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.