Gyanhumara Gyan nic Hymar is a Caledonian chieftainess by birth, a warrior and leader of warriors by training, and she is betrothed to Urien map Dumarec, a son of her clan's deadliest enemy, by right of Arthur the Pendragon's conquest of her people. For the sake of peace, Gyan is willing to sacrifice everything... perhaps even her very life, if her foreboding about Urien proves true.
Arthur map Uther is the bastard son of two worlds, Roman by his father and Brytoni by his mother. Denied hereditary rulership by the elders of Chieftainess Ygraine's clan, Arthur has followed Uther's path to become Dux Britanniarum, the Pendragon: supreme commander of the northern Brytoni army. The Caledonians, Scots, Saxons, and Angles keep him too busy to dwell upon his loneliness... most of the time.
When Gyan and Arthur meet, each recognize within the other their soul's mate. The treaty has preserved Gyan's ancient right to marry any man, providing he is a Brytoni nobleman - but Arthur does not qualify. And the ambitious Urien, Arthur's greatest political rival, shall not be so easily denied. If Gyan and Arthur cannot prevent Urien from plunging the Caledonians and Brytons back into war, their love will be doomed to remain unfulfilled forever.
The detail, the beautiful narration, the emotions and passions, the battles...It took me three days to get through 17 hours of drama, but man was it worth it. I am overwhelmed with the effort it had to take both for the author and the narrator to create this masterpiece. It was extraordinary and authentic in all ways.
If you could sum up Dawnflight in three words, what would they be?
Exciting, enthralling, enlightening.
What other book might you compare Dawnflight to and why?
DAWNFLIGHT does for Guinevere (Gyanhumara) what Marion Zimmer Bradley's MISTS OF AVALON did for Morgan le Fay: it rehabilitates the character from centuries of bad press and delivers a plausible and historically accurate account while remaining faithful to the core legends and mythology.
What does Dorothy Dickson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Dorothy Dickson's delightful native Scots accent marvelously enhances Gyan's viewpoint sections, and those of her clansmen, and her vocal choices for Arthur and the other characters bring the story to life in ways I had never dreamed possible. And her pronunciation of the foreign terms and names is absolutely indispensable to the experience.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
It is difficult to select just one moment! Though the conclusion to Chapter 29 does come to mind... ;-)