Author: Helen Hollick
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
About the book: 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 thoughts: What can I say about Helen Hollick's books that I haven't said before. She has truly made me a fan of King Arthur and I want to learn more about him and that time period. As in the second book, much of this material was new to me. It is not a book for "light" reading (no pun intended as it weighs in at 672 pages.) Helen Hollick really brings King Arthur's story to life and shows him with all his faults and imperfections as well as his strengths and great romances. Even though this book is the final in the series, it could easily be read as a stand alone - but I recommend the entire trilogy! You can also visit my reviews of The Kingmaking and Pendragon's Banner.
Shadow of the King
Publisher/Publication Date: Sourcebooks Landmark, Mar 1, 2010
~I was provided this book free for my unbiased review from Sourcebooks.~