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Whatever you do don't shake your head and mutter "Oh no not King Arthur AGAIN!". Historical-based fantasy is very much in vogue within the genre and where better to start than a hundred years before the Arthurian legends? James Wilde has done just that and presented us with a Dark World lit only by the dying embers of the Roman Empire. Something dark and troubling is brewing just North of Hadrian's Wall, war is afoot, ancient magics and Gods are infiltrating the world once more and of course there is a prophecy of epic proportions about to reveal itself.
The Dark Ages are of course ripe for such novels and James Wilde is the latest author to populate a largely unknown part of our history with a quality bit of fantasy. He gives us a decent set of characters to follow and in conjunction with David Shaw-Parker treats us to a fast-moving plot of no little interest. I really enjoyed it and think it ends well suggesting this will grow into an enjoyable series as he gives us a genuinely new twist on the roots of Arthurian legend.
For me personally it didn't quite hit the heights of the very best in the genre with some of the characters feeling all too familiar and occasionally the combination of author and narrator generating the melodramatic rather than genuine excitement. It would be harsh to damn the whole thing because of that though. I got a lot out of it and I think it has real potential to develop into a very entertaining series.
15 of 17 people found this review helpful
Plenty of content but story just didn't hold together for me, couldn't get to know the characters quick enough so kept losing interest, sorry but not personal or gripping in either character formation or storyline.
Passed a few afternoons while it rained but easily put down.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful