Shadow of the King

Helen Hollick, Author St. Martin's Press $27.95 (560p) ISBN 978-0-312-17000-4
Bringing her praised Pendragon's Banner trilogy to a close, Hollick maintains the high standards of The Kingmaker and Pendragon's Banner in this last glimpse of the passions and chaos of Arthur Pendragon's fifth-century court. Although Britain is nominally at peace under Arthur's reign, the king chafes at inactivity and agrees to take his handpicked fighters, the Artoriani, to Less Britain (northwestern France) to help the Romans fend off invading barbarians. Queen Gwenhwyfar is left to protect the throne as Arthur's ambitious uncle Ambrosius, his ex-wife Winifred and others scheme to take it. After muddled communications give Arthur the impression that Gwenhwyfar has died of a fever, he himself is wounded in battle. While the surviving Artoriani carry home word of his death, Arthur's old lover Morgaine saves him and nurses him back to health. Although Hollick departs from traditional Arthurian legend by leaving out any hint of magic or the supernatural, she juggles a large cast of characters and a bloody, tangled plot with great skill. Fans of Arthurian legends, whether readers of genre fantasy or historical fiction, should enjoy this spirited retelling of the final days of King Arthur's court. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 09/01/1997
Release date: 09/01/1997
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