In the Shadow of Dragons
by Kathleen Cunningham Guler
Category: Fiction / Fantasy
418 pages; ISBN: 096603712X
Rating: 9/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner
In 470 AD, Druid Priest Myrddin “Merlin” Emrys visits Marcus ap Iorwerth at the latter’s home in Dinas Beri, Gwynnedd to obtain his best spy’s special services because a major conspiracy to kill the High King has surfaced. However, Marcus’ wife Claerwen, gifted with the sight of visions, insists she must accompany her beloved spouse on his quest to stop the assailants. Marcus acquiesces to Claeri and accompanies him on the dangerous mission in which payment is in goods for his clan.
Marcus and Claeri soon discover that Pascentius, the son of dead King Votigern, is leading the plot to unseat the king. Pascentius is using Octa and his Saxon mercenaries and has control of Macsen’s Spearhead, one of the items that make up the legendary High King’s five piece Macsen’s Treasure set, to validate his claim to the throne. However, before Marcus and Claeri can stop Pascentius, someone cleverly sets the intrepid duo up as fugitives, forcing the couple to prove their innocence.
Book two in the Macsen’s Treasure series, IN THE SHADOW OF DRAGONS continues the romantic saga of pre-Arthur Britain. The story line is fast-paced and filled with non-stop action that enables readers to glimpse a troubled nation. As with the first novel, INTO THE PATH OF GODS, this tale belongs to the lead characters, Marcus and Claeri. Their bravery and devotion to their country and to one another provide a strong anchor for a powerful tale. Kathleen Cunningham Guler is quite a bard with refreshing look at the Arthurian legend.
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