Warrior of the West

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Warrior of the West

The King Arthur Trilogy Book Two

"The Warrior of the West," the second book in the King Arthur Trilogy by M.K. Hume, is another creative and imaginative King Arthur story. Hume starts the story twelve years after Arthur becomes High King, and readers will see Arthur in a new light. He is no longer a young man who believes he can bring peace to Britain. He has become a war-hardened, logical king who is trying to keep the Saxons at bay for as long as he can. The tough decisions he has to make, along with the loss of old friends make him less friendly, yet readers will still like him, because of his compassion and strength. Guenevere, or Wenhaver as she is known in this story, is a lot like she usually is in a King Arthur story. She's vain, manipulative, and ultimately betrays Arthur. I have never cared for her and still don't. Hume writes a different Nimue than most and i enjoyed seeing her differently. I can only remember Nimue vaguely in other stories, and just as the evil woman who lured Merlin away from Arthur. In "Warrior of the West" Nimue isn't portrayed as evil, and she doesn't lure Merlin away from Arthur because she is mean-spirited. I believe readers will find Nimue a pleasurable character worth reading about. "Warrior of the West" has lots of action, though I feel the battle with Ironfist lasts a little too long. Overall, Hume has written another great story readers will find hard to put down. Readers don't have to read "Dragon's Child" to keep up with the story of "Warrior of the West," but I recommend they start at the beginning anyways to get to know the characters better

Arthur has been High King of the Britons for the last twelve years and has been able to keep the Saxons from overtaking the Celts. Needing an heir, he chooses to marry the mean-spirited Wenhaver who only cares for herself. When Wenhaver betrays him, and he discovers an appalling perversion in his kingdom, Arthur finds himself in need of his friend and adviser Merlin more than ever. Sadly, Merlin has left Arthur's side, and now Arthur must decide how to proceed on his own, and the pressure is intense, for the fate of the whole kingdom rests on his decision.

Book Blurb for Warrior of the West

Warrior of the West – King Arthur’s Journey Continues.

Twelve years have passed since Arthur was crowned High King. Against all odds, he has united Celtic Britain and banished the Saxons. Although he’s succeeded in defeating all external threats and his kingdom is at its zenith, it is now being undermined from within.

Arthur has chosen evil Wenhaver as his queen and second wife. Wenhaver will always love what she cannot have and have what she cannot love, and her bitterness threatens to bring down all those around her.

Arthur is betrayed by his wife and also learns of appalling perversion at the heart of his kingdom. With his guide and master tactician, Myrddion, gone, Arthur must decide how to proceed if he wishes to see Britain stand strong. The fate of a kingdom rests on his shoulders and his selflessness is put to the test.

Could all that Arthur has bought for be lost forever?

Night Owl Reviews Feb, 2014 4.00