Title: The Du Lac Princess (The Du Lac Chronicles #3)
Author: Mary Anne Yarde
Publication: October 30, 2017
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Genre: Historical Fiction
SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads)
The multi award-winning series The Du Lac Chronicles continues:
War is coming…
The ink has dried on Amandine’s death warrant. Her crime? She is a du Lac.
All that stands in the way of a grisly death on a pyre is the King of Brittany. However, King Philippe is a fickle friend, and if her death is profitable to him, then she has no doubt that he would light the pyre himself.
Alan, the only man Amandine trusts, has a secret and must make an impossible choice, which could have far-reaching consequences — not only for Amandine, but for the whole of Briton.
**A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.**
When the author asked me to review the third book in her series, I am fairly certain you could hear my very unprofessional squeal of delight a mile away. I couldn’t wait to read the next installment of the Du Lac Chronicles.
The story continues the tale of the Du Lac family: Merton, Alden, Annis, the returned Garren and Amandine. When we last left all our characters, Merton was fighting for his brother Alden against Philippe while Garren had suddenly returned from being “lost at sea” for the last several years. The story starts shortly after the last book “The Du Lac Devil” ended. Merton is being tortured and is killed or so we are lead to believe. Amandine, overcome with grief, collapses. She is given to the Abbey to be nursed back to health. They instead abuse her. They shave her head, beat her and tell her she is possessed by Satan because she has lain with the Du Lac Devil–Merton. She is locked in a small cell with a straw mat and rats for company. As the story continues, Alden receives a letter letting him know that “Galahad” has left the city where he had been staying. Alden fears for what Galahad will do when gets where he is going. Alden sends Garren and some of Merton’s old men to find him and bring him back. They eventually find him and return him home to Alden. Amandine is rescued from the squalor she is living in and nursed back to health on the order of Philippe. Will we find out what happened to Merton? Will Amandine even get out from under Philippe’s thumb?
Oh, this book!! I gave me all the feels. I was left shocked by what happened to Amandine while she was supposed to be under the loving care of the monks in the Abbey. Sadden when the author killed off one of my favorite characters. Relived when everything ended up absolutely perfect in the end. This book was just like I wasn’t even reading a new book. It carried on just as if I had just turned that page and started a new chapter. This third installment flows very nicely into the storyline. I am waiting with bated breath for the next book. I am so excited that the author has decided to write more than just three books in this series. I have fallen in love with all of the characters and cannot wait to find out what else she has in store for our heroes.
STAR RATING: 5/5
You can get your copy of The Du Lac Princess, book three in the Du Lac Chronicles, now on Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Also make sure to add it to your To Reads list on Goodreads and leave feedback for the author when you are finished. Make sure to check out books one and two in the Du Lac Chronicles as well. Both are available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. A review of both books one and two here from previous reviews.