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Rebel: A Novel (The Brides of Alba Series) by Linda Windsor

Rebel: A Novel (The Brides of Alba Series) by Linda Windsor

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Published by David C Cook
With Merlin dead, the succession undecided, and the Celtic church on the defensive from Rome, intrigue sweeps the court of the High King Arthur. But it’s battlefield news that consumes Queen Gwenhyfar’s young scribe, Kella O’Toole: her fiancé is dead and her father gone missing. Determined to find him at all costs, Kella defies the queen’s orders and sets out for Pictish territory. Her foster brother Alyn, a disillusioned priest who questions his calling, agrees to help her. The journey itself is perilous. But it’s their secrets that land Kella and Alyn in a viper’s nest of treachery that threatens both their lives and the future of Albion. Can they summon the love and faith they need to find their way not only out of danger, but into happiness? Brilliantly researched, vividly imagined, and movingly written—a memorable climax to the Brides of Alba series.
With Merlin dead, the succession undecided, and the Celtic church on the defensive from Rome, intrigue sweeps the court of the High King Arthur. But it’s battlefield news that consumes Queen Gwenhyfar’s young scribe, Kella O’Toole: her fiancé is dead and her father gone missing. Determined to find him at all costs, Kella defies the queen’s orders and sets out for Pictish territory. Her foster brother Alyn, a disillusioned priest who questions his calling, agrees to help her. The journey itself is perilous. But it’s their secrets that land Kella and Alyn in a viper’s nest of treachery that threatens both their lives and the future of Albion. Can they summon the love and faith they need to find their way not only out of danger, but into happiness? Brilliantly researched, vividly imagined, and movingly written—a memorable climax to the Brides of Alba series.

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Dear Reader, A magazine article explaining what happened to the Davidic line aterthe nation o Israel scattered (1 and 2 Kings) started me on a research journey that resulted in this Brides o Alba series. Troughout theseries, we learn o the Grail Church, ormed specically to preservenot just the Grail treasures, but two blessed bloodlines—the Davidicbloodline, preserved by the sixth-century BC marriage o Zedekiah’sdaughter to the Milesian High King o Ireland, and the apostolicbloodline established in rst-century Britain by Joseph o Arimatheaand Jesus’s close circle o amily and riends. radition holds that thelines exist through Britains modern royals. At the most, it’s plausible,given the numerous sources (some are listed in the Bibliography),and at the least, ’tis great uel or ction. I leave the rest to the readerto discern. (For more inormation on the Grail Church and thesacred bloodlines in Albion’s history, see
 Arthurian Characters 
on p.361 and
Te Grail Palace 
on p. 365).In
Healer 
,
 
Book One, I introduced the O’Byrne brothers—Ronan, Caden, and Alyn. Teir clan’s twenty-year eud, a result o the Grail Church’s arranged matches gone awry, is ended when a wounded, bitter heart and a lonely, orgiving one come together to
 
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heal the breach, proving all things are possible with God’s healinglove.In the second book,
Tie 
, I ound a delightul old Scottishproverb that became the middle brother Caden’s theme: “
Love o our neighbor is the only door out o the dungeon o sel.
” Ater being thevillain in Book One, Caden needed a door out o his prison o exileand shame. But don’t we all have a prison o some kind? Mine isoccasional dips in chemical depression. Sometimes I have to orcemysel out o my “cell” when I don’t eel like it. Te reward is relie rom my own troubles and the joy o helping someone else. In
Tie 
,escaping his prison sets Caden ree to live and love again. Even i hisheart—and purse—are stolen by his match in mischie and in love.Now in Book Tree,
Rebel 
, Alyn O’Byrne doubts his calling intothe priesthood ater an alchemical accident in the East leaves thescholar riddled with guilt. He returns home, wounded and runningrom his destiny—and lands in the midst o court intrigue, churchpolitics, and a marriage to a woman carrying another man’s child. While Lady Kella gets a hard-earned lesson in the dierence betweenlove stolen in shame and the wonder and orgiveness o God’s uncon-ditional love, Alyn becomes an example o how God does not call theable but enables His called. So, like us, both are fawed, both havedoubts, but a ficker o aith is enough or God to use them or Hisglory and good.Behind their stories is a setting lled with little-known traditionso Britain’s early history and church that shed light on the Arthurianlegends buried in the mists o time. Tis setting is the late sixth-century Scotland o Arthur, prince o Dalraida, the only historically documented Arthur.

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