“Even the woods are burning. I plunge past the torched byre and hard into the shoulder-deep growth of brambles between the trees, but there’s a fire ahead of me as well as behind. The hall on the hill’s top where I thought I’d find shelter is already blazing. I can hear men’s voices baying like hounds on a scent, the hooves of horses on the winter earth like drums…”
Welcome to the dark side of Camelot.
Myrddin transforms Gwynna into the mysterious Lady of the Lake, a boy warrior, and a spy…
Set in southwest Britain in the year 500 AD, and exposing the dark side of Camelot. Arthur is a brutal, bullying tyrant, and not terribly bright. His fame stems solely from the stories spun by Myrrdin, a traveling bard and trickster. But this story is not primarily Arthur’s. It is Gwyna’s, a child who is rescued by Myrddin when her village is sacked and burned.
Myrrdin takes her under his care, disguising her first as the Lady of the Lake, and then as a boy. He agrees to protect Gwynna if she will agree to be bound in service to him. Gwynna is frightened but intrigued – and says yes – for this Myrddin serves the young, rough, and powerful Arthur. In the course of their travels, Myrddin transforms Gwynna into the mysterious Lady of the Lake, a boy warrior, and a spy.
Without Gwyna, Myrddin will not be able to work the most glorious transformation of all – and turn the leader of a raggle-taggle band into King Arthur, the greatest hero of all time.