Friday, February 4, 2011

BOOK REVIEW: Prophecy by K M Hume

Title:                      Prophecy
Author:                  K M Hume
Publisher:               Headline Fiction
RRP:                     $29.99
ISBN:                   9780755371433
Release Date:        Feb 2011
Pages:                   560


The first in an epic historical trilogy charting the heroic life of Merlin, the most popular and complex wizard of all time.
Amid the bloody battlefields of Britain, Merlin is marked for greatness...
In the town of Segontium, a fugitive is washed ashore. He brutally rapes the granddaughter of the king of the Deceangli tribe, leaving her to bear his son, Myrddion. Spurned as a demon seed, the boy is raised by his grandmother and he is apprenticed to a skilled healer who hones his remarkable gift. Meanwhile, the High King of the Celts, Vortigern, is rebuilding the ancient fortress at Dinas Emrys. According to a prophecy, he must use the blood of a demon seed to make the towers stand firm. Myrddion s life is in jeopardy. But the boy has a prophecy of his own and a richer destiny to fulfil. Soon Vortigern shall be known as the harbinger of chaos, and Myrddion must use his gifts for good in a kingdom besieged by evil. So begins the healer s journey to greatness...

After a trilogy of Historical Fiction novels about King Arthur, K M Hume has begun a new trilogy about Merlin in the same spin. Prophecy starts of the trilogy with a strong novel, similar to the Arthur trilogy with a variance to the common legend and folk lore.

Hume creates strong and interesting characters, some familiar and some new to the reader. I was slightly disappointed with the final book in the Arthur series and tempted to give this new series a miss for fear of disappointment. I’m glad that I gave this book a go as it returns to the fine form that Hume began the previous series with.

The best thing about this novel is the freshness of the well worn mythology. If you picked it up thinking that it would be just another retelling of the old Arthurian tale, then you would be quite surprised.  This is the start of a great trilogy.

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