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Guest Post & Giveaway: The Prince of Powys by Cornelia Amiri

Thursday, January 19, 2012
The Prince of Powys by Cornelia Amiri
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Publisher: Eternal Press
Release Date: January 7, 2012
In an age of heroes, Branda, a Saxon princess helps Blaise, a Prince of Powys, escape her father’s stronghold. In turn, he vows to escort the princess to her sister in Scotland so she can escape an arranged marriage. Instead, he holds her captive as his hostage in the unbreachable hill fort of Dinas Bran, where she captures his heart. Will Blaise be forced to throw away his honor for love or to tear out his heart for honor?

From the pages of the Anglo Saxon Chronicles, the warrior kings of Wessex and Mercia struggled for power against each other while they both battled the welsh king of Powys. Elisedd, the king of Powys’s deeds and genealogy is recorded in a monument his great grandson Cyngen ap Cadlel erected, the Pillar of Eliseg which stands to this day. Old poems refer to a special crown of Powys which Elisedd’s wore of twisted gold links. He also is said to have adorned himself with armlets and anklets of gold. Elisedd was succeeded by his son Brochfael who is also a character in The Prince of Powys. The legend of these 8th century AD warrior kings, Celtic mythology, and the mystic hill fort of Dinas Bran where Elisedd ruled inspired me to write The Prince of Powys. It’s a young adult novel of an ancient god, a magic sword, and a brave prince named Blaise.

I created the hero and heroine of Branda, as the youngest daughter of Ethelbald of Mercia and of Blaise, as the youngest son of Elisedd of Powys. Princess Branda helps Blaise escape her father’s stronghold. In turn, he vows to escort the princess to her sister in Scotland so she can escape an arranged marriage. Instead, he holds her captive as his hostage in the unbreachable hill fort of Dinas Bran, where she captures his heart. Will Blaise be forced to throw away his honor for love or to tear out his heart for honor?

Here’s a short excerpt:

Blaise picked up a bronze mirror adorned with Celtic tracery. The image of a warrior prince painted with the magic of the old gods gazed back at him. Pride and determination filled him with a warm glowing sensation of peace and invincibility.

Before he vaulted onto his steed, Neilyn presented him with Nuada's sheathed sword of power. Blaise drew the blade from the serpent etched sheath. The gleaming bronze hilt, curved in never-ending circles of life, mesmerized him as rays of sunlight danced upon the long, powerful sword, which glistened with an ethereal luster.

Neilyn bent his head down and kissed the gleaming blade. Blaise brandished it high in the air as Brochfael, Elisedd, and all the gathered Cymry praised its power.

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3 comments:

  1. i am very happy when i read this beautiful blog i think that you add more beautiful pictures that fall a very great impression on the people and the see many more beautiful history of the culture.nice work have a very nice day sir. thanks for the sharing.

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  2. Awesome Giveaway! Thank so much, Vy!

    -Meredith ;)

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  3. Fabulous wording, excellent story, fearless warriors, all are awesome. In short i am impressed.

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