The Stolen Bride (The Arthurian Mysteries #4)
Malgwyn ap Cuneglas is counselor to Arthur, High King of the Britons.When he accompanies his liege to the West to broker a deal between warring tribes they come across a scene of utmost depravity and murder to sicken even the most battle-hardened warrior.Things don’t get any better when they finally arrive at their destination to discover that King Doged is fighting to k
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Fortune favoured me by letting me be selected to receive this book as a giveaway.Thanks so much, Mr Hays. It was a bit slow going at first but then developed into an interesting plot. I did not find there to be much historical information imparted but a lot of back story. The language used at first seems a bit all olde Englishe and this is carried through into the synopsis eg “in a manner most savage”. . The reader is left in no doubt that...more
When Malgwyn accompanies King Arthur to help settle a dispute in Doged’s troubled lands, they arrive to find more than ambitious nobles and Saxons vying for the throne. If Arthur wants to keep Doged’s land in the fold, and the gold that might be found in its mines, then they must find some way to keep the peace. But when Doged is murdered, his young wife demands answers. Ar...more
Hays does rely on traditional tropes of struggling romance, political betrayal, and scheming villains, but Malgwyn is an interesting protagonist. The author's depiction of Arthurian Britain has relatively few anachronisms compared with most versions from Malory onward.
I agree that some last-minute rescues seem repetitive, but the overall plot is satisfying.
Twice, TWICE, in this book, a sort-of-innocent character is mere SECONDS away from being beheaded and then a rider gallops in with Very Important Information at the LAST MOMENT that frees one character and condemns another. Tony Hays - this is getting old hat.