Jack Whyte was born and raised in Scotland, but has lived in Canada for the last forty odd years. He is the author of the Camulod series of books and has just had published the first in a trilogy about probably the most famous Order of knights, ever to come through the pages of history, the Knights Templar.
This is the third volume in the continuation of the Camulod Chronicles a series of novels about the Arthurian legends. But anyone expecting the conventional,or Hollywood slant on the legend of Arthur, i.e. knights riding around on destriers in full body armour, something invented several hundred years after Arthur had gone to his grave, if he ever existed at all, will be in for a sharp shock.
The books are set in the 5th century AD a much more likely time for Arthur to have existed, a time when Britain, although free of the Romans, who had gone back across the channel to Rome, was still very much influenced by the occupation. Caius Merlyn Britannicus is now leader of the colony, responsible not only for law and order but also the safety of all within its confines. Uther Pendragon is a warrior attached to the colony. Both men are on friendly terms, that is until there is an event that drives a wedge between the two men . . .
If you have read the first two books, you cannot help but want to read this one. If you have not read or cannot get the first two books, this books is a fine novel on its own merits.