The Dragon Bard by Mary Gillgannon
Approx. 119,610 words.
Published on January 28, 2012.
While visiting north Britain, traveling bard Bridei ap Maelgwn is taken captive and sold to Irish slavers. Rescued in Ireland, he's taken to Queen Dessia of the Fionnlairaos. Bard and queen spar with wits and words, struggling against intense attraction. But they are ensnared in an ancient legacy of magic, one that not even treachery and betrayal can destroy.