The Silurian, Book 1: The Fox and The Bear

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Hundreds of years ago in a land ravaged by fierce clans, where only the strongest survive...a Legend of the People was born. From the historic tales of King Arthur comes a raw, riveting and passionate series of novels by author L.A. Wilson, who breathes fresh new life into this spell-binding story. Told in first-person by Bedwyr...the person closest to Arthur's heart. More

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About L.A. Wilson

L.A. Wilson
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.

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Review by: debby de on July 30, 2013 :
Can not stop reading it..... the story is on like forever. Love is
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Review by: Peter Nicholas Farrell on July 12, 2013 :
Absolutely brilliant. As good as Cornwell's "Warlords" series. Excellent writing, well crafted stories that make it hard to put them down.
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Review by: Why Bother on May 29, 2013 :
I am so hooked by these Silurian series. The best I've ever read on Arthur. Irresistible, full of yearning, heartbreaks and love. I could not described my mixed emotions when I read the books; often time shedding tears on how deep the story between Arthur and Bedwyr has affected me. Brilliant.
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Review by: Mary Josefina Cade on Nov. 07, 2012 :
L.A.Wilson has achieved the impossible and given new life to King Arthur. Farewell to the golden haired middle manager trying to be good, noble and 'nice'. Here is Arthur the Silurian with 'thick straight black hair and ebony-black eyes', emerging from the darkness of a bitter childhood to win his first battle at the age of fifteen.
This book is the first in a series which tell the story of the last defence of Britain against the invading Saxons, and of the old gods against the 'misery and sin and guilt' brought by missionary Christians.
The books are narrated by Arthur's foster brother Bedwyr, Prince of Gwynedd 'though I always preferred to be called the Fox, the name Arthur had given me when we were boys.I was the Fox and he was the Bear.' It is the Fox's love that helps Arthur to survive the cruelty of his abusive father Uthyr. I was completely drawn into this book by the passion and intensity of Bedwyr's words. He gives us the truth of his life - incredible courage, wild rebellion, the horrible intimacy of killing another person in battle, deep suffering, sexual passion and love. For me love is the power of this book, and the following books. The love between Arthur and Bedwyr, love between fellow warriors facing death on the battlefield, love between parent and child, and sexual love unrestricted by gender.'Love those you are with while you live, and have no care for those who judge you, for the judges do not have to live your life.'
L.A. Wilson is now my favourite author - an artist and a poet.
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Review by: Bradley Blackthorn on Aug. 28, 2011 :
I have read the entire series, all nine eBooks, with the tenth and final currently being written- expected for release in spring 2012. I have to say I was hooked from the first few pages, and finished the entire series in less than two weeks- and they are not short books; I just couldn't put them down.

This series is definitely not for the faint of heart, there is a LOT of violence, loss and tragedy within these pages. Yet, there is also an immense, pure, and powerful love story within that more than makes reading it worth the heartache. I have never read a series that I cried so much over, both in the uplifting tale of love between soulmates, but also the loss and sacrifices that are made and all the pain endured in the name of love.

Bedwyr and Arthur are heroes who embody the nature of true love; a love that goes beyond gender, beyond religion, and beyond death. I can honestly say though, that I am dreading reading the tenth book, because I have grown so attached to these two characters that I will be shattered through Bedwyr's own shattered heart, as Arthur told him when they were young that he will one day die in Bedwyr's arms. This isn't a homosexual love story though, as Arthur loves women and Bedwyr men; their love for each other simply goes above and beyond sexual love, as it involves a true, soul-deep love that transcends gender.

You ride the roller-coaster as Bedwyr struggles to understand himself and his own sexuality along with trying to understand the depths of his love for Arthur, all within a world that is increasingly becoming overtaken by the Roman Catholic Church which is leading down the path toward the dark ages- where 'sodomites' and pagans are increasingly hunted down and killed.

I wish I could express how much this story has truly touched me beyond any others that I've read. Obviously it does not follow the usual mythological tales of King Arthur, but instead, gives a whole new heart and soul to it. The character of Bedwyr became to be called 'Lancelot' over time, but historically, the true champion of Arthur was Bedwyr (also known as Bedivere).

If you take the time to read this series, I know that you will fall in love with it as I have.
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Review by: Kym Reed on July 22, 2011 : (no rating)
I love gritty retellings of the Arthurian legend and for the mosst part, this one does not disappoint. The Fox and The Bear is told from the point of view of Bedwyr (or as he's better known Bedivere), a prince of the Goddodin. He is the friend, foster-brother and companion to a young Arthur.

This is a dark story, filled with blood, lust, companioship and shades of homoerotic love. There's nothing sanitized here--Dark Age Britain is cruel, cold and brutal as were the lives of many of the people who lived back then. War abounds as does betrayal. One takes their pleasures when they can, and Arthur (as a randy young man) couples at will, all the while plotting to become Supreme Commander of Britain.

The characters--Arthur (the Silurian, also called the Bear), Bedwyr (the Fox), Medraut (the Snake) and Uthyr--are all complex men. Heroic at times, self-centered at others. It was especially