While the druids of the Isle of the Mighty predict the coming of one whose song will change the world, a young priestess in Atlantis foresees the destruction of her homeland. The love story of the bard Taliesin and the Princess Charis begins a new series for Lawhead ("The Empyrion Saga" and the "Dragon King Trilogy"). This graceful combination of Atlantean legend, Celtic myth, and Christian messagereminiscent of C.S. Lewisis highly recommended. JC Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Book one of The Pendragon Cycle, in which the tale is told of the "twilight of Atlantis--and of the brilliant dawning of the Arthurian Era!" Lawhead sometimes writes down to the level of romantic pseudo-historical fiction, but sometimes rises to higher levels along the lines of Tolkien, threading into the "retelling" of the Arthurian legend an explicitly Christian message. This is the first book I read following my ear surgery to restore my hearing, and while sometimes overwrought, … more
An awesome, ambitious and very clever re-telling of the Arthurian legend. But for me, the heavy-handed almost sermonizing emphasis on the birth of Christianity got in the way. You may wish to judge for yourself.
Stephen Lawhead's storytelling is certainly ambitious. In Taliesin, he has proposed nothing less than a fanciful, fluid blending of three mythologies into a single epic history - the twilight and final cataclysmic collapse of the fantastic empire of Atlantis; the inspiring life of Taliesin, Celtic bard and shaman, thought to be father to Merlin, during the withdrawal of the Roman Empire in Britain and the onset of the Dark Ages; and the endlessly repeated (and despite today's protestations … more