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Pendragon (Dark Age, #1)
Title : Pendragon (Dark Age, #1)
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Language : English
Format Type : Kindle Edition
Number of Pages : 400

Here is the beginning of a legend. Long before Camelot rose, a hundred years before the myth of King Arthur was half-formed, at the start of the Red Century, the world was slipping into a Dark Age…It is AD 367. In a frozen forest beyond Hadrian’s Wall, six scouts of the Roman army are found murdered. For Lucanus, known as the Wolf and leader of elite unit called the ArcaniHere is the beginning of a legend. Long before Camelot rose, a hundred years before the myth of King Arthur was half-formed, at the start of the Red Century, the world was slipping into a Dark Age…It is AD 367. In a frozen forest beyond Hadrian’s Wall, six scouts of the Roman army are found murdered. For Lucanus, known as the Wolf and leader of elite unit called the Arcani, this chilling ritual killing is a sign of a greater threat.But to the Wolf the far north is a foreign land, a place where daemons and witches and the old gods live on. Only when the child of a friend is snatched will he venture alone into t


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Pendragon (Dark Age, #1) Reviews

  • Paul

    Growing up in the United Kingdom, I’ve always felt that the Arthurian legends are stitched into the very fabric of British society. Everyone knows the names Arthur, Excalibur, Guinevere, Merlin and Camelot. These stories, names and places evoke ideals that everyone should aspire to. The narrative Wilde has created explores these same principles. Lucanus is driven by a sense of honour. He has vowed to ensure the people he cares for remain safe, and it becomes evident as the story progresses tha [...]

  • Lizzy

    If you have read James Wilde's Hereward series you will love it. Same style as Hereward - gritty, dark, grim. Harsh environment and an uphill battle throughout. Readers of the author's other works under a different name (The Age of Misrule series) will also like it, probably love it (I don't know how many of them like historical fiction) because they will like seeing the Arthurian legend come to life, although in a very different way from any other book centred on this particular legend. It has [...]

  • Robin Carter

    ReviewPendragon…. the name just screams Arthur, Genevieve, Lancelot and all that goes with it. Well take that preconception and throw it out the window. Not since Bernard Cornwall took on the Arthur myth has any writer provided such a new and innovative view of the Arthurian story.full review: parmenionbooks.wordpress/

  • Jo

    In a remote outpost on the wall built by Hadrian a group of army scouts are the last defense against the marauding barbarians. This is Roman Britain towards the latter part of the empire when fighting between various groups is threatening to bring it all tumbling down. What the world needs is a saviour, a king who will never die and who will lead the people to glory. This is a novel about how the seeds of a legend were sown and were passed down to us as the story of King Arthur. I found it took [...]

  • Zoë Quiter

    I am a quick reader but this book has taken me far longer to read than any other novel (bar The Mists of Avalon) and while the story itself is painfully intense, shrouded in mystery and quick turns I feel there was little to keep me wanting to reach for it in the middle of the night. I have a passion for the Arthurian Legends and so this book was a no brainer for me to get stuck into when it was flagged up to me by a friend. I have not really got anything negative to say about the storyline, it [...]

  • Matt Coote

    A fantastic book. If you like Arthurian myth it's well worth a look as a different take on the whole thing. Most of the Arthurian novels I've read have been retellings of the legends either as fantasy (like the Stephen Lawhead series) or as "historical" (like the Bernard Cornwall series) - some with some very clever additions, but none the less the focus is on Arthur and Guinevere and Camelot.Pendragon is written from the interesting point of view that it really doesn't matter whether there was [...]

  • Sarah

    The women laughed among themselves, a musical sound that seemed to tinkle on too long. ‘Words change the world,’ the mother said when they were done. ‘Tell a man he will be a king, and a king he may well be.’ James Wilde’s latest novel is billed on the cover as an “epic new historical adventure." Although it has the requisite elements of the genre (gritty action, intense physical danger, and an honorable hero you’ll be rooting for), it’s also a remarkably thoughtful example of it [...]

