PRELUDE TO CAMELOT
As the title implies, this is a look at the Arthurian legend when the principals involved are quite young and Uther Pendragon yet lives. Fans of the legends of King Arthur should enjoy the interesting twists.
Uther Pendragon, the King of Kernow, desires Ygraine, the wife of one of his vassals. With the help of his magician, Myrddin, he has her and so begets Arthur. As the young Arthur grows, unaware of who his father really is, he makes friends and enemies and is taught and guided by Myrddin.
His main enemy is his half-sister Morgana, while his friends include Bedwyr, the older brother of Gwenhwyfar. He experiences his first kill in battle, marriage, the sorrow of love lost, first thoughts of the round table, the realization that Gwenhwyfar has grown into a spirited woman and the final revelation of his true heritage. (HIGHLAND PRESS, May, 224 pp., $11.99)