Shadowland by C. M. Gray
C. M. Gray
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.
We grow up with the Legend of King Arthur … 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.
Shadowland is a story of historical fantasy set in Dark Ages Britain.
`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.
Review by Mad Scientist:
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!
Review by Cheryl Capinello:
Just finished reading Shadowland by Chris Gray. I tend to gravitate to the more romantic versions of Arhturian literature rather than to the more historical versions. Shadowland definitely fits the romantic versions.
I enjoyed this adventure and Gray’s unique look at Uther Pendragon. Although at times I wondered where the story was heading, I was intrigued enough to keep reading. In the end, I was pleasantly surprised and have to say this was well worth the read.
Gray introduced some interesting ideas into a legend that welcomes all. If you are an Arthurian fan, don’t miss this one!