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Born of the Sun

(The second book in the Dark Ages of Britain series)
A novel by

Publisher's Weekly
In this beautifully executed continuation of The Road to Avalon , her earlier depiction of sixth-century Britain, Wolf tells the story of Niniane, a Celtic princess, and Ceawlin, bastard son of the King of the West Saxons. Eighty years after the death of Arthur, the Celts are disorganized, drifting away from the cities built by the Romans. The vigorous Saxons, on the other hand, have settled down and become civilized, creating in many ways a more viable culture. Niniane and Ceawlin escape from Winchester, the West Saxon stronghold, after he kills his brother in a fight and is disinherited. With help from the Celts and some dissatisfied Saxon thanes, Ceawlin fights for and claims the Saxon crown. Throughout the years, the couple's family and love grow, as does the Saxon kingdom, more Celts realizing that Saxon rule provides stability in a dangerous age. Ceawlin also must the fight treachery of his father's wife, of his trusted adviser, his best friend and most perilously, of his Celtic brother-in-law. Wolf's vivid picture of life among the Saxons and Celts is well imagined--so little is known about the time--and given an air of authenticity with its attention to detail and acute psychological portrayals.

Library Journal
Sixth-century Britain hasn't often been used as the setting for a novel--little is known about the period--but Wolf has taken names and dates from the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles and built a story around them. The love story of Celtic princess Niniane and Saxon prince Ceawlin is the heart of the novel. When Ceawlin is forced into exile, he and Niniane find refuge with her people. Ceawlin, a gifted leader, gains the loyalty of both Celt and Briton; his destiny is to unite two peoples in one kingdom. Still missing from Wolf's work ( The Road to Avalon, LJ 10/15/88) is a strong sense of time and place, but the plotting is excellent and the main characters and their love story appealing. Buy wherever there's a demand for historical fiction; this is likely to please.-- Beth Ann Mills, New Rochelle P.L., N.Y.

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Hardback Editions

July 1989 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Born of the Sun
Author(s): Joan Wolf
ISBN: 0-453-00666-3 / 978-0-453-00666-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dutton
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Paperback Editions

March 1991 : USA Mass Market Paperback
thumbTitle: Born of the Sun (Onyx)
Author(s): Joan Wolf
ISBN: 0-451-40225-1 / 978-0-451-40225-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Berkley
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August 1990 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Born of the Sun
Author(s): Joan Wolf
ISBN: 0-586-20806-2 / 978-0-586-20806-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Grafton
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Kindle Editions

October 2015 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Born of the Sun
Author(s): Joan Wolf
Publisher: Ten Talents Press
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