The New Land is the first book in the Tales of Avalon series by author Daisy Bourne. If you love the legend of King Arthur and all things magical then this book is one to read. It’s also perfect for readers of all ages, and one you can enjoy reading and discuss with your children.
Daisy Bourne was born in England, in 1917. Nothing much is known about her real parents, except that their lives were changed dramatically by the First World War.
At the age of six, Daisy was unofficially adopted by a farmer and his wife. They changed her name and took her to Canada. There are several similarities between the real Daisy Bourne and her namesake in this book. To a small child, Canada, with its heavy snowfalls, huge forests, and grizzly bears, must indeed have seemed like some kind of new world.
Although Daisy loved Canada and the farm on which she lived, she was not happy and ran away. She returned to England at the age of 16. In later life, she took up farming again. She also enjoyed her garden and preserving much of its produce.
This is where the similarities between the real Daisy and the character in this bookend. She is proud to use her mother’s birth name as a pseudonym when writing the Tales of Avalon series. Her ambition is to one day write the story of the real Daisy Bourne.
What happened to Arthur, King of the Britons, after he was allegedly killed on the battlefield? Legend has it that Merlin, the mighty sorcerer, put the king’s body in a boat and set it sail for a mysterious place called Avalon.
However, many Britons refuse to accept that Arthur was really dead. Instead, they believe that Merlin had taken the king to a place of safety. There have been many theories as to the whereabouts of Avalon, but none has proven to be accurate.
The New Land is the first book in the Tales of Avalon series. It tells the story of how Arthur, magical beings, and other Britons, fearing for their lives, seek refuge in a far-off land. They hope their new home will be a place where magical beings and humans can live together in peace and harmony.
Will the travellers find the new life they so desire? The Avalonians soon find that they have to form new and unusual alliances in order to protect themselves against an unexpected enemy.
The New Land is an emotive and gripping read that holds appeal for readers of all ages, from young and just beginning to love books to older readers who have been reading for many years. It’s a fun new take on King Arthur, full of magic and intrigue and is a delight to read, as it sweeps you away into the world the author has created from the first page.
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