Sign of the White Foal
by Chris Thorndycroft
Publication Date: July 1, 2019
eBook & Paperback; 327 Pages
Series: Arthur of the Cymry Trilogy (Book 1)
Genre: Historical Fiction
A generation after Hengest and Horsa carved out a kingdom in the east, a hero of the Britons rises in the west…
480 A.D. The sons of Cunedag have ruled Venedotia for fifty years but the chief of them – the Pendraig – is now dying. His sons Cadwallon and Owain must fight to retain their birthright from their envious cousins. As civil war consumes Venedotia, Arthur – a young warrior and bastard son of the Pendraig – is sent on a perilous quest that will determine the fate of the kingdom.
The Morgens; nine priestesses of the Mother Goddess have found the cauldron of rebirth – a symbol of otherworldly power – and have allied themselves with the enemy. Arthur and six companions are dispatched to the mysterious island of Ynys Mon to steal the cauldron and break the power of the Morgens. Along the way they run into the formidable Guenhuifar whose family have been stewards of Ynys Mon for generations. They need her help. The trouble is, Guenhuifar despises Arthur’s family and all they stand for…
Based on the earliest Arthurian legends, Sign of the White Foal is a rip-roaring adventure of Celtic myth and real history set in the ruins of post-Roman Britain.
About the Author
Chris Thorndycroft is a British writer of historical fiction, horror and fantasy. His early short stories appeared in magazines and anthologies such as Dark Moon Digest and American Nightmare. His first novel under his own name was A Brother’s Oath; the first book in the Hengest and Horsa Trilogy. He also writes under the pseudonym P. J. Thorndyke.
Coffee and Ink’s review:
I don’t know which is more interesting—the stories of King Arthur and his court or how these stories came to be from the myths and ancient traditions of Albion. The Romans abandoned their forts to the people of the isle, but left behind their influence and culture— a potent blend from which to make something new. In this novel, the cauldron Arthur and his band hunt seems to represent the times—change is nothing to fear unless it heralds a return to a baser time or used for evil.
The author has cooked up his own potent brew in this gripping adventure story and retelling of the Arthurian myth. Between the two narratives and the details of daily life, the battles, the myths come to life, I found it very hard to put down. A fascinating time and a fascinating retelling, I highly recommend this book.
Blog Tour Schedule
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Guest Post at Gwendalyn’s Books
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Review at Hoover Book Reviews
Friday, August 2
Review at Stephanie’s Novel Fiction
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