Pendragon - Pendragon Cycle, Bk 4 Author:Stephen R. Lawhead At the dawn of his reign, a young king must prove his greatness...or lose a realm. — Arthur is king -- but darkest evil has descended upon Britain's shores in many guises. Fragile alliances fray and tear, threatening all the noble liege has won with his wisdom and his blood. — In this black time of plague and pestilence, Arthur's most trus... more »ted counselor Myrddin -- the warrior, bard, and kingmaker whom legend will name Merlin -- is himself to be tested on a mystical journey through his own extraordinary past. So Arthur must stand alone against a great and terrible adversary. For only thus can he truly win immortality -- and the name he will treasure above all others: Pendragon.« less
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.