The Recruit [House of Pendragon Series Book 2]
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by Debra Kemp
Category: Historical Fiction/Romance
Description: Sequel to the EPPIE-nominated The House Of Pendragon, Book I: The Firebrand... In the long-anticipated second novel of her original House of Pendragon series, Debra A. Kemp continues the extraordinary story of King Arthur's estranged daughter, Lin. Adjusting from her life as an orphaned and abused slave to that of Arthur, the Pendragon's daughter does not prove an easy task for young Lin. She struggles to adapt and find her place within the sumptuous palace walls of Camelot. Her mother, Queen Gwenhwyfar, expects Lin to conform to the life of royalty and the duties of a princess, including an arranged marriage. But having survived the cruelty of life as Modred's slave, Lin wants more than a tedious life of weaving and gossip within the world of women. Rejected by her cold, unloving mother, Lin seeks the role of training to become a soldier. Her fighting spirit meets resistance at every turn. Can Lin prevail as a recruit in the Pendragon's army? Or will her past return to haunt her?
eBook Publisher: Amber Quill Press, 2007
eBookwise Release Date: March 2007
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Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [440 KB]
Reading time: 258-361 min.
"The second installment in Debra Kemp's House of Pendragon series, The Recruit continues the enthralling story of King Arthur's young daughter, Lin. After surviving the horrors of slavery, the princess is thrown into another world nearly as repugnant when she meets her unloving mother, Queen Gwenhywfar. Self-doubt plagues Lin, but it also fuels her relentless determination not to bow to the snobbish queen's demands. Instead, she takes on the insurmountable task she hopes will keep her close to the father she adores--the task of becoming one of his knights. Both an original twist on an old legend and a timeless reflection of the Arthurian era, The Recruit is a story that resonates with fresh vision and searing authenticity. A highly recommended read."--Kathleen Cunningham Guler, Author of The Anvil Stone
"Are we doomed to repeat our past if something dramatic is not done to change our fate? Can each of us find the strength within to make a better life for ourselves? Debra Kemp gives us that hope through Lin, a strong but branded woman who struggles to embody the nobility that is possible in all of us."--Kate Chaplin, Author of The Belief Test: Questions to ask Yourself on the Journey of Life
Cai grinned. "It's true, lass. Whatever your idealistic visions might be," he said, winking at Dafydd. "Men sit in these chairs at Beltane and Samhain. Oft times it's a marvel that anything gets settled here. But your da has a way."
"What is his magic?"
"Magic? My brother is as human as the rest."
"But any man who can envision this"--my hand caressed the Table--"and make it a reality..."
"Exactly, lass. I never said he was not special. Any other questions?"
I had many, but did not wish to detain him from his work any longer.
I shook my head and thanked him.
"I am always at your service, lass. And Dafydd's. Never hesitate to ask."
We regarded each other for what seemed a long time. Then Cai's gaze shifted to the Round Table behind me.
"Seat of Peril," Cai said with a chuckle. "I dare say, you are a bard in the rough, lad."
Dafydd's cheeks reddened, as Cai patted his shoulder.
Still grinning, the Seneschal left, reminding us to close the shutter.
I turned to the Round Table again, extending my arms as though to embrace my father's dream.
A wicked thought possessed me. I stroked the edge of the Table where the name would be.
"You said no living man would sit here, Dafydd. I'm not a man."