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The Pagan King

1 rating: 2.0
A book by Edison Marshall

The mysterious Song of Camlon tells of a mighty warrior who will win the crown of Cambria. This is Arthur's great destiny-or so prophesies Merdin the seer.To claim his birthright, the simple Welsh rustic must overcome the tyrant Vortigern, his brilliant … see full wiki

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Author: Edison Marshall
Publisher: Impressions
1 review about The Pagan King

A Let Down, Unfortunately!

  • Oct 9, 2001
Rating:
+2
I'm rather enamored of adventures and historicals and, among my favorites, are tales of the Dark and Middle Ages. So when I noticed this one, a re-print of a book by Edison Marshall, who wrote many tales in this vein back in the fifties, I rushed to order it. Unfortunately it did not live up to my expectations. It's a decent enough interpretation of the Arthurian legend, offering a realistic reconstruction of how the tale might have originally arose, based on the older Welsh elements. And the prose, especially at the beginning, really wowed me as it seemed rolling and poetic and fresh. But the tale, itself, finally bogged down, being laden with flat and lifeless characters and a predictability which, combined with the dull players, caused me to want to give up on the book half way through. But I didn't surrender to that impulse, primarily because I wanted to do this review (not a great reason to finish a book, I'll grant you). In the end this tale did not soar as I'd hoped it would and the lively, fresh writing with which it began became staler, along with the tale it was telling. Even the Arthur character never fully became clear, remaining a somewhat unsympathetic bumbler to the end, not at all convincing as king or hero. If you like adventure or Arthurian material you might find that this one suits you. But clearly it didn't work for me though I must admit, I'm a harder sell these days than I used to be. Three stars for the workman-like quality of the prose. Othwerwise I'd have rated it lower.

SWM

The King of Vinland's Saga

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