From Bernard Cornwell, the creator of the No. 1 bestselling Sharpe novels. Arthur has brought a fragile peace to Britain - but it cannot last . . .
Uniting the restive British kingdoms behind him, Arthur believes he can now hold back the Saxons threatening the country. Meanwhile, Merlin sets out on a quest to uncover the sacred Treasures of Britain, hoping they will prove decisive in the coming battle.
But in a country where the cult of the Christians is spreading, Merlin's quest is divisive. And the ambitions of the rival warlord Lancelot threaten the delicate peace. Could even those closest to Arthur be moved to betray him?
In the second book of the Warlord Chronicles, Bernard Cornwell brilliantly retells the Arthurian legend, combining myth, history and thrilling battlefield action.
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Top-notch storyteller Cornwell continues where his acclaimed The Winter King left off, creating another compelling fictional history set in fifth-century Britain. Skillfully interweaving details from a myriad of Arthurian legends, he shows how practitioners of the old religion fought tooth and nail against the incursions of Christianity. Narrated by Arthur's friend Derfel Cadarn (a former slave raised by the wizard Merlin), this volume tells of Arthur's struggles to bind the warlords together and strengthen the throne that he holds for the beastly Mordred, Uther's legitimate heir. Beyond this immediate goal lies Arthur's mission to rid Britain of the Saxons and thus bring peace and order to the land. Meanwhile, Merlin seeks a magical cauldron, which, if used properly, will drive out Christianity but will also bring back the old gods and their chaotic ways. Caught between these two opposing forces, military and magic, Derfel is even more captivated by his love for Ceinwyn, the strong-minded princess Arthur has spurned for Guinevere. Writing with brio, Cornwell puts a fresh perspective on these oft-retold events. Realistically gory battles and doomed romantic exploits flavor the narrative, while the strong characterizations bring the men and women behind the legends to vivid life. Audio rights to Audio Renaissance.