Crónicas del señor de la guerra III
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En su anhelo por reunir de una vez por todas los trece objetos sagrados esparcidos por toda Britania, Merlín y Nimue encargan a Derfel Cardan que obtenga el último de ellos: la mítica espada del rey Arturo, Excalibur. Dos terribles luchas en las que la religión y la política tan inextricablemente ligadas están a punto de resolverse.
Mientras los hombres de Arturo se preparan para afrontar la batalla decisiva contra los sajones invocando a sus dioses, Merlín y Nimue inician un sangriento ritual que implica el sacrificio de un rey. Sin embargo, por extraños caminos en los que se cruza el cautiverio de Ginebra a manos de Morgana, los hechiceros y el rey Arturo unirán sus fuerzas para enfrentarse a una nueva invasión de Dumnonia emprendida por los sajones, cuyo desenlace será la terrible y violentísima batalla de Camlann.
La mítica isla de Avalon les espera al final de este tortuoso camino, pero no todos los héroes llegarán a ella...
Readers of Mallory and other sources of Arthurian lore may be struck by their conflation of bloody savagery and Christian pieties. In his new Arthurian novel, Cornwell (The Winter King) dramatizes the confrontation of Christianity--here depicted as the political tool of self-righteous brutes, opportunists and hypocrites--with the old religion of the Druids. Chief among the Druids are Merlin and his nemesis, Nimue, who cast spells and preside over rituals of fire and human sacrifice in order to bring about a return of the old gods, saving Britain from the Saxons. Priestess Nimue wants to sacrifice Arthur's son Gwydre to this end, but Merlin resists, as do Arthur and his warrior friend Derfel: for this they suffer terribly. The tale is told by Derfel, now an old monk in the service of an illiterate and sadistic bishop who would punish Derfel if he knew what he were writing. This frame works well to flavor and deepen the whole. The book is a military tale--alliances, strategies, battles, betrayals--and is stirringly told as Arthur routs the treacherous Lancelot and his Saxon backers. It is also the tale of the reconciliation of Arthur, honest to a fault and tortured by his wife's betrayal, with Guinevere, extraordinary in her bravery, wisdom and forthrightness. Equally central is Derfel's devotion to his mate, Ceinwyn, for whose life he sacrifices his shield hand, averting Nimue's curse. The action is gripping and skillfully paced, cadenced by passages in which the characters reveal themselves in conversation and thought, convincingly evoking the spirit of the time. Ways of ancient ritual, battle and daily life are laid out in surprising detail. One feels the element of fantasy only in the incredible integrity of Derfel and Arthur, men who sacrifice all for a vow--but our reluctance to believe may be only a sign of our times.