I've never read historical fiction before, so I wasn't sure what to expect. But I got to admit I'm a fan of the genre now. I had never heard of the legend of Trystan & Isolde, but as a fan of the Arthurian Legends wanted to know more about it immediately. Anna Elliot's writing captured me from the start making Isolde's narrative seemed effortless and easy to follow. And the story itself was unique and charming. The only holes in the plot that I could not fathom how Anna Elliot had thrown into the novel were regarding Trys & Isolde's past, but they can easily be dismissed for the greater good of the novel. Although the narrative wasn't exactly fast-paced, it got my attention. My only complaint was the romance which was seriously lacking in the story. Hopefully there will be a bit more in DARK MOON OF AVALON. Isolde's character and strength as a female is definitely admirable and will leave you wanting to know more about her. Not to mention, hottie Trystan, whose strong determination & loyalty to his friends will make you swoon more than once.Overall, I loved Isolde & Trystan & can wait to read the sequel!!!!