Mirror, mirror, on the lake. Reveal the path the queen will take.
Hunted by the Black Widow Queen, Issylte–a healer with the verdant magic of the forest–must flee Avalon with the two finest knights in the Celtic realm, both wrongly accused of treason. The trio travels to Bretagne, where Issylte heals a critically injured wolf and obtains fiercely loyal, shapeshifting allies.
In mystical Brocéliande, Issylte becomes a warrior priestess of the Tribe of Dana and otherworldly mate of the Blue Knight of Cornwall, discovering with Tristan a passion that transcends all bounds. When she becomes the Lady of the Mirrored Lake, sworn to defend the sacred waters of the Goddess, Issylte must undertake a perilous quest to discover what priceless object lies hidden in its murky depths.
As a nascent evil emerges in a fetid cave, Issylte and Tristan must face a diabolical trio that threatens their lives, their love, and their kingdoms.
Enchanted. Enflamed. Entwined. Can their passion and power prevail?
Enthralled with legends of medieval knights and ladies, dark fairy tales and fantasies about Druids, wizards and magic, Jennifer Ivy Walker always dreamed of becoming a writer. She fell in love with French in junior high school, continuing her study of the language throughout college, eventually becoming a high school teacher and college professor of French.
As a high school teacher, she took her students every year to the annual French competition, where they performed a play she had written, “Yseult la Belle et Tristan la Bête”–an imaginative blend of the medieval French legend of “Tristan et Yseult” and the fairy tale “Beauty and the Beast”, enhanced with fantasy elements of a Celtic fairy and a wicked witch.
“The Lady of the Mirrored Lake”—book 2 of “The Wild Rose and the Sea Raven” trilogy–is a blend of her love for medieval legends, the romantic French language, and paranormal fantasy. It is a paranormal fantasy adaptation of the medieval legend of “Tristan et Yseult” (Tristan and Isolde), interwoven with Arthurian myth, dark fairy tales from the enchanted Forest of Brocéliande, and otherworldly elements such as Avalonian Elves, Druids, forest fairies and magic.
Explore her realm of Medieval French Fantasy. She hopes her novels will enchant you.
Avis: I’m so excited to welcome Jennifer Ivy Walker my blog today! Can I call you Ivy? Thanks! I’m so excited for you upcoming release! I had the privilege of reading The Lady of the Mirrored Lake, and I have to say, you keep the story alive and exciting! So please tell us a little bit about your second novel by answering our first question.
This is book 2 in the Wild Rose and the Sea Raven series. Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?
Ivy: The Lady of the Mirrored Lake, my new release, is book 2 of The Wild Rose and the Sea Raven trilogy. Although each book does have its own conclusion (not a cliffhanger), the stories are sequential because it is a trilogy, like “The Lord of the Rings”.
Avis: Readers are going to love this series! I can’t wait for book 3! Here’s our next question:
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
Ivy: This trilogy is based on the medieval legend of Tristan et Yseult (Tristan and Isolde), but I also incorporated a lot of Arthurian myth, which I researched in French. I read several books in French containing dark tales from the enchanted Forest of Brocéliande—birthplace of Merlin, Lancelot, and the Lady of the Lake Viviane—which I wove into my trilogy as well. For example, I researched the legend of the Gallizenae priestesses, which inspired my shapeshifting Mélusines– mermaid sea dragon warriors. I also researched the French legends regarding Avalon and decided to make the real archipelago of les Sept-Îles—a group of islands off the northwestern coast of France in the English Channel–the realm of my Avalonian Elves.
Avis: This sounds like fun, not research! But I love to research too! Your research really paid off for your second novel because it is filled with all of those wonderful mythical creatures! I love it. Our next questions is:
As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
Ivy: A mermaid! I have lived by the sea my entire life—from my childhood spent growing up along the southern coast of Maine to the beaches of Florida where I walk for miles each evening, all year long. The ocean is my soul, and I have always had a deep, spiritual connection to it and all its creatures.
Avis: I envy you your long walks along the beach! I can see how a mermaid would appeal to you. Your love of nature and the natural world are also reflected in your novels. It was wonderful to learn more about you as a writer and what influences your characters and books! We’ll see you for book 4 soon, I hope! Please scroll to the bottom of the blog for my review of Ivy’s new release!
Here are links to Ivy’s socials!
Goodreads Author page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/22671046.Jennifer_Ivy_Walker
Author web site: https://jenniferivywalker.com/
Review by Avis M. Adams
The Lady of the Mirrored Lake, by Jennifer Ivy Walker continues the saga of Tristan and Issylte, and their famous love affair. Walker weaves the French language through her story like a master and embellishes her retelling with the same flourish that we found in her first novel, The Wild Rose and the Sea Raven.
We pick up our lovers on their way to Lancelot’s chateau La Joyeuse Garde. While there, Issylte, renamed the Lady Opale to maintain her disguise from her evil stepmother. We are introduced the next family of characters who will inspire and unwittingly become instruments of evil for Voldurk and The Black Widow Queen, Morag, Issylte’s wicked stepmother, as they try to capture and kill Issylte.
Issylte’s power grows as she is indoctrinated as a member of the Tribe of Dana and the Lady of the Mirrored Lake. She travers the dangerous landscape of magical portals that takes her from one location to another and allows her to fight alongside Tristan to save the one’s she loves as well as herself.
Once the pair are joined through a tribal ceremony of the Dana tribe, their love is consummated every separation they must endure to save their friends or fight off their enemies is painful and a trial they can hardly endure. Every reunion is a celebration of sexual joy. Steam rolls off the pages between Tristan and Issylte, and the sparks are much hotter than the first installment of Walker’s series.
Walker takes this famous story and makes it her own. This book carries on the magical tale of two lovers who must fight against all odds to be together. She leaves us drooling for more as she sets the scene in this novel for the final installment to be released sometime in spring 2023. I highly recommend this wonderful read and give it five stars!
Thank you so much for hosting me to feature my new release, The Lady of the Mirrored Lake!!
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