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- Publication Date: February 23, 2017
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I am aware of the many myths surrounding the Arthurian court during the end of the Roman period, and suspect with so many legends surrounding these events, an awful lot must be based on some fact. The author has very successfully taken these and used them to to tell a involving story set in our very early history. My congratulation to Tim Walker, an amazing job done, and I wish him deserved success with this book.
It is raw, gritty and real, Fascinating story, my only downside is the huge amount of information, names and events to wrap your mind around. But I'm very happy to have read it. If you like deep, intricate historical novels, you're in for a treat!
Also, the author shows you a map in the very beginning and details the places and character names, which is very helpful since this is set in another century and we don't use those names now.
Overall, a good read and I would heartily recommend.
This is an interesting book, mixing historical fact with myths and legends to create a story that's not quite history, but not quite fantasy. The attention to detail is accomplished and adds to the sense of realism, although I did feel at times the proliferation of 'facts' got in the way of the plot. There's a lot to take in, and with a cast of characters whose names don't exactly roll off the tongue, I sometimes had to re-read passages a couple of time before moving on. Nevertheless, it's a rollicking good yarn with plenty to get your literary teeth into.
This is book 2 in Tim Walker's 'A Light in the Dark Ages' series, and will delight anyone who enjoys historical fiction with a generous helping of Arthurian adventure.
Rome has departed British shores forever and left to their own devices those who were once Romano-British have to look to their own defences as their cultural certainties crumble around them. The man who has declared himself Emperor of Britannia, Vortigern, strives to defend his place of power by buying off the Germanic invaders - Saxons, Jutes and Angles - gifting them land in exchange for military service. But the invaders are not satisfied with such scant pickings and make a play for more. Meanwhile Ambrosius gathers those Britons who have no wish to accommodate with the Saxons and takes up the mantle of ruler of all Britain himself. He must defeat both Vortigern and the Saxons to unite the Britons once more.
'Ambrosius: Last of the Romans' is an ambitious book treading on both the fringes of the what little historical record remains from those Dark Ages and on the margins on myth as the story of King Arthur and his knights developed. The blend is seamless and the introduction of even the traditionally 'magical' elements such as Merlin and Excalibur well handled to keep the sense of this being an historical not a fantasy book.
“There is often an explanation for these so-called miracles, and you have found it, my brother!"
The book is not a fast paced rip-roarer and it does not pretend to be. It sets out a through sense of atmosphere and introduces us into the world of Dark Age Britain very effectively and well. The characters are fairly well drawn, enough that they can be seen as real people and odd flashes of genuine individuality and personality shine through. There are some wonderful descriptive passages that portray the scenes vividly and show the author's talent off to the full.
The best aspect of the book is the way it blends the myths into the real. The author has clearly done some good research around what little is known about the political, social and military culture of the time and brings it all to the table like a chef with a banquet. He makes no attempt to sweep the idea that this is a people who believed in magic and miracles under the carpet, quite the opposite in fact. But he does not ask the reader to enter that mindset and shows the hands moving behind the curtains, thus allowing the mysteries to make sense and to allow the gritty realism of history to predominate.
'Ambrosius had been forced to learn a lesson; that it was prudent to consult before making snap decisions, or risk losing the backing of his supporters.'
However, for all these strengths, there is a problem with the narrative overall. The author writes very stiffly in places and often the different voices of different characters tend to sound very similar. The over-arching narrative voice of the author seems to drown out those of his characters at times and as a reader, I felt I was subjected to a lot of being told rather than being allowed to see and conclude for myself.
This is a book which puts atmosphere and history front and centre and the author is excellent at blending those two elements. If you enjoy exploring alternative takes on the Arthurian myths or have an interest in Dark Age historical novels, this is a book you will be happy to add to your library. Overall, I enjoyed the journey and will be interested to see how the author takes on the next phase of the tale of King Arthur and his knights.