Hawk of May (Down the Long Wind #1)
An award-winning author finally gives voice to Arthur's greatest warrior
Tutored in dark magic by his mother, the beautiful, infinitely evil sorceress Morgawse, Gwalchmai doubts his path in life. But the isle of immortals calls him on a quest as a warrior of the Light...and seals his destiny as the hero of King Arthur's Britain. Framed by historical realism, Gillian Bradsh...more
This is a very different take on Gwalchmai's story. I've read a lot o...more
This is a lightly veiled intro into Christianity actually. I don't really remember seeing Arthur's story that way, but it is. And - truth be told - this book isn't about Arthur per se. It's about another character - Sir Gawain - and the complicated story of how he came to be th...more
From a very young age Gwalchmai is frowned upon by his father and elder brother as everything he seems to try and do falls short of the elders expectations. He is coddled by his mother the Queen Morgawse, who in her own right is the flesh an...more
However, this particular book follows a side character (Sir Gawain) rather than the main action and just just uses the King Arthur story as a backdrop for it's own. It's also not particularly concerned with being historically accurate, and is overtly a fantasy novel with demons, sorceresses, enchanted swords, and magic.
I really enjoyed this interesting take on the legend. Gwalchmai doesn't seem...more
I think it was because, in an effort to create the "warrior of light," this author took a path I thought we had long abandoned, of old ways and old gods being a darkness needing eradication. Students of history know, of course, that this is what happened- that pagans were considered witches and heretics and even as recently as the 19th c...more
I've read a fair bit of Arthurian fantasy over the...more
Gillian Bradshaw is a superb story-teller, and I read every book I can find by her.
This is one of my very favorite retellings of the Arthurian legend. This is the first of Bradshaw's trilogy and is told from the perspective of Gwalchmai (Gawain), son of Morgawse and Lot of the Orcades.
Bradshaw's narrative style is lovely and adds rather than detracts to the story. Gwalchmai is both a sympathet...more
I thought this was a wonderful take on the King Arthur legends. I love reading books about King Arthur, but this is the first time I've read one just about Sir Gawain. Hawk of M...more