A tale of timeless love, heroic courage . . . and a race to change the course of destiny itself. I couldn’t put it down. This is King Arthur as you’ve never seen him before. –Anna Elliott, author of the Twilight of Avalon trilogy.
By the autumn of 537 AD, all who are loyal to King Arthur have retreated to a small parcel of land in north Wales. They are surrounded on all sides, heavily outnumbered, and facing near certain defeat.
But Myrddin and Nell, two of the King’s companions, have a secret that neither has ever been able to face: each has seen that on a cold and snowy day in December, Saxon soldiers sent by Modred will ambush and kill King Arthur.
And together, they must decide what they are willing to do, and to sacrifice, to avert that fate.
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Review from Smashwords: “A great read with well realized characters. The quality of writing is superb, and the setting is intricately detailed. Kept me reading to the last page!”
One of my favorite books as a child was The Crystal Cave : Book One of the Arthurian Saga (The Arthurian Saga, Book 1), and I still fondly remember young Myrddin Emrys. I smiled when I saw that was the name of one of the main characters.
The other thing that made me smile was that this is a story for adults with adult heroes. Nell is- gasp!- all of 30 and Myrddin is 36. Of course that’s not old at all, but refreshing in a market where so many stories are targeted to young adults, even Arthurian stories.
While sex- and rape- are referenced here, it is not depicted; this has no graphic or explicit sexual content. However, violence and death do come up several times in a realistic way. It is not gory, but it is unsentimental. Again, an adult story for adults.
“The sight” plays a big role in this story, and I would be disappointed if it didn’t. Throughout the book, the characters- and the readers- constantly grapple with how much of the future can be changed. I think the reader will be satisfied with what the characters find.
I devoured this story and grew attached to the characters. I sincerely hope the author writes a sequel- I’d like to find out what else happens to Nell and Myrddin.
Review from Amazon UK:
King Arthur comes to life in this wonderfully authentic tale based entirely on Welsh mythology rather than the Anglo-French versions made fashionable by the needs of writers who lived years later, or by romance writers who follow this lead.
Arthur is under threat from a superior army of Saxons led by Mordred. The story builds around Myrddin, a knight, and Nell a nun, both dedicated to saving Arthur, and both able to foresee danger to him.
The story has a magical feel, but doesn’t dwell upon sentiment; its characters having a life of their own. It conveys a true feeling for Wales in the fifth and sixth centuries through warring factions seeking the approval of the High Church.
This is a thoroughly enjoyable read, with a thought provoking postscript.