Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT THE DU LAC CHRONICLES by @maryanneyarde #YA #HistFic

Today’s team review is from Terry, she blogs at

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Terry has been reading The Du Lac Chronicles by Mary Anne Yarde



Reviewed by me as a member of Rosie Amber’s Review Team

3.5 out of 5 stars

This novel is British historical fiction set in the 5th Century, with many fictional characters and places. At the beginning, Alden du Lac, once king of Cerniw (Cornwall, I believe), has been captured by the Saxons.

I’d say this is definitely more of a book for teenagers/young adults, as the characters are of that age, and it’s more of a historical (fantasy) romance than fiction about the historical period in time per se; the focus of the book is the relationship between Alden and his rebel Saxon saviour, Annis. Although it’s in two ‘teen and young adult’ categories on Amazon, the blurb does not make clear that it’s aimed at this age group. Note to publisher!

For the most part, it’s well written (I found myself thinking ‘oh good’ when I started reading it), though there were a few instances of bad English that should have been picked up by a copy editor/proofreader. But on the whole it’s very well presented throughout.

There’s a fair bit of good atmospheric detail and the characters are sufficiently convincing, Annis being one of those great role models for girls, but I’d say it’s for lovers of history based escapism (of which it is a good example) rather than the reader of serious histfic. If you’re a young reader of the former, I’m sure you’ll love it!

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5 thoughts on “Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT THE DU LAC CHRONICLES by @maryanneyarde #YA #HistFic

  1. This book is on my list of books to read and review. I love the premise and an excellent review, Terry. I love historical fantasy! 🙂


    • Ha ha, Noelle! No, it wasn’t really ‘me’, but I could see that it’s good of its type. I prefer historical fiction that’s seeped in real life and teaches me something about the period, and I don’t really ‘do’ YA! It’s a nice easy read, though.

      Thanks for the comments, ladies 🙂


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