Shadowland – A tale from the dark ages

∼ Arthurian legend  ∼

Paperback, 1st edition, 289 pages
Published June 26th 2008 by
ISBN 140920801X (ISBN13: 9781409208013)
edition language: English
 Kindle and Paperback

We grow up with the Arthurian legend… but where did he come from? Who was Merlin? What part did the Druids play in bringing Arthur to his round table? This is the story that came before, when Britain was just a Shadowland.

`I have lived more years than I can remember, probably more than the sum of all your years combined. Kings have called me friend and brigands have sworn to burn the flesh from my bones even if they have to search all seven halls of the shadowland to find me.’

On the night of Midwinter’s Eve, a storyteller takes his listeners back to the Dark ages and a tale from his youth.

Deserted by its Roman masters, Britain has been invaded by the Saxons at the invitation of Vortigern, traitorous leader of the Britons. Now, as the tribes unite to reclaim their land, one man must rise to lead them and become their true and only king.

“Magical and moving, I couldn’t put it down” – Jacqueline Rodriguez

“Shadowland – A Tale From The Dark Ages” is a tensely written story about the dark days before the rise of King Arthur. Flawlessly weaving history, legend and imagination – Vered E” for Readers Favorite.

“I thoroughly enjoyed Shadowland. I think I have read every Arthurian legend written and I found this one intriguing and different. The story of Uther Pendragon is well written and I found myself totally immersed in the world created by Mr. Gray. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves the story of Arthur or to anyone who enjoys a good adventure tale with characters who are both likable and interesting.” Jen Lylan

“C.M.Gray has a real gem starting with his subject and carries it through with an excellent delivery – Tom Clementson” Kindle Book Review

“Shadowland – A Tale From The Dark Ages.” is a great story filled with tense scenes. The world described is evocative, atmospheric and really nails the sense of uncertainty as the folk, left behind by Rome’s withdrawal from the British Isles at the beginning of the Dark Ages, try to protect themselves and rebuild their culture. There’s also a strong sense of mystery, magic and adventure as the plight of the main characters unfolds while they move through the landscape toward their destiny. (Can’t say anymore without spoiling!) As you get to know the characters’ strengths, weaknesses, hopes and fears I really found myself relating to them and visualizing who they were.
There are some unforeseen and unexpected twists too which move the story forward nicely and some exciting battle/ skirmish scenes. I really was hooked from the beginning. Having read quite a few published novels in the same vein I would rate this for sure. Highly entertaining! “by Mad Scientist

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