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Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite
Dawnflight by Kim Headlee is volume one in a series on the Arthurian legend. This is an ambitious work on a subject and characters that many writers have tackled. Ms Headlee sets herself apart by making the story about Gyanhumara, or as she is more commonly known Queen Gwenivere. The story begins with Gyanhumara preparing to meet Urien, one of Arthur's commanders and the man she is expected to marry as part of a peace treaty forced on her clan when Arthur defeats them. There are many reasons Gyanhumara should marry Urien. He is a handsome, respected warrior and heir to the chieftainship of clan Moran. The land of their two clans border each other and a marriage between the next chief of one and female leader of the other will make both clans stronger. The marriage also fits into the plans of Arthur to strengthen and unite Britons against Saxon and Irish invaders. It makes absolutely no sense at all for Gyanhumara and Arthur to fall in love, which of course makes for a great love story.
Dawnflight is a tale reeking of historical authenticity and detail. The use of archaic names for people and places gives this novel a tone and feel many novels about this era lack. The descriptions of life in an England beset with fractious strife between clans and the constant threat of invasion is very convincing. Ms Headlee does a great job weaving plot, character, and setting into a very wonderful story.