold positions of rank, and even think for themselves. Kudos to Ms. Taylor.