Arthur, King of the Britons, and only son of the late King Uther, now rules over the northern regions, but he still has to take on the Saxons in order to succeed. This is the fifth instalment of Tim Walker’s ‘A Light in the Dark Ages’ series and while it is clearly part of the series, it can also be read as a standalone.
The author has a solid knowledge of the period and the book is peppered with the kind of detail that brings his stories to life. He also provides lists of places and character names at the start of the book, which is handy (though I still got a bit confused about who was who). The writing is packed with vivid descriptions and it’s easy to plunge yourself into the world of King Arthur. As with the previous book I’d read by this author (Ambrosius: Last of the Romans) I had to occasionally re-read passages a couple of times before moving on. However, for anyone keen on history (or historical fantasy) this is a jolly good read with believable settings and suitably accurate historical facts, particularly for fans of Arthurian legends and the likes of Bernard Cornwell’s Last Kingdom series.