St. Martin's Press
On Sale: December 5, 2017
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A continuation of Branwen's story in Between Two
Fires, Dark Winds Rising combines elements of
mystery and romance with author Mark Noce's gift for
Queen Branwen finds her world once again turned upside down
as Pictish raiders harry the shores of her kingdom. Rallying
her people once more, she must face her most dangerous foe
yet, the Queen of the Picts. Ruthless and cunning, the
Pictish Queen turns the Welsh against each other in a bloody
civil war, and Branwen must attempt to stop her before her
country threatens to tear itself apart.
All the while Branwen is heavy with child, and finds her
young son’s footsteps dogged by a mysterious assassin.
Branwen must somehow defeat the Picts and save her people
before the Pictish Queen and a mysterious assassin threaten
to destroy their lives from the inside out.
Set in a time and era in which very little reliable written
records or archeological remains have survived, Mark Noce
bases his novel on primary sources such as St. Gildas (a
Welsh cleric of the era), mythology from the Welsh
Mabinogion, and Arthurian literature. Although the
characters and some of the place names are fictional, the
physical environment, the historical details, and the saga
of the Welsh people is real.
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