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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Shadow of the King by Helen Hollick (Book Review)

Title: Shadow of the King
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
ISBN: 978-1-4022-1890-3
672 pages

~I was provided this book free for my unbiased review from Sourcebooks.~


Passages to the Past said...

This is one of my favorite trilogies...glad to see that you liked it too! Hollick is a fabulous writer!

bermudaonion said...

Everyone seems to love Hollick's work - she's an author I definitely need to give a try.

Helen Hollick said...

thank you for such a fantastic review, I very much appreciate your support for my books. It is really good to know that people enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them!

Amy said...

I've got a few pages left in The Kingmaking and I'm truly loving it. I have Pendragon's Banner and plan on picking up the last in the series too.


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