The last of the Romans have left Britannia, leaving greedy and ruthless men to seize power and rip the land asunder. Without the discipline of Rome to stop them, relentless Pictii come down from the North to raid her settlements, and boatloads of Saxons sail west from Germania to pillage her shores. Grown soft with nearly five generations of Roman order, most men in BrythoThe last of the Romans have left Britannia, leaving greedy and ruthless men to seize power and rip the land asunder. Without the discipline of Rome to stop them, relentless Pictii come down from the North to raid her settlements, and boatloads of Saxons sail west from Germania to pillage her shores. Grown soft with nearly five generations of Roman order, most men in Brython are unable to defend their homes against these threats, both from within and without. But there is hope. Emrys and Uthyr, the two youngest sons of Constantine, the last great Roman leader in Britannia, have come of age and return to Brython to avenge their father and reclaim his usurped throne. Along with their strange druid advisor, Myrthin Wyllt, they lead a campaign to unite the clans of Brython against the tyranny of her enemies, vowing to restore the peace and order once enjoyed under Rome's protection. Bran knows the war for Brython is far larger than any one clan can hope to win alone. He pledges fealty to Emrys and his obligations thicken. His strength, compassion and loyalty are continually put to the test as he struggles to meet the mounting demands of his country, clan, wife and family, as well as those of his otherworldly master, Arawn, who has daunting plans of his own for him. Meanwhile, strange, winding roads beckon to Taliesin, leading him to worlds both sublime and dark. Arhianna's fate leads her home, but at a frightening and terrible cost. Gareth finds himself duty-bound to Mynyth Aur, but, like his father, longs for the horizon. In Bran's absence, Lucia strives to remain a strong leader and mentor for her children and the people of her clan, determined to keep those she loves and cares for united in mind and spirit. New and unlikely alliances are forged while old enemies churn forth new grievances, testing the limits of every relationship. All struggle to meet their responsibilities within the chaos surrounding their homeland, but remain hopeful they will succeed in putting a just king on the throne who will usher in a new age free from terror and tyranny....
|Title||:||Rise of the Pendragon|
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Rise of the Pendragon Reviews
I was keen to get into Rise of the Pendragon, the third book in the Islands in the Mist series, and was greatly looking forward to seeing how author J.M. Hofer would weave the complexities of the Arthurian legends into the lives of the characters already established in previous instalments. Because of the existing narratives of Bran, Lucia and the Oaks, the way the Arthurian legends unfurled was fresh and original, focusing mainly on Uthyr’s rise to power. Taliesin, Arhianna and Gareth were all solid characters throughout, and I enjoyed returning to Bran and Lucia’s narration.Overall I really enjoyed this read, but for me, there were a few things that fell short. Though the author describes the varying Otherworlds, Gods and lands of the Fae beautifully, the frequency with which the characters’ narratives entwine in these worlds increases in Rise of the Pendragon, and therefore these scenes lose some of their potency. The narrative also hopped fleetingly between varying points of view, including not only our mains (Arhrianna, Gareth, Taliesin, Bran, Lucia and Uther), but several minor characters as well (Igerna, Aelhaearn, Camulos, Nimue, Myrthin and Inga). Despite always being engaging, at times I felt this restlessness disrupted the flow of the narrative. I did find Taliesin’s retelling of one of the battles repetitive, particularly as we’d just experienced it first-hand, and the occasional paragraph could have been streamlined by cutting any repeated words. There were also a couple of errors that, unlike the occasional typo, broke consistency. While reading the second half of the book I felt as if the author had perhaps outlined certain aspects from which to develop her characters, but had then let them write themselves into the unexpected without checking back to the beginning of their narratives to ensure they hadn’t undermined themselves (specifically, Nimue being bound to the lake of Affalon, and her subsequent interaction with Taliesin). As well as this, Uthyr sees dragon scales for the first time twice, on page 160 and then again on page 221.That said, I loved that the author listened to where her characters were taking her and the natural character development that saw Taliesin and Arhrianna’s paths entwine. Arhrianna and Igerna’s friendship was a delight and felt like the pillar to the tale. For most of the book I was expecting a twist to reveal that Myrthin was in fact Taliesin’s future self, but enjoyed his positioning in the tale as someone truer to the darker side of King Arthur’s Merlin—who, in the legends, did do questionable things. The character descriptions were rich, the scenes were brilliantly described and as always the fight scenes were exciting. The descriptions of death and the politics described between the Gods were particularly engaging (some of my favourite scenes were in Knockma) and the visuals were cinematic.Despite the few points mentioned above I really enjoyed Rise of the Pendragon and wonder if my expectations were simply built too high by Hofer’s previous books in this series, with the addition of it being Arthurian. This was a fascinating read and I am greatly looking forward to the next book in the series.I am voluntarily reviewing this book. I thank the author for sharing a copy of the book with me.
This series just gets better and better. All the stuff I enjoy in a book. Swords, magic, war, mages (druids), love and a lot of pain. I enjoyed this one more than the other 2. Things didn't go as well as I had hoped, but maybe in the next book. At a time of magic, empires, power struggles and stabbing in the back. A lot going on. Anything more you'll have read yourself. JM Hofer is a very talented author and I'll always read her books. I highly recommend the complete series.
I love this series (I hope there will be a book 4)I have just started listening to Islands in the Mist - Book 1 with my girlfriend and she is hooked as well!