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One thing I appreciate is when an author takes an overused idea, and completely deconstructs the concept into somehting that is recognizable, but at the same time is completely and utterly new.
Pilling does that in this sweeping saga. He reimagines the Arthurian legends, but grounds it in a reality to such a point that this almost reads as if it were coming from Julius Caesar's Commentaries. You will, because of his attention to detail and depth of research, believe that every drop of blood listed in this book really fell. One almost feels as if Pillings is drawing on memories from a former life as he is so descriptive and accurate in his setting, characters, and the events that transpire therein.
Another bonus, he keeps some ythical aspects, but does not go into having an omnipotent Merlin. No, Morgannahas the ability to see in spite of th fact that she is bling, but that is about as magical as it gets. Again, this level of depth and believability is something that I rarely find in historical fiction. Pilling also has the ability to pen an exciting and action packed emotional saga.
Paul Jenkins really manages to take ahold of the material that Pilling has given him, and wrestled with it to a point that he has made it his own. His characterizations, pacing, and emotionaldsplays are real and you can feel every single bit of tension or emotion he relays.
This book continues the fine work that was started in the last novel, and sets us up for more in such a way that you will find yourself looking for when the next novel comes out.
Get this book, read it, love it.