Hafan Llyfrau Basged Man Talu Fy Nghyfrif Cymorth Cynigion Arbennig Cysylltu   English  
Dod o Hyd i Siop Lyfrau
Gwybodaeth Lyfryddol
Pendragon Cycle, The:4. Pendragon
Stephen Lawhead
ISBN: 9780745927633 (0745927637)Dyddiad Cyhoeddi Ionawr 1994
Cyhoeddwr: Lion Publishing, Rhydychen
Fformat: Clawr Meddal, 400 tudalen Iaith: Saesneg Archebir yn ôl y galw Ein Pris: £6.99   
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Y bedwaredd nofel 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.

The fourth 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.
This fourth volume of the series returns to Arthur's early childhood hidden in Wales and then in Caer Edyn with Sir Ectorius (who is surprisingly descended from 'a long line of Roman officers' a long way north of the wall). This section establishes Cai/Caius and Bedwyr as Arthur's first friends and contains a royal staghunt which suggests Arthur is under divine protection.

Part two then jumps to Arthur's two coronations with strong Celtic Christian elements when, in Londinium, he is suddenly claimed as husband by an Irish amazon called Gwenhwyvar. The scene moves to her father's Antrium kingdom, Dal Riata, and another saintly intervention when St Ciaran cures Merlin of his blindness. Irish festivities are cut short by the arrival of a fleet of Vandals (an original take on the Mabinogi's black boar, the Twrch Trwyth) whom Arthur first drives from Ireland and then hunts across Britain. The Vandals apparently settle in Mercia by truce after Arthur kills their leader in a duel. (I am not sure what date in British history we have reached at this point but the only known Vandal settlement in Britain was much earlier, 270-80, under Roman rule.) Arthur, though victorious, is mortally wounded, but healed in Avalon by angels. The pursuit of the Vandals is complicated by an onset of plague and Merlin, the narrator, also experiences a vision of his father who reproaches him for betraying his true bardic calling. At the crisis he sings to the Britains a version of the three plagues and the grain of rescue from the Welsh story of Lludd - inspiring, though of doubtful relevance.

Despite this grand conclusion, this is a fragmented novel which gives the impression of using up bits of myth not previously integrated into the series. The author's use of Mabinogion material, which in Taliesin was well done, is here undigested. The tasks which are the main part of the Twrch Trwyth are not used.

Although there are good action sequences, I do not feel this stands up well beside other treatments of Arthurian material or that the character of Arthur fully captures one's heart or imagination.

Caroline Clark

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