Pendragon (The Pendragon Cycle, Book 4)

By Stephen R. Lawhead

At the sunrise of his reign, a tender king confronts his destiny—and needs to turn out his greatness . . . or lose a realm

Arthur is King—but treachery runs rampant during the beleaguered Isle of the potent. Darkest evil descends upon Britain’s shorelines in lots of guises. Fragile alliances fray and tear, threatening the entire noble liege has gained along with his knowledge and his blood. His so much depended on counselor—the warrior, bard and kingmaker whom legend will identify Merlin—is himself to be validated on a magical trip again via his personal awesome earlier. So in a black time of plague and pestilence, it truly is Arthur who needs to stand on my own opposed to an exceptional and negative adversary. for under this fashion can he actually win immortality—and the identify to treasure specifically others:

PENDRAGON

“Though Lawhead brilliantly creates an actual and shiny Arthurian Britain, he by no means forsakes the feel of ask yourself that has graced the legend during the ages.”—Publishers Weekly

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Arthur became to the pilot. “Barinthus! you recognize the bay. Run the send aground. ” Cai, Bedwyr and Llenlleawg saddled the horses, they usually have been able to journey as we got here into the bay. Barinthus didn't strike the sails, yet suggested the craft directly in the direction of land. I watched the shore sweeping closer and braced myself for the collision. now not Arthur; because the keel drove into the demanding shingle, Arthur swung himself into the saddle. We struck the shingle with an immense crack. The rudder splintered and the mast burst its bindings. whilst the send lurched and shuddered to a halt underneath him, Arthur lashed his mount ahead. “Hie! Hie! ” he cried. the pony lifted its forehooves and leapt over the aspect, plunging to the hocks in seawater. one other bounce, and Arthur used to be clattering away up the seashore. Gwenhwyvar Arthur’s instance, with Llenlleawg shut at the back of, nonetheless clutching the enemy spear. “Look at them,” muttered Cai, shaking his head. “They will holiday their necks using like that. they need to have a deal with the horses in the event that they have none for themselves. ” Bedwyr responded from the saddle. “Tell that to the barbarian battlechief while his spear pricks your bottom. ” He lashed his mount and leaped overboard with a shout. “Hie! Yah! ” Cai undefined, and that i collected my reins. As I swung into the saddle, I referred to as to the pilot. “I will look forward to you, Barinthus. ” “Nay, lord. don't watch for me,” the seaman answered, operating to safe the loosened mast. “I am quickly accomplished the following and should keep on with. ” “Make quickly the boat, then, yet don't linger. ” I instructed my mount over the part. the pony reared and plunged, splashing seawater over me. after which i used to be pounding over the seashore. Cai had reached the cliff-track resulting in Fergus’ stronghold, and Bedwyr was once laboring up the steep song; Arthur and the others had already disappeared. Upon attaining the tune, I paused to seem again. The bay used to be but empty. The enemy had now not us to shore—likely, as we had outraced them, they'd wait to make landfall once they had the aid of numbers. by the point I reached Muirbolc, the alarm had already sounded. every person was once dashing round: males to safe the castle, girls and youngsters to hiding, warriors to their guns, herdsmen to collect their farm animals and produce them in the security of the caer. Fergus and his battlechief stood within the middle of the backyard with Arthur and Gwenhwyvar sooner than him. Gwenhwyvar, at Arthur’s aspect, was once asserting, “Listen to him, Father. There are too many. we won't struggle them right here. ” “Ten shields on every one side—that is no less than twenty warriors in each one send, probably more,” Arthur advised him bluntly. “And there are thirty ships—maybe extra. in the event that they make landfall the following, they are going to be sitting on your corridor ahead of the solar units. ” “Our basically desire is to escape the caer and rally the clans,” Gwenhwyvar insisted. “At least that manner we would have an opportunity. we all know the land they usually don't. we'll rally Conaire and the lads of Uladh. after they study the risk, they won't flip us away. ” Fergus pulled on his chin and frowned as he grew to become the problem over.

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