'Tell me of Arthur', says Igraine, 'our last and best hope, our king who never was a king, the Enemy of God and the scourge of the Saxons'
Arthur has won his bloody victory at Lugg Vale and the kingdoms are finally united. Mordred's throne is safe, Guinevere is to bear Arthur a child and Lancelot is to marry Ceinwyn. After one last battle against the Saxons, Arthur will rule a peaceful, orderly land.
But, unlike Merlin, Arthur has forgotten the Gods, who thrive on chaos. Merlin, weaver of charms, knows that if the Gods are to be restored, he must bring together Britain's thirteen sacred objects. Derfel, the stalwart of Arthur's shield wall, is drawn into Merlin's intrigues and Arthur's plans are thrown into turmoil ...
Don't miss The Winter King, the first volume in Bernard Cornwell's powerful Warlord Chronicles, also published in Penguin