528 A.D. Cymru (Wales) Melangell is a ‘Lifebringer’, a dragon-maiden learning to protect one of the land’s most ancient mysteries, y Ddraig. She expects to pass her years as have a score of teachers before her—hidden away, safeguarding an egg that barely moves from year to year, never using the deadly and secret skills she has been taught. But the King’s relentless pursuit of this most holy relic throws her into the middle of war and though she is not yet adept Melangell must enter captivity with the egg to defend the sleeping dragonling within.
Her abductor is Cai ap Cynyr—fierce warrior, loyal brother and sword-arm to the high Chieftain, Artwr. He has been scouring the land for the relics Artwr demands to ensure triumph against the Angles invading from the east. Cai uses the Lifebringer’s mystique to master his armsmen, but when he spirits Melangell and the dragon egg further into seclusion, she grows intrigued by her captor. But she is a Lifebringer—sworn only to y Ddraig—and Cai must deliver the dragonling to Artwr to at last drag himself out of his legendary brother’s deep shadow.
Sacrifice is the first in a series of three books based around y Ddraig (the Dragon) set in sixth-century Arthurian Wales, featuring characters based on Welsh myth, literature and/or history.
'A fortenyear has passed since a dragonling fought its way out of one of dark-age Cymry's most sought-after relics, the holy Creil.
'For the safety of all, Nyneve was raised in ignorance of her heritage by her adopted mother and their protector. But she cannot stay hidden forever, and every passing winter brings her closer to the dramatic Ascension of her kind.
'When a silver-haired traveller-in-song arrives in their isolated valley, noble-born Gwanaelle and past sword-arm Eifion are forced to confront the realities and mysteries of Nyneve's true heritage. Eifion sets off on a dangerous mission back to the world (and King) he'd betrayed, leaving the daughter he loves–and the woman he dares not–in the dubious care of the mysterious Bard.'
Source: Publisher's blurb.