Legend of the Emerald Rose
It is no surprise that Legend of the Emerald Rose was the 2005 ACFW Book of the Year in 2005 and nominated for a Christy award in 2006. Linda Wichman has penned an epic tale of lore, loyalty and love and I was still completely enthralled when reading it for the third time for this review! Shadoe is a man of integrity and courage mixed with the vulnerability of a young boy traumatized by the loss of those he loved. Rayn is delightful as she transforms from a warrior waif into the regal princess she is, fighting it all the way. The attraction between the two is spirited and sparks fly with every interaction. Linda is not shy about revealing their true feelings which makes for an authentic read. Needless to say Linda does not restrict her excellent character development to the main protagonists. Merlin, Lancelot, Mordred and Niamh, Shadoe's estranged mother, are beautifully portrayed and you are transported to the shores of Camelot and the time of knights and maidens when the fight between good and evil was a noble and vital quest. This book would rate as one of my all time favorites and I would love to see a sequel. That being said I would read anything that Linda produces in the future.
June 28, 2007
Linda Wichman weaves an intriguing tale of romantic fantasy about Rayn, the daughter of King Arthur and Queen Guenevere. Although I've read almost all the novels about Arthur, this is the first in which his heir is the main character. Merlin's son, Shadoe, plays the role of the hero, and the sparks of attraction and antagonism between them light the way throughout the challenges they face together. Most stories of the legendary king are steeped in magic and mysticism. Wisely, Wichman chose not to ignore that legacy, but instead incorporated the myths as the power of God working in His children. In contrast, she also shows clearly that Satan has the strength to help those who follow him. Vivid description abounds amid the struggle of good vs. evil as Shadoe and Rayn work together to save the island. I look forward to Wichman's future novels.
January 16, 2006
Christian fans of Arthurian legend will love this book, as I did. The story begins with Arthur's death, followed closely by Guenevere's -- but as Mordred slays the queen, he realizes that she has recently given birth! Merlin's son and Arthur's daughter are the two main characters in this beautiful Christian tale.
August 19, 2005
This book was amazing. When I picked it up it was out of curiosity, not particularly because I thought I'd like it--the description sent only a small flicker of interest through me, but it was enough to get me to read the book...Even for those who are not particularly interested in Arthurian legend, this book is enchanting. The way Wichman portrays the characters and gives the story a Christian theme is flawless. I found myself caught up in the story of Shadoe and Rayn--Wichman's character development is amazing. I look forward to more from this author.
June 29, 2005