Dark Moon of Avalon

A Novel of Trystan & Isolde

Dark Moon of Avalon

She is a healer, a storyteller, and a warrior. She has fought to preserve Britain’s throne. Now she faces her greatest challenge in turning bitter enemies into allies, saving the life of the man she loves . . . and mending her own wounded heart.

The young former High Queen, Isolde, and her friend and protector, Trystan, are reunited in a new and dangerous quest to keep the usurper, Lord Marche, and his Saxon allies from the throne of Britain. Using Isolde’s cunning wit and talent for healing and Trystan’s strength and bravery, they must act as diplomats, persuading the rulers of the smaller kingdoms, from Ireland to Cornwall, that their allegiance to the High King is needed to keep Britain from a despot’s hands.

Their admissions of love hang in the air, but neither wants to put the other at risk by openly declaring a deeper alliance. When their situation is at its most desperate, Trystan and Isolde must finally confront their true feelings toward each other, in time for a battle that will test the strength of their will and their love.

Steeped in the magic and lore of Arthurian legend, Elliott paints a moving portrait of a timeless romance, fraught with danger, yet with the power to inspire heroism and transcend even the darkest age.
  • Touchstone | 
  • 448 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781439164563 | 
  • September 2010
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Reading Group Guide

This reading group guide for Dark Moon of Avalon includes an introduction, discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A with author Anna Elliott. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.


At the outset of Dark Moon of Avalon, Britain faces a serious threat from Lord Marche, who seeks alliances with the Saxon kings in order to assume power. Both targets of Marche’s wrath in his quest to rule, childhood companions Isolde and Trystan once again set out on a risky journey, this time acting as diplomats, persuading the rulers of each of the smaller kingdoms that their help is needed to keep Britain from the hands of a tyrant.

Trystan and Isolde find unlikely allies along the road—a group of ragtag mercenaries from all over the globe, including a pair of African brothers; a stern but generous abbess; a motherly figure from Isolde’s childhood; and the fiercely loyal dog, Cabal.

In the course of their travels through dangerous countryside, Isolde and Trystan find their relationship fraught with new tensions. Each privately feels that their presence puts the other at greater risk. Just when their situation is at its most desperate, their romance finally comes to fruition. A see more

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About the Author

Anna Elliott
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Anna Elliott

A long time devotee of historical fiction and fantasy, Anna Elliott lives in the DC Metro area with her husband and two daughters.  She is the author of Twilight of Avalon and Dark Moon of Avalon, the first two books in the Twilight of Avalon trilogy.  Visit her at www.annaelliottbooks.com.