About the Book: A novel of Arthur as he really was.
In the first book of this exciting trilogy, author Helen Hollick brings to life Arthur Pendragon as he really might have been. Leaving behind the fairy-tale element of Merlin's magic and the improbable existence of Lancelot, Hollick instead transports the reader to the early years of Britain circa 455 AD and tells the Arthurian legend in a solid and believable way.
This is a story of harsh battles, secret treasonous plots, and the life-threatening politics of the dark ages of early Britain. Intertwined through it all is the often-tested love of Arthur and Gwenhwyfar (Guinevere in Welsh - her name as it really would have been) as they struggle to survive and conquer to see Pendragon become King.
My Review: I was admittedly slightly uncertain how I'd feel about this book. The history goes waaayyy back. And I'm not a huge Arthurian legend fan. From what I can remember, the story always annoys me when Lancelot comes along.
Hollick casts Lancelot aside and opts for a more realistic possibility of what might have happened. Lots of darkness, fighting, betrayal and war...all the great elements of historical fiction. For the most part, this book is engrossing. The story was all new to me, but there were times when it dragged on just a bit too much for me.
I do have another gripe, though, and that's that Hollick bounces back and forth between points of view within a scene...it's terribly distracting. It's one of my pet peeves in books, and a good argument for first person point of view!!
Even having said that, I did enjoy the book and learning more about Arthur and Gwenhyfar. If you are interested in learning more points of view and also reading some interviews with the author, please refer to the blog tour list below!
Things You Might Want to Know: There's some sex and violence and Arthur and Gwenhyfar are not fans of the Christians.