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King Arthur: Warrior of the West [Paperback]

M. K. Hume
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18 Feb 2010 King Arthur

The second book in an exciting, brand-new Arthurian trilogy

Twelve long, blood-soaked years, have passed since Artor fulfilled his destiny and was crowned the High King of the Britons.

Against all odds, Artor has united Celtic Britain and with a last great campaign, has banished the Saxon scourge. The legend of Camlann has begun. But even as Artor's kingdom is at its zenith, even as he has succeeded in conquering all external threats to his rule, his kingdom is being undermined from within.

Not only is Artor betrayed by the one person he should be able to trust, he has also learned of appalling perversion at the heart of his kingdom. He must make a terrible choice. Does he commit a deed that leaves him open to comparison with the despotic Uther Pendragon, or does he let evil go unchecked? The burden of leadership, of power, now rests solely - and heavily - on Artor's shoulders for Myrddion Merlinus, master tactician, guiding light for so many years, has left Artor to his fate. Could all that Artor has fought for, the destiny of Britain, be lost? Will Britain be torn apart?

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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review (18 Feb 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755348702
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755348701
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 124,195 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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M.K. Hume is a retired academic and is married with two sons.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Lucinda
The remarkable sequel to Dragon's Child continues the tale of Arthur, king of the Britons whose legendary tale is one cherished by so many readers. The story picks up from where it left off with Artor crowned High King and whose blood-soaked reign has lasted twelve long years. The Saxon scourge has been banished, replaced by a united Celtic Britain that has conquered external threats standing now at its zenith. M. K Hume captures the exquisite depth and intricate detail of the times, presenting you with a realistic, well-researched vivid account of the age - thus the myths and legends are brought to life once more. As Artor's kingdom is threatened unknowingly from within, he makes the ultimate choice with Wenhaver becoming his Queen and second wife. It is her deep-rooted bitterness, her longing for the untouchable that poisons those around her, as she attempts to betray the one individual whom trusts her utterly and completely. Artor must make that sacrifice for his kingdom, for if not then a terrible fate may ensue that could threaten all that he has fought for...

(Quote) `...Artor will be the greatest of men. When the stars fall, and all we know is forgotten, Artor will be remembered. We, too, will become creatures of myth, as insubstantial as ghosts, because we were a part of his life here on Earth. Some men were born for burdens, and one of those is Artor. Some men were born for tears, and Artor is one of those men...'

This exciting, compelling and truly magical tale is a historical masterpiece and outstanding achievement of such great scope thought impossible. MK Hume outshines all other authors who have written works based on the Arthurian legends and tales of Merlin; including Camelot, Guinevere, the round table and the Knights such as Sir Gwain and Sir Lancelot.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Farewell Atorex, Artor is here 27 Aug 2010
M. K. Hume's second Arthurian adventure continues with the same relentless pace as established in the first instalment. Artor has matured and is in some ways quite unrecognisable from the younger, more impressionable Artorex. The burdens and hardships of the High Kingship have created a man who can be brutal yet compassionate, hateful and then loving; but ultimately deeply concerned for his people and the wider Celtic peoples of West Britain.

Artor faces battles with the Saxons, equally tempestuous battles with his new `demonic' wife and experiences the darkness of bereavement as old friends succumb to old age and leave his world for the next. All in all, excellent ingredients for a fantastically addictive historical adventure story.

I took a little while to warm to the `new' Artor, but when I stepped back and viewed him in relation to the wider context of his social position and personal history, was able to re-establish my bond and connection to the principal character. All I can say is if you loved the first, you'll devour the second. I read this book in just over a day whilst on holiday and could not put it down.

M. K. Hume is now on my favourite authors list. I find that her writing style is quite unique in its level of detail and originality. Her ability to paint gory battle scenes and then move on to describe the subtle complexities in human relationships is second to none. You will certainly not be disappointed if you are looking for `blood and guts', but will also be pleasantly surprised with the wonderfully described human thought processes and characterisation.

I have read and greatly enjoyed Bernard Cornwell's Arthurian trilogy but have to say that M. K.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this 28 April 2013
By biko
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I liked the first in the trilogy & this one didn't disappoint, I think the author got it right- realistic characters
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 19 Mar 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Not every-ones cup of tea but read the 1st book on holiday and had too find out more. memories of my childhood love of this period.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
As I said when I reviewed the first book in this trilogy "Dragon's Child", I have read and enjoyed Bernard Cornwell's Arthurian stories and Mary Stewart's somewhat whimsical tales of Arthurian Legend. However I have to declare that M. K. Hume's Arthurian legend is a superb unorthodox account of one of the most treasured of British legends, she is up there with Bernard Cornwell and Conn Iggulden.

I find that her style of weaving a story is somewhat distinctive and brimming with detail and creativity. Her talent to place images of bloody battle scenes in your head and then to explain the subtle involvedness in her characters interactions is simply inspirational, furthermore if you are searching for a story weaver who can give you images of bloody battles you won't be let down.

It's always good to come across another great historical series and this new trilogy from M K Hume looks set to be one. The first book follows the story of Arthur from childhood into manhood. Exciting, violent and bloody and full of historical facts to keep you gripped throughout.
This tale includes all the time-honoured elements of this legend but this weaver of tales presents us with an original, unsentimental and most crucially a quite plausible tale.
I'm not saying it's perfect it's different, a bit darker and if you want to read of Arthur of the Britons beneath the customary legend then M. K. Hume has given us that choice.
Anyhow to the book;
M K Hume grasps this legend by the scruff of its neck and arranges the story based on realism and logic by producing a young man who struggles to accept the fate that is his by heritage in a brutal and bloody age.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Rather bland and very a- historical. Halfway through I ...
Rather bland and very a- historical. Halfway through I expected gunships and submarines to appear any time. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Willie Bogaerts
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Enjoyed this very much took me back to the times. Excellent written and lets you see what it could have been like without all the magic realistic
Published 4 months ago by Patsy Kenward
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I love this book. The magic that surrounds King Arthur is brought to life very well in this book. A great read.
Published 8 months ago by devarro
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent entertainment for adults
This review is based on the Atria Books edition.

M. K. Hume's Warrior of the West continues the story of King Arthur in an exciting and entertaining way. Read more
Published 9 months ago by "Seregil of Rhiminee"
2.0 out of 5 stars Misleading and somewhat unbelievable at times
Given it's title, I was expecting thiks second volume in the trilogy to be all about Arthur's battles to defend Romano-Celtic Britain, of what was left of it. Well, I was wrong. Read more
Published on 20 Mar 2011 by JPS
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun!
It is so exciting to get to know King Arthur and the ones that surrounded him, as a man and not so much a legend... Even though this trilogy (I am receiving part 3 tomorrow! Read more
Published on 27 Sep 2010 by SamLuz
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the first in the series
Arthur (Artor) is now High King and takes revenge on the Saxons for the murder of his envoys.
Merlin (Myrddion) arranges a marriage for Arthur with the beautiful (but spoilt... Read more
Published on 18 Mar 2010 by Mark Shackelford
2.0 out of 5 stars Myth of the Celt
I am still not certain what to make of these books. They do not compare well to the series Bernard Cornwell wrote a while ago but are still a passable read. Read more
Published on 8 Jan 2010 by Mr. Graham M. Payne
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