I don't remember a lot about the plot -- the cover was yellow and featured an illustrated brunette heroine in medieval or earlier clothing.

I think that it's a matriarchy and that the king has either been sent away or has disappeared. I think there was some sort of prophesy that he could not father the heir to the throne, so it was necessary for him to leave.

Also, I think it starts with some sort of annual festival where a handsome foreigner appears and the princess heroine makes eyes at him until her mother claims him as her consort in one of those year-and-a-day things.

Then, after the queen has delivered an heir, the princess and the now ex-consort are sent on a quest of some sort, maybe to search for the missing king????

I remember thinking at the time that I read it that it was really different from anything I'd read before, but I don't think I'd had enough knowledge of other cultures like the ancient Celtics and their less restrictive views on sex and marriage or matriarchal societies to appreciate what I was reading. Now that I'm older, more well-read, and far more open-minded, I'd like to reread it...if only I could remember it...

  • It doesn't ring any bells, but then the description is rather general. If you could remember any details like character, tribe or place names that might help. Commented Oct 3, 2013 at 14:32
  • I keep thinking that heroine has an Rh-name like Rhian or Rhiannon or Rhea or something similar. Commented Oct 3, 2013 at 23:15

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Maybe 'Starsilk' by Sydney Van Syoc. It's book 3 of a trilogy, the others are 'Darkchild' and 'Bluesong'. The heroine's name is Reyna.

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    Yes! You found it! Though how you got that from my description. :) I had no idea it was part of a series. I've ordered a used copy of a collection of all three. Thank you so much!!!!!! Commented Oct 6, 2013 at 13:53

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