I enjoy fictionalized history, and tales of King Arthur and Merlin are among my favorites. When I find a new version of the old legend, I am gratified that yet another author managed to come up with a new slant. Because it is a legend and nobody knows if Arthur actually existed, or his story is loosely based on that of some tribal chieftain in medieval times, these tales can be wonderfully woven. Sarah Woodbury's Cold My Heart is beautifully written, enthralling, realistic, exciting and haunting.
In this version, Myrddin (Merlin?) is a lowly knight that has experienced prophetic dreams all of his life. He meets Nell, a nun and only survivor of the rape of her order. Nell has the same prophetic dream. After they eventually share their secret, they race across the country and race against time to save Arthur from the death they have both seen. Their growing romance captivated me.
All the characters of Arthurian legend are here, but not in roles you expect to see them. The background gives one a sense of gritty reality. Woodbury has taken a few minor liberties with history but points them out at the end of the book, and for me, they enhanced the reading experience.
And excellent novel. Highly recommended.