This is the story that came before, when Britain was just a shadowland.
We grow up with the legend of King Arthur, but where did he come from? Who was Merlin? What part did the Druids play in bringing Arthur to his round table? On the night of Midwinter's Eve, a storyteller takes his listeners back to the Dark Ages and a 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."
Deserted by its Roman masters, Britain has been invaded by the Saxons at the invitation of Vortigern, traitorous leader of the Britons. As the tribes unite to reclaim their land, one man must rise to lead them and become their only true king.
Shadowland is a young adult story of historical fantasy set in the Dark Ages of Britain.
©2012 C.M. Gray (P)2016 C.M. Gray
I would. Some time ago I bought the book and it was a favourite story for myself and my teenage daughter who also read it. I am not sure who enjoyed it the most but she is now older and has asked to borrow my I-pod so she can also listen in her car. The descriptive writing is brought to life by the rich voice of Ioan Hefin and it whisks you away to a distant time and land
I loved the different characters and eventual mystical skills of the boys Cal and Usher. My daughter loved the boys ability to defeat adults due to their fighting ability and magical powers
Usher is the key character for me and is brought to life as boy and man by Ioan in exactly the tone of voice I had imagined whilst reading the book. Ioan has a voice that feels like the ancient times the book is set in and the descriptive writing of Chris Gray paints pictures you can visualise as he tells the story
It helped me through four days of commutes around the M25 motorway and on a couple of occasions found myself annoyed when the traffic jam cleared and I wouldn't get to the end of a particular part.
A book for all fans of fantasy mystical tales where good eventually overcomes evil. Good from 15 to 50 year olds! I love this book
Interesting idea. The story rambles a bit, and it's half way through before the King Arthur theme starts to make sense. It also takes a while for the clever idea of the story set in the sixth century being told to an audience in the seventeenth century. The initial assumption is that the audience for the story teller lives within the life span of the teller, and then he fills his pipe with tobacco, not discovered for half a millennia after King Arthur's time. Intriguing. The sound effects used in the recording are a bit crude and become annoying after a while. They are there to let the listener know when the story teller is speaking (because in a confusing way he uses third party) and when the story is being narrated (also third party) I think. The actual recording is poor. Some of it sounds as if it was recorded in someone's bathroom.The narrator deals with all this very well, and it is a good performance.
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