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The Shadow of Avalon: The Complete Trilogy

The Shadow of Avalon: The Complete Trilogy [Kindle Edition]

Jan Foxall
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This volume comprises the complete trilogy of The Shadow of Avalon, being the novels of The King of Powys, The Aftermath, and The Triumph of the Dark. Each novel tells its story in the voices of ten different characters, thirty in all.

It is Britain at the end of the Roman era. The Romans have gone, and in the emptiness they left behind there arose social and political chaos. Ultimately the country became prey to the attention of foreign invaders from continental western Europe, tribes who wished to settle in the land and use it as their own. The indigenous Brythonic people are desperate to save their homeland, and they look to the rise of a native army, based on the Roman model, to protect them. It is clear that this army needs a charismatic and talented leader.

The King of Powys tells of the struggle undertaken during the years at the end of the fifth century AD and the beginning of the sixth century. It centres on the story of King Arthur, and how he managed to halt the relentless surge of the invaders westward. It follows his whole life until the Battle of Camlann, which was to change the face of Britain forever.

The Aftermath takes up the narrative after the Battle of Camlann, during which a new governing order needs to be established. The army produces more leaders, but not all of them are beneficial to the welfare of the Brythonic alliance. The greed and brutality of the few end in destruction for the many.

The Triumph of the Dark picks up the history as uncertainty and disorder spread through the constituent kingdoms of Britain. Internal war rages and the army is weakened by its involvement. Another leader emerges to try to unite the country, but is he strong enough and wise enough to tread in the footsteps of King Arthur?

Please note that all the novels within this book have been, and still are, published and available separately.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The real King Arthur and what happened next.... 22 Nov 2013
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What a fantastic read, I'm so upset I've finished the books. They had me spellbound throughout. Highly recommended for history lovers who also love a good story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Shadow of Avalon 5 Aug 2013
By Liz
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This was a good version of the Arthurian legends. It made excellent reading of a subject most folk are familiar with.
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3.0 out of 5 stars disappointed 22 Oct 2013
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I was expecting more about Arthur and less about what happened after his death - silly me, when you consider the title!
The idea of letting the story be told by different characters for different chapters felt good, except when you had put the book down and returned to it later - now who is talking???
The characters seemed to be a mixture of those usually connected with Arthurian legends and some totally new (and to my mind newly manufactured)names which was a bit puzzling.
The ending was pleasantly surprising and gave the whole trilogy some credance.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Seeing Avalon 21 Feb 2014
By Steve Malone - Published on
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This ebook was downloaded to my paperwhite.

I found 'The Shadow of Avalon' a delightful read. Foxall's greatest talent lies in her creation of great characters that allow us to see the world of 'Avalon' through each of the character's unique POV. Each character is completely developed and allows readers to empathize with them, get to know them, and see the world through their eyes.. Readers get individual perspectives of life in Dark Age Britain as well as Foxall's view of the rise and fall of King Arthur.

As Foxall's characterizations are the greatest strength they are also it's one weakness. As time marches through her story the story is seen through new eyes of new characters. I was left with too many choices and so left with no 'central' characters to carry me through to the end of the story. I loved each one but was sorry to see them go. Some may be seen with the eyes of newer characters but do not return to have a say or a viewpoint in what follows.

Readers will enjoy Foxall's fresh perspective of Arthur's story and of how 'Camelot' passed. Her research seems impeccable and subRoman Britain has few others that describe it as well as Foxall does. I feel she allowed too much 'Romanization' in 5th century Britons but this did not distract from a good story well told.

If amazon had a 4 1/2 star rating - that's what it earned from me. Get this trilogy. It is worth your time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lost myself in this book, 2 Oct 2013
By stephen Parkhurst - Published on
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Well written, with an original approach. The perspective as told by many characters held my interest from beginning to end, and I picked it up every chance i had to read? was sad when I reached the end!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fab-u-lous 31 Aug 2013
By Gordon H. Sims - Published on
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A little gem. Miss Foxall is a great story teller. I enjoyed the book so much my wife could not wait for me to finish it so she could read it. I am about to buy her next two books; that's two recommendations!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling 5 May 2013
By Suzanne Moran - Published on
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I could not put the books down. I wished there were more. Great writing by Jan Foxall. She is master.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it. 1 May 2013
By Susanna - Published on
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Great writing. Kept me captivated. I love Arthurian novels, and trilogies are my favorite. A must read for all Arthur enthusiasts
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