Friday, August 28, 2015

Book Spotlight and Giveaway: "Sacrifice," Book One of y Ddraig (The Dragons of Brython), by Gwendolyn Beynon

Sacrifice: Book One of y Ddraig (The Dragons of Brython)
by Gwendolyn Beynon
June 5, 2015 | Dark Pages Publishing
GENRE: Historical/Fantasy/Romance

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528 A.D. Cymru (Wales)

Melangell is a ‘Lifebringer,’ a dragon-maiden learning to protect one of the land’s most ancient mysteries, y Ddraig. She expects to pass her years as have a score of teachers before her—sequestered, safeguarding an egg that barely moves from year to year, never using the deadly and secret skills she has been taught. But the King’s relentless pursuit of this most holy relic throws her into the middle of war, and though she is not yet adept, Melangell must enter captivity with the egg to defend the sleeping dragonling within.

Her abductor is Cai ap Cynyr—fierce warrior, loyal brother and sword-arm to the high Chieftain, Artwr. He has been scouring the land for the relics Artwr demands to ensure triumph against the Angles invading from the east. Cai uses the Lifebringer’s mystique to master his armsmen, but when he spirits Melangell and the dragon egg further into seclusion, she grows intrigued by her captor. But she is a Lifebringer—sworn only to y Ddraig—and Cai must deliver the dragonling to Artwr to at last drag himself out of his legendary brother’s deep shadow.

And all the while, the egg readies itself to emerge…

*Sacrifice is the first in a series of three books based around y Ddraig (the Dragon) set in sixth-century Arthurian Wales, featuring characters based on Welsh myth, literature and/or history.



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Australian author, Gwendolyn Beynon, comes from a long line of storytellers of Welsh and Cornish stock. She grew up reading romance and fantasy novels, but the y Ddraig series is her first foray into historical fantasy.

The idea for the y Ddraig series came while on a pilgrimage to Wales (the land of her fathers) where she was visiting holy wells and ancient yew trees. She grew captivated with the way that the ancient stories of Welsh literature, myth and history still co-existed comfortably in contemporary Cymru, and by the atmosphere of mystery that still exists around much of Wales’s natural spaces.

An Arts graduate from Curtin University (with double majors in Film and Theatre), Gwen has worked in communications all her life. She sold her first book in 2008, and has been writing for a living with her hounds at her feet and Celtic music as a backdrop ever since.

For more information, visit Follow Gwendolyn on Facebook and Goodreads.


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One lucky winner will receive a paperback copy of Sacrifice, by Gwendolyn Beynon. Open internationally.
– Must be 18 or older to enter.
– Only one entry per household.
– All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspect of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion.

This giveaway ends at 11:59 PM EST on Friday, September 4, 2015.

**TO ENTER: Leave a comment on this blog post sharing why you'd like to win/read this book!**

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  1. One reason I am interested in reading this book is my own Welsh ancestral heritage and a resulting strong interest in learning more of the folklore of that nation. If you need it: shamy at post dot harvard dot edu

    Thanks very much for featuring this book and the chance to win it! Cheers, Kara S

  2. Because I am a lover of Arthurian lore, it is usually hard for me to resist a book that features King Arthur.

  3. I'm interested because...DRAGONS! I love dragons, and no, not all dragons are evil. Can't wait to read this book!

  4. This sounds very interesting and I love reading.

  5. I love books about dragons, and this one sounds really good. Thanks for having the giveaway.


  6. I would like to read this book because it is about early Welsh history. Thank you for the giveaway.

  7. I would love to read this. It sounds like a great book. Thank you!

  8. I'd like to read it because it's something different than what i normally read - i'd love to try it out

  9. I like Arthurian myth.

  10. always like anything about dragons - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

  11. And all the while, the egg readies itself to emerge… I want to know more! We as a family love to read about and watch stories with dragons! This would be such a great book to win!

  12. The world building sounds very interesting. I'd love to win!

  13. I'd like to win because this sounds like a unique book.

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