Author Helen Hollock’s SHADOW OF THE KING is the final novel in the “Pendragon’s Banner Trilogy.” As with Books 1 and 2, I found myself unable to put this book down. Here, Ms. Hollick completes her story of King Arthur. It is a unique and creative version, without the magical or supernatural elements found in other books on the same subject.
Author Helen Hollock’s PENDRAGON’S BANNER is the second novel in the “Pendragon’s Banner Trilogy.” As with Book One, I found myself unable to put this book down. Ms. Hollick continues here with her story of King Arthur, a unique tale without magical or supernatural elements. It is more complicated than the first novel. Many of the characters from before, return here. I was immediately drawn into the narrative and was amazed at how believable her characters and storyline are. This is extraordinary “historical” fiction rather than fantasy.
I have always been drawn to all things Arthurian. In college I read Sir Thomas Malory’s extraordinary LE MORTE D’ARTHUR, and later really enjoyed T. H. White’s ONCE AND FUTURE KING, Mary Stewart’s series of novels, “The Arthurian Saga,” and Bernard Cornwell’s trilogy, “The Winter King.” The characters and worlds that the above authors created are magical, enchanting, and primarily based on folklore and myth.