Title: The Strife of Camlann, Book II of The Arthurian Age
Author: Sean Poage
Genre: Historical Fiction, Historical Fantasy
Arthur’s Men have returned to Britain to keep the peace between fractious allies. Gawain wants only to raise his family and forget the war, yet he carries a heavy burden: an oath to maintain a terrible lie.
But is it a lie?
Looming conflicts threaten more than any border or throne. The course of history, the future of the Britons, will be decided at Camlann.
Book two in this series continues to provide a fresh look at Arthur and his knights. One could say Arthur's knights are presented in a very original fashion here. After reading this tome, there is just one key thought. When is a legend a powerful as a sword?
Gawain is the focus of this work again. It could be said that everything legendary about these legends is represented in the presentation of Gawain. The use of olde English and Welsh language is laudable. The next time I find myself in the 5th century of Britannia, I will be well versed in the language.
This book carries through a number of fascinating stories that are linked by legend. The action scenes are intense. The story building is very well done. The reader is left ready for what has to be an incredible third book in this series.
Fans of sword and shield fiction will love this book. Fans of the first book must read this book. Fans of Arthurian legend will find this approach interesting.
My Rating: 5 stars
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Historical fiction author, Sean Poage, has had an exciting and varied life, as a laborer, salesman, soldier, police officer, investigator, computer geek and author. A history buff his entire life, he is most drawn to the eras of the ancient Greeks and Dark Ages Britain. Travelling the world to see history up close is his passion.
These days he works in the tech world, writes when he can, and spends the rest of the time with his family, which usually means chores and home improvement projects, with occasional time for a motorcycle ride, scuba dive, or a hike in the beautiful Maine outdoors.
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Reviewed by: Mr. N