Fifth century Britannia is in shock at the murder of charismatic High King, Ambrosius Aurelianus, and looks to his brother and successor, Uther, to continue his work in leading the resistance to barbarian invaders. Uther’s destiny as a warrior king seems set until his world is turned on its head when his burning desire to possess the beautiful Ygerne leads to conflict. Could the fate of his kingdom hang in the balance as a consequence?
Court healer and schemer, Merlyn, sees an opportunity in Uther’s lustful obsession to fulfil the prophetic visions that guide him. He is encouraged on his mission by druids who align their desire for a return to ancient ways with his urge to protect the one destined to save the Britons from invaders and lead them to a time of peace and prosperity. Merlyn must use his wisdom and guile to thwart the machinations of an enemy intent on foiling his plans.
Meanwhile, Saxon chiefs Octa and Ælla have their own plans for seizing the island of Britannia and forging a new colony of Germanic tribes. Can Uther rise above his family problems and raise an army to oppose them?
Book three in A Light in the Dark Ages series, Uther’s Destiny is an historical fiction novel set in the Fifth Century – a time of myths and legends that builds to the greatest legend of all – King Arthur and his knights.
Available to buy from 9th March 2018
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Now this is book 3 in the series and it worked perfectly well as a stand alone for me. Set in fifth century Britannia, one of the things that Tim Walker makes a point of telling the reader, is that there are very little actual records of this time. It is all a little sketchy. Well all I can say to that is he has made a darn good job of filling the gaps because this is one pretty intense read.
I think it is a shame that stories and events from the past are all under the heading of ‘History’, it is a treasure trove of events and very colourful characters. From who shall be King of Britannia, to love stories, to ferrous battles and human sacrifices. All pretty cool. Now envy of living back in this era I haven’t though, especially as a woman!
Although it may have been normal practice for how King Uther behaved, I don’t know, but I just did not like him. I mean talk about I came, I saw, and I conquered. The hairs on my arms are coming up just writing about him. His obsession for the wife of one of his men is all-consuming for him. He is King and will take what ever he wants without losing face. It leads him, through the guidance of Merlyn and his visions, on the road to produce a legend King of the future. Just heart breaking at times for poor Ygerne.
This is just one totally absorbing read with tell it as it is writing of some of the cruelest and bloodiest battles to take back land from invaders. Merlyn had his own agenda and the ear of a willing King. Set over quite a number of years, this book is a complete story in itself. I really enjoyed the pace of it all, no lulls, just a seamless mix of fact and fiction to create a cracking story.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Postcards from London, a book of short stories, is my latest release in September 2017.
In March 2018 I will launch my third historical novel, Uther’s Destiny.
My other release from 2017 is an historical fiction novel, Ambrosius: Last of the Romans, set in the fifth century after the Romans left Britain. This book is part two in A Light in the Dark Ages series.
My first novel, Devil Gate Dawn, released in April 2016, is a thriller set in 2026 that predicts political chaos in a divided post-Brexit UK, and a dystopian Trump America.
I also have a book of short stories, Thames Valley Tales, a collection of 15 contemporary stories that evoke the rich history and legend of places along the River Thames.
Abandoned! is a short novella, and is part one of A Light in the Dark Ages series. I am currently writing part three, working title, Uther’s Destiny.
I have recently published my first children’s book, The Adventures of Charly Holmes, co-authored with my daughter, Cathy.
OTHER BOOKS IN THIS SERIES