Paperback The winter king : a novel of Arthur /
Publication year: 2017
Media class: Paperback
Genre: Arthurian romances. lcsh
Publisher: Penguin Books,
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 1405928328 9781405928328 (pbk):
Notes: Originally published: London: Michael Joseph, 1995. As he struggles to unite Britain and hold back the enemy at the gates, Arthur is embroiled in a doomed romance with beautiful Guinevere. Will the old-world magic of Merlin be enough to turn the tide of war in his favour?
Audience: Teen readers
Series title: The warlord chronicles ;
Extent: viii, 494 pages : maps (black and white) ; 20 cm.
This book got me back into reading after almost a decade hiatus. It tells the fictional story of King Arthur in a gritty "realistic" way. Set in grim post-Roman Britain during the Saxon invasions, the tale is far from the romanticised chivalric tales of yore. Many of the characters will surprise you, for instance Merlin is not a wise wizard but an elusive, amoral yet charismatic Druid who's obsessed with removing the newly emerging Christian influence from Britain. I won't say any more for fear of spoilers but suffice to say this book (and series) is a banger, 10/10 would recommend.