Stephen Lawhead continues weaving a spell binding version of Arthurian legend in Pendragon, 4th book in The Pendragon Cycle. The story is Merlin's first person account of the Great King of Britain's trials in unifying the country while waging a strategic war against an invading enemy. Consistent with the other books in the series, character development is moderately deep, and the mix of well known names, tales, places is combined with new, unique edges. Also consistent for the series is Lawhead's substitution of Christian motivation and faith for the more common, science fantasy-esque magic of the Druid's. I happily found this book to be more balanced than the prior in the series. It was nice to read something light again. (4 of 5)
A great read for those who like King Arthur stories.
This is a good read that focuses on one aspect of Arthur's reign, namely his conflicts against the barbarian Vandals and against a pestilent plague. Arthur and his men assist the Irish in driving the Vandals from their island only to encounter them in even greater numbers when they return to the English shores. The story begins with Arthur taking his Irish bride and continues through battle after battle and conflict after confict with men who doubt Arthur's abilities and decisions. Told through Merlin's eyes, one sees visions with the great bard which help guide Arthur through these trials to hopefully, establish the Summer Kingdom.