This book tells of the early life of King Arthur as it might have really been...no magic and set at the twilight of the Roman Era and the beginning of..Show More » the Saxon Invasion. The future King Arthur is singled-out by a group of mysterious travelers who take a keen interest in seeing to his education. These travelers know Arthur's true lineage and his ability to someday grow into a leader who can oppose the Saxon Invasion.
The story of Arthur's upbringing and training is the highlight. The world is also vividly crafted and easy to picture in the mind's eye. I'll admit to being very disturbed by one particularly nasty episode involving a group of brutal child molesters/murderers who are ultimately stopped by Arthur. The description was, perhaps, a bit too graphic and left a bad taste in my mouth for the rest of the book and tarnished the overall experience.
This is the second book in the King Arthur Trilogy. It starts out great with an exciting description of early medieval warfare and thrilling adventur..Show More »es 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.