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Unconventional author of 'The Silurian' series. 7 Books (book 8 and the final of the series is still a work in progress).
That Challenges the conventional Arthurian genre novel.
Imaginative creative writer, Iconoclastic, ever seeking to break the mold of mass produced and formulaic novel construction.
Mary Josefina Cade
on July 07, 2014 :
The Fox on the Water. A beautiful visual image, reinforced by the cover of the book. As soon as I started reading I was transported to a vivid world and the raw emotions of a time without the 21st century distractions of email, social media or on demand TV watching. A time when the awareness that death might arrive at any moment gave extra sweetness to life and love was all. Survival meant relying on others, group living and true deep friendship.The narrator, the awesome Prince Bedwyr, the Fox, has loved Arthur since boyhood. He and Arthur are now older, great warriors acknowledged as High King and High Prince of Britain.
When ‘The Fox on the Water’ begins, Arthur is away from Britain, fighting in Armorica (roughly equivalent to Brittany, in France). Bedwyr crosses the sea to join him with the Norse-men. Here I found the best evocation of a Viking journey I’d ever read. Sailing on a ‘vast open wilderness of water’ with the Norse Men, in their long-ship, Wave-Hound, Bedwyr is amazed by the ‘red sky, dark waves, sweet wind, cold, far, far, from land. This was a journey to the ends of the earth, would we fall over the edge?’ It really gave me a sense of wonder at the Norse-men/Vikings and their navigational and survival skills. Many adventures follow on from this one, much love and death, but also laughter. Arthur and the Fox both have a strong sense of humour!
I admit to being obsessed with 'The Silurian' series, for me the best ever re-telling of the Arthurian legends, the 'matter of Britain', a true myth. I'm totally addicted to the wild hallucinogenic writing of L.A. Wilson who I would name as Arthur's bard and poet. In all the books there is an intense sense of being alive. The past isn’t ‘another country’, it is now, and I always feel that events are actually happening as I read, taken into Bedwyr’s heart, living his life, moment by moment.
Bedwyr believes that he will live on after Arthur dies but that once his life is over, 'I would be with him forever in Avalon, where we would be lovers, such as we were not in this life, and there, we would not be judged or harmed, but free to love.' Beautiful. ‘The Fox on the Water’ is a message of love without prejudice, universal love, a powerful, passionate book.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on April 14, 2012 :
I started with book one of this series on a Saturday and ten days later I had read cover to cover each of the nine books and now wait with rapt anticipation for the final installment. As a student of romance literature and a huge fan of the Artherian legand, the series held me captive from word one. Wilson has crafted one of the truest romance tales since the Romance of the Rose. The desperate degree of forbidden and unrequited love speaks to the deepest level of desire as well as the honor and cataclysmic power of love. The author takes considerable license with the legend, which rather than detracting from the readers connection to it, allowed me to feel as though I was reading the tale whole and new for the first time. The nature of the author's license actually enabled me to feel connected with the plot and the characters in a way that I have never known before. The emotional consequence of reading this series is the most exquisite and delicious torture that I have ever known in literature
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Sep. 01, 2011 :
I loved this entire series. After the first book, which I couldn't put down, I got the rest of the series and submersed myself into Celtic Britain. For a history buff like me the series has everything -- detail, battles, emotion, romance and accuracy.
Warning! This series is highly addictive! Clear your calendar first.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on May 17, 2011 :
This series of books is one of the better renditions of the Arthurian Legend I have read. If you are looking for a Camelot fairytale, look elsewhere. However, if you are looking for a narrative that places you in the middle of post-Roman Briton, with convincing characters and exciting battle scenes and situations, I can highly recommend this series. I found it hard to put down once I started reading. There are currently 9 books in the series with the 10th, and final volume, due for release later this year.
A good synopsis of "The Silurian" can be found at this link: http://tinyurl.com/62rhnbg
(reviewed within a month of purchase)