BOOK REVIEW: The Du Lac Prophecy by Mary Anne Yarde

Title: The Du Lac Prophecy (Book 4)
Author: Mary Anne Yarde
Publication: August 28, 2018
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Genre: Teens, YA Fiction, Historical Fiction
Pages: 547

SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads)

Two Prophesies. Two Noble Households. One Throne.

Distrust and greed threaten to destroy the House of du Lac. Mordred Pendragon strengthens his hold on Brittany and the surrounding kingdoms while Alan, Mordred’s cousin, embarks on a desperate quest to find Arthur’s lost knights. Without the knights and the relics they hold in trust, they cannot defeat Arthur’s only son – but finding the knights is only half of the battle. Convincing them to fight on the side of the Du Lac’s, their sworn enemy, will not be easy.

If Alden, King of Cerniw, cannot bring unity there will be no need for Arthur’s knights. With Budic threatening to invade Alden’s Kingdom, Merton putting love before duty, and Garren disappearing to goodness knows where, what hope does Alden have? If Alden cannot get his House in order, Mordred will destroy them all.

REVIEW:

**A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.**

When I saw the author shared a sneak peek of the cover of her next book on Facebook I instantly loved it.  I then immediately crossed my fingers in hopes of getting an email asking if I would read her next installment.  Lo and behold, a day or two later I got the email that I had been anxiously awaiting.  I promptly answered with a hearty YES!  A few days later I got the ebook version and started to read it. 

The story starts right off where the last book ended. The rescue of Amandine from Philippe and the dreaded Mordred Pendragon.  Amandine is in bad shape.  Merton holds her tight as they sail back to Cerniw and Alden.  The monk Sampson is worried that she won’t make it.  The damage that she did to herself by starvation is extensive as well as the torture that the Church inflicted upon her.  On the shore of Cerniw, Alden is waiting for his brother to return.  He is anxious to see them again.  As the boat gets closer he wades out to it and heaves himself over the edge.  He is shocked at the state of Amandine.  He believes it to be his fault because he was too “chicken” to lead a raid to get her back from the clutches of Mordred.  He sweeps her up in his arms and carries her back to shore, sadden by how light she is to carry.    Merton painfully makes his way to shore.  He has run out of his pain tonic and needs more.  Alden carries Amandine up to his private chambers.  As they get there she has a mental meltdown and is rocking back and forth not seeing anything.  The only person that seems to calm her is Merton.   Meanwhile, as Alan returns back to Cerniw with Merton, he decides that it is time for him to leave and find the Keeper of the Shield.  He sets off on a journey across all the lands accompanied by Bernice, a nun who has fallen in love with him and has renounced her nun-hood in pursuit of their love. Will Alan find the Keeper of the Shield or will he be hoodwinked?   Will Amandine ever recover from her horrible ordeal or will it take a toll on her mentally as well as physically?

My-oh-my this book!  It is action packed from beginning to end.  The book flows extremely well from the end of the last book to this one.  It’s almost as if we just turned a page and started a new chapter.  The author kept us guessing as to what adventure our characters would have next.  You can tell the book is well researched and that the author knew what she was talking about.  You felt some sort of sympathy for King Philippe as he was being used, abused and hung out to dry by Mordred.  You were appalled as Mordred locked all the monks into a room and then lite it on fire.   You cheered Amandine and Merton on as they finally talked about their relationship and the sudden reappearance of her first husband Garren.  My only hope for the next book is that no major characters get killed off.  Judging by the massive cliffhanger she left us on I hope that it doesn’t happen.  I’m waiting with bated breath for the next installment!!

STAR RATING: 5/5

Pick up your copy of book four in the Du Lac Chronicles, The Du Lac Prophecy now on Amazon! You can also pick up books one through three as well. Check out our reviews of The Du Lac Chronicles, The Du Lac Devil (Book 2), and The Du Lac Princess (Book 3) before checking them out. Also make sure to add the book to your To Reads list on Goodreads and leave feedback for the author when you are finished. 

About Elizabeth Cole

Stay-at-home mom to two children and one toddler. I love to read, travel (haven't done it in a while), and cook. Born and raised in Three Rivers, Michigan and currently, reside in Northern Michigan. Can't wait to start sharing my book thoughts/ reviews with you!!

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