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Pendragon Cycle, The:1. Taliesin
Stephen Lawhead
ISBN: 9780745913094 (0745913091)Dyddiad Cyhoeddi Mai 2004
Cyhoeddwr: Lion Publishing, Rhydychen
Fformat: Clawr Meddal, 177 x 110 mm, 512 tudalen Iaith: Saesneg Archebir yn l y galw Ein Pris: £6.99   
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Y nofel gyntaf mewn cyfres sydd wedi ei lleoli ym Mhrydain yng nghyfnod y Rhufeiniaid ac yn cynnwys elfennau o chwedloniaeth Geltaidd wrth sôn am hanes Taliesin, Myrddin ac Arthur. Cyhoeddwyd gyntaf Ionawr 1998.

The first novel in The Pendragon Cycle, a magnificent epic set against the backcloth of Roman Britain and Celtic legend which spans the periods of the heroes Taliesin, Merlin and Arthur. First published in January 1998.
This novel, beginning the Pendragon Cycle, ventures into a very popular (if not over-populated) area of both fantasy and historical fiction – the matter of Britain. Stephen Lawhead chooses to begin with the figure of Taliesin and to place him in the period of late Roman Britain (about 350AD onwards). The chapters which deal with Taliesin's foster father Elphin at Caer Dyvi give a lively picture of Romano-British life with references to actual figures and events (e.g. Fullofaudes commanding troops on Hadrian's wall and the barbarian conspiracy overrunning many northern and coastal areas in 367). The survival of an active Druidic priesthood (alongside the bardic network) is unlikely (even under Julian) while the description of Christian missionaries does not suggest that the Christian church had already become an Imperial institution, but the author skillfully fleshes out details of the traditional tale of Taliesin in this part of the story.

However, this is told in parallel with a version of the (equally well-worked) fall of Atlantis. Here Lawhead creates a society based on the bronze-age Minoan empire very reminiscent of Marie Renault's classic The King Must Die (with some Hittite and Sumerian features) which enjoys trade with Mycenae and ends in a cataclysm resembling that of 1450BC. It was therefore with something of a grinding of gears that the survivors arrived in Somerset in the 4th Century AD. Up to this point the mysterious infant Taliesin might have been a surviving time-traveller from lost Atlantis, but this is negated by him witnessing the fall.

I am unclear whether Lawhead is working on a 'parallel universe’ fantasy in which Atlantis survived into the late Roman period, or a historical romance set in this world as his cycle moves towards the semi-historical Arthur. In my opinion, features of the one seem to get in the way of the other.

As a fantasy story unaffected by associations it is exciting, colourful and romantic. As a treatment of Celtic material, I find the Atlantean element confused and unsatisfactory. It is clear that the author has done research on the late Roman period and in many ways he recreates it well, but fails to dovetail it with the fantasy element.

Caroline Clark

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