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. For Artor has chosen Wenhaver (Guenevere) as a second wife. Queen of the Britons, Wenhaver will always love what she cannot have and have what she cannot love, and her bitterness threatens to bring down all those around her. 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?
©2009 M. K. Hume (P)2014 Recorded Books
All about relationships
The second to last scene when you realize that Artur is alone
I love most of Hume's characters, but I think that Nimway may be my favorite because of her optimism.
I have read or listened to most of the contemporary Arthurian Legend novels and this trilogy is one of my two favorites. It is, in the end, all about the different relationships between the characters and how those relationships shape events. Listening to this book, I often stopped and replayed a few passages, just so I could relish how beautifully the author describes a particular setting or the emotions of one of her characters. I also love the strength of the Hume's women. This is a book to sit back and listen to slowly so that you can enjoy the beauty of the writing and the message hope that it offers.
This is the second book in the King Arthur Trilogy. It starts out great with an exciting description of early medieval warfare and thrilling adventures of King Arthur. Unfortunately, after the first half the book begins to drag way too slowly. The second half tells the story of King Arthur meeting and marrying Guinevere. There is no grey in this Guinevere--she's spoiled and awful almost to the point that her character is a bit unbelievable. The second half of the book develops a deep morose tone that is hard to slug through. I finished the book with some difficultly both due to the depressing feel and lack of any real action. This book could have been great if the last third had been chopped off or replaced with another adventure.
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