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Pendragon: A Novel of the Dark Age (Dark Age Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Hands down my favourite character is Myrrdin, the enigmatic ‘wood priest’. He appears, some would say as if by magic, and guides Lucanus on his journey. Myrrdin is secretive, prone to mysterious pronouncements and more than likely knows far more than he is letting on. Initially, Lucanus is suspicious, and frustrated, by the priest’s arrival but the further they travel the more he begins to trust this strange man. From a plot standpoint, the character of Myrrdin adds an additional thread to the novel’s narrative. Through him, the author gets to explore differences and similarities between Christianity and the other religions that existed in that period.
The other standout character is Amarina. Not having been born into a life of privilege, she has come to rely solely on herself. Determined and resourceful, she is always focussed on the next opportunity to improve her station.Read more ›
The story is as old as time itself really. Which is the point. The Arthurian legend is another type of religion - a belief in something that will make life better. Doesn't matter if the King actually comes in to existence - just the belief he will is enough.
It is very much a first book - setting the stage for what is to come. It has enough closure but in no way can it stand alone and it leaves you wanting the next chapter - always a good thing if frustrating as a reader.
Enough of the key characters are developed to keep them interesting. My favourite probably Amarina. There are unexpected twists and a good fast pace which I have come to expect from this author. He also has some really creepy people in the The Attacotti, Wilde's version make you shudder. Grim to think they existed.
It has left me thinking and pondering. I read some other Roman historical fiction last year - a series about Vespasian. This is much better writing, there is a depth to it that makes it stand out more.Read more ›
Pendragon…. the name just screams Arthur, Genevieve, Lancelot and all that goes with it. Well take that preconception and throw it out the window. Not since Bernard Cornwall took on the Arthur myth has any writer provided such a new and innovative view of the Arthurian story.
James Wilde takes us back to before Arthur, to a time when Rome still clings to power in Britain, but only by its finger nails. The barbarians that have been held back so long by the great wall of Hadrian are probing, looking, change is in the wind, because they can sense a weakness in Rome, a chance to retake the land a chance that has not been there in all the year of Roman occupation.
In a book filled with the history of both Britain and Rome, James Wilde pulls on the tale of Mithras and also the burgeoning power and rise of the Christ religion to provide a back drop of conspiracy and intrigue wrapped around the ever present guidance of the Druids and Myrddin. How can the rise of Arthur be assured, who would be the ones to protect him, who will be his parents/ grandparents. So many questions and ideas are opened up by this story, so many surprises and all delivered with a fast paced action packed book brimming with wonderful characters. If you were making a tv series it has action, fights, love interest, bad guys a plenty, tortured heroes… sometimes mentally often physically, highs, lows, misdirection and utter surprises… so much packed into a book 1.
I love the Arthur myth but always approach a new book with low expectations because there are so very many bad books, this i’m glad to say is not one, its a wonderful tale and i honestly cannot wait for the next one.
Highly recommend this read.
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