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The Killing Way (The Arthurian Mysteries #1)

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It is the time of Arthur, but this is not his storied epic. Arthur is a young and powerful warrior who some would say stands on the brink of legend. Britain’s leaders have come to elect a new supreme king, and Arthur is favored. But when a young woman is brutally murdered and the blame is placed at Merlin’s feet, Arthur’s reputation is at stake and his enemies are poised t ...more
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Published (first published March 31st 2009)
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Ranting Dragon
Jul 14, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: caleigh

The Killing Way by Tony Hays is marked “an Arthurian mystery” on the front cover, a brilliant concept that immediately drew my attention. More of a historical mystery than a fantasy — though with Druidic magic still at the forefront of everyone’s minds — The Killing Way begins the story of Malgwyn ap Cuneglas, Arthur’s most trusted friend. Malgwyn reluctantly becomes embroiled in a murder mystery involving all of Arthur’s court and a dangerous plot to over
Now I've read a handful of historical mysteries, I'm starting to see trends -- the interest in the physical things surrounding the stories: how this was built or by whom, what purpose this serves, etc. I'm really not so interested in that: I know how castles are built, and often by whom, or at least what particular purpose they've served, and I am far more interested in reading about people.

Fortunately, to some extent, I can say that Tony Hays delivers both. He invents the central character, the
Aug 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a believer in the myth of King Arthur? Read this book. It just might change your mind. Here is an author who does a brilliant job of stripping down the myth of King Arthur. Remove all of the mystic and what are you left with? A British man who has adopted Roman ways and struggles to maintain order between old ways and new beliefs. Even if you aren't a fan of the Arthur mythology, this book is worth reading for Malgwyn.
A reread in preparation for my dissertation. I remembered Tony Hays' betrayal of Kay -- very human, noble and capable, without any influence from the later traditions. He isn't much of a seneschal figure here, but given that Arthur is an active king and not set dressing, it makes sense that Kay (always so closely linked to him) is active and capable too.

Overall, it's an interesting enough story and easy to read: it kept my attention despite being a reread, and it's full of interesting characters
Susan (aka Just My Op)
This Arthurian mystery is told from the perspective of “Mad Malgwyn,” a former soldier who became a drunken disgrace after he lost his wife and after Lord Arthur saved him on the battlefield. Malgwyn hated Arthur for saving his life after his arm was severed, believing death is preferable to life as a one-armed man. Despite his downfall, he is chosen to investigate the murder of a servant girl, using his 6th century forensic knowledge. Of course, nothing is quite as it seems, and the murder of a ...more
Nov 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is the time of Arthur, but this is not his storied epic. Arthur is a young and powerful warrior who some would say stands on the brink of legend. Britain's leaders have come to elect a new supreme king, and Arthur is favored. But when a young woman is brutally murdered and the blame is placed at Merlin's feet, Arthur's reputation is at stake and his enemies are poised to strike. Arthur turns to Malgwyn ap Cuneglas, a man whose knowledge of battle and keen insight into how the human mind works ...more
Jul 20, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-read
This was an exceptionally well written book, and I blew through it pretty quickly. It was definitely an interesting concept, a story billed as "An Arthurian Mystery". I have to admit that with the rather dull cover artwork (library edition), I would have given this a pass if it had not mentioned the "Arthurian mystery" bit on it.

Also, I have to be perfectly candid about one thing. This book felt like the author took most of the characters and background from the various Arthur books that attemp
Rather than being the Arthurian epic of battle, intrigue and bloodshed that I was expecting, it feels a lot more like a standard fare modern murder mystery pattern but dressed up in a Dark Ages costume.
A slightly irritating routine also becomes apparent that the author attempted to cover up this relatively simple mechanism by trying to make the dialogue more wordy but more sounding pretentious than poetic, like a script you'd expect to hear at a Renaissance Fair play rather than an articulate sp
Kathy Doll
Sorry, this book didn't stand out in any way, shape or form, for me. I give it a general review of 'meh'.

Told from the viewpoint of Malgwyn, who once was a soldier in Arthur's army, but since the loss of an arm in battle, is now a self pitying drunk. Maidens are killed in the village, and Malgwyn gets to the bottom of the mystery of how they died by the end of the book.

The story itself is good enough, but I was much annoyed by the dialogue throughout. Too many 'Twas's, 'Tis's, Aye's and other af
For some reason I found this book very soothing despite it being a murder mystery. I felt comfortable with "Mad Malgwyn", the protagonist and I felt in some way included in his adventure and was happy to keep coming back into his world. The story is set in the court of Arthur just prior to his election as high king of the tribes uniting against the invading Saxons. There are only the germs of the familiar Arthurian story here. This is more rooted in possible history than in legend. The perps we ...more
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A native of Madison, Tennessee, Tony spent his teenage years on a farm about 10 miles southeast of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Although he had dreamed of being a writer since childhood, it was only after a brief career as a university administrator that he began to come into his own. Initially, he was awarded an undergraduate degree in history and a MA in educational psychology from Tennessee Technol ...more
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