Why you must read JD Smith’s Tristan and Iseult
Tristan and Iseult is a retelling of the classic legend of love.
Iseult is the daughter of Irish kings and a woman of the blood, destined to marry the new leader of southern Ireland, Morholt, a man who is rumoured to have killed her father to gain position. But bloody duel changes her course, and she finds herself stranded on the coast of Kernow bringing with her the possibility of peace.
Tristan fights the Saxons as his Uncle, King Mark, defend the coast from the Irish Bloodshields. Mark is determined to unite the tribes of Briton and Ireland and forge an alliance that would see an end to war and the beginnings of peace.
But Tristan loses his heart to Iseult, and the future of Briton flutters grey.
We love that phrase: the future of Briton flutters grey.
Oh really? We didn’t know that. No wonder we love that tale: we love this sort of thing.
How have you interpreted this ancient story to make it your own?
Iseult is shy and somewhat reserved, young but with heart and spirit. She feels at home with the sky and the sea and shingle of her home, and yet with her first freedom, she finds herself tied inexorably with politics once more, and her good nature and desperation to do what is right dictates an inevitable fate.
Tristan is taking the blows of life hard. He lacks belief in himself and his own future, unable to face that which he cannot have. And his meeting with Iseult is compounded by his own sense of guilt and belief that he does not deserve to fully live.
Have you written any other books that we should read next?
History again. We’re guessing your career has something to do with history.
What’s next for you?
How easily do new storylines come to you? If we give you four random words