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03 March 2010

Book Review: Shadow of the King by Helen Hollick

Title: Shadow of the King: Book Three of the Pendragon's Banner Trilogy
Author: Helen Hollick
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Publication Date: March 1, 2010
Paperback: 672 Pages
ISBN: 978-1402218903
Genre: Fiction


About the book:

They knew what was coming.

Man and beast knew what lay ahead.

After the war cry.

Bitter the grave.
At long last, the peace King Arthur was born to usher in has settled over the realm. But Arthur was also born to be a warrior… and all true warriors are restless without a fight. Yearning for battle and ever-loyal, Arthur is easily deceived into setting sail for Gaul to defend its territories—leaving his country vulnerable and leaderless.

A beacon of hope in a land of desolation, he was to be the Lord of the Summer Land for now and forever. But first, the Pendragon must face the ultimate test, one that will take all his courage, strength of will, and honor to survive.
Because once destiny is fulfilled, can you ever truly win again?

My Review:

Shadow of the King is the third book in Helen Hollick's Pendragon Series, which opens with King Arthur, his wife Gwenhwyfar and their daughter Archfedd living at Caer Caden. Arthur is now 33 and has been King of Greater and Lesser Britain for 11 years and while Winifred's second husband, Leofric, has passed away, she continues to remain a threat to Arthur even though they have been legally divorced for 13 years. Their son Cerdic has run off to his step-father's lands hoping to one day claim his rightful lands held by Arthur but Cerdic is not alone when it comes to plotting and scheming for the throne and the lands owned by King Arthur. Helen Hollick does a superb job in this third novel, picking off where her second in the trilogy, Pendragon, left off. Political battles replace the more physical battles of her previous novels. King Arthur is summoned to help the Romans and what he believes will be a swift trip for him and his Artoriani turns out to be not at all what it first appeared. To say much more would give away the surprises that lie in store for Arthur, Caer Caden, as well as the reader. Suffice it to say, Hollick once again has written a novel that not only engages the reader, but keep the reader busy thinking with all of the politics, scheming, and plot twists. Shadow of the King is an excellent book in its own right and a brilliant finish for the trilogy. The Shadow of the King is a wonderful rendition of Hollick's view of the final battle for Camelot.

About the author:

Helen Hollick lives in northeast London with her husband, daughter and a variety of pets, which include several horses, cats and two dogs. She has two major interests: Roman / Saxon Britain and the Golden Age of Piracy--the early eighteenth century. You can Find Helen at the following places:

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I received a complimentary copy of Shadow of the King by Helen Hollick from Sourceboks. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned novel.



Dr. Bill (William L.) Smith said...

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Bill ;-)

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brizmus said...

This sounds like a fun series! Great review!

fredamans said...

Sounds like a great read, but also sounds like I need to start on the 1st one. Great review!

Helen said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed the read - thank you for such a fantastic review.
It was hard to write Shadow of the King as I didn't want the series to end - or to part with Arthur!
But life as an author has to move on... One day I might get round to writing a spin-off novel that I had an idea for though.
Thanks again!

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