My 5 star #bookreview of SHADOWLAND by C.M.Gray

My 5 star #bookreview of  Shadowland: A Tale From The Dark Ages by C.M.Gray


Before King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, Britain was just a Shadowland.

It’s Midwinter’s Eve, and a storyteller weaves a fantastic tale from his youth …

“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.”

Be transported back to the Dark Ages; to a time when Britain lay in shadows, deserted by its Roman masters. When the Saxons invade at the invitation of Vortigern—traitorous leader of the Britons—the tribes must unite in order to reclaim the land they see as their birthright. And one among them must rise and be crowned as their rightful King.

An Amazon Bestseller in Arthurian Fantasy, Shadowland breathes new life into the legends we have all come to know.


I really liked this story.  It caught my attention from the very beginning as Usher Vance, the old storyteller, started spinning his tale.  What he didn’t realize, the story would end up being about him.  I love the fact Gray strung the plot out, revealing bits and pieces the further we got into the story.  No one was as they seemed.

The characters were well-developed, along with the story.  I couldn’t wait to see what happened next.  The plot, for the most part, was well-paced.  I did think it bogged down in the middle with all the battles, but they were necessary for the advancement of the plot.  I never thought about fighting from chariots before, or the logistics of using them to tear through the wall of defending soldiers.  At times, I felt I was in the chariot with Uther and Samel as they chased down Horsa.  I could see the piles of dead and dying, as the chariot and horses leapt and weaved their around around or over them.  As I’m writing this review, a week and half later, the images still seem fresh in my mind.  Very well done. 

If you’re looking for an alternative spin on the Arthurian story, you’ll want to read this story.  I give it 5 feathers.

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About Sahara Foley

Bio: Until my husband died on Christmas 2012, I never thought about becoming a writer. In fact, the act of writing a story terrified me. Don’t get me wrong, I loved reading, just never had the knack for writing. The thought of writing dialogue scared the bejeebers out of me. See, Bob was the writer. He wrote stories for years but could never get a traditional publisher interested enough to publish even one. Now I understand why, as they were unpolished outlines. Then, after 30 years together, Bob passed away and my life was turned upside down. About a month later, I was sitting around my apartment, trying to adjust to the worst event in my life, when a little voice spoke to me. Why not publish Bob’s stories? To be truthful, ever since the advent of self-publishing, I always wanted too, that’s how much I believed in his stories. But I knew I would have to fight him for every little change I made to his outlines. Sorry, honey, but they had to be done. So, I pulled out the box of stories, dusted them off, and started on a new adventure: The World of Self-Publishing. Boy, did I have a lot to learn. I finally published several short stories early in 2014, then my horror novella, It Lives in the Basement. While I was working on them, I was slowly learning the craft of writing, and getting The Secret of Excalibur ready for publication. Excalibur was my favorite story of them all, and in the back of my mind, I knew I wanted a publisher. One day on Twitter, I ran across a tweet from Creativia Publishing, and that was another game changer for me. I signed up with them in December of 2014, and it was the best decision I’ve made. One thing I’ve discovered on my new adventure, are all the really awesome and talented Indie Authors. If you find the right community of Indie Authors, all they want to do is help each other. I found that I love promoting them and their books, so that’s how I setup my blog. For readers to meet Indie Authors. Anyway, enough about me. Here’s all my contact information: Facebook: Twitter: Pinterest: Google Plus: Amazon Author Page:
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