  • Richard Gray

    It's an odd start, involving a northern wall, the savages beyond it, and an imminent winter that may not end. Yet if we learn any lessons from the many Wood Priests wandering around Wilde's book, "Everything is the thing it is, but it can also be another thing."The name 'Pendragon' clearly conjures up visions of round tables and strange women lying in ponds distributing swords as a basis for a system of government. Yet this pre-Arthurian tale is the legend behind the legend, weaving Mithraism, C [...]

  • Carole-Ann

    A rather dark depiction of the decline of Rome in Britannia in what was to become the Dark Ages.It's a clever account of the negligence of the Roman troops left guarding what I can only assume as Hadrian's Wall when the barbarians of the North take up arms and invadeLucanus is our hero, although he really doesn't want to be; but he has a goodness about him which makes him an obvious choice for a leader - and to become the latest carrier of the name 'Pendragon'.The story is a clever amalgam of th [...]

  • J. Jones

    I had read somewhere that this was unlike any other books covering this subject and would not be what I was expecting and they weren't wrong. It gives a completely new spin on that period of history and those dark turbulent times at the twilight of the Roman empire in Britain.I'm a huge fan of James Wilde and absolutely loved the Hereward series and would even go as far as to say that was my favourite series or at least as good as Cornwell's Last Kingdom series, so I was always going to give thi [...]

  • Raymond Just

    An extremely well-written introduction to what is clear will be a sweeping series which blends British and Roman history with Celtic and Welsh myth and folklore. Take note - This tale is conceived as a broad and finely woven tapestry, and the reader must exercise some real patience as James slowly draws us back until individual threads are gradually seen as comprising a much larger, more satisfying whole. The characters are drawn with depth and clear, realistic motivations, my favorite by far be [...]

  • MarkP

    I wasn't at all sure that I was going to enjoy this re-imaging of the Arthurian legend when I initially started it but my appreciation of both the story and the characters grew the more time I invested in it. Though not unique perhaps in its interpretation and setting - many of the core elements and key characters are here, wrapped in a background of Roman occupied Britain in the final days of the Roman empire - the story is sufficiently different to make the tale an engaging one.

  • Jessica Almasio

    Non mi è piaciuto e non mi è nemmeno dispiaciutol'inizio è stato noioso ma poi devo dire che un po' mi ha preso, comunque non è stato nulla di speciale

  • Heather Young

    I found this a bit slow to start but once I got into it, the pages flew by. looking forward to the next one.

  • Robert

    A promising start of a new serie. I really enjoyed reading this novel, with good characters, and looking forward to the second one.

  • Thomas

    Un libro che naviga nel mito, nella leggenda, più che nella storia pura e cruda. C'è quasi un'aria sovrannaturale, di magia, che si può respirare, ma l'autore è sempre attento a non esagerare e a rendere credibili gli incredibili (ai nostri occhi abituati al XXI secolo) fatti che accadono, con una sapiente scrittura solida e accurata. È abbastanza avvincente anche se è solo dalla metà in poi che è difficile staccarsi dalla storia. I personaggi sono ben caratterizzati e anche se all'inizi [...]

  • David

    I remember reading, a few years ago, Hereward, by the same author (James Wilde).That novel was OK, but nothing special - not enough to make me want to go and actually look for other works by the same author.That was not to say, however, that I wouldn't pick one up if I happened to come across it and if the subject matter interested me, which was exactly the case when I came across this one.According to - that font of all knowledge! - Pendragon literally means "Chief-Dragon" or "Head-Dragon" and [...]

  • Kathryn West

    A tale of Arthurian legend that is far closer to our pagan roots. The author had done his homework around the true riding the broom before Christians changed it to evil witches flying through the air Hadrians wall is not a monument but a necessity to keep the barbarians out. but it's not working. A tale of history combined with mysticism that explores how legends start. and a group of people fighting to survive against the odds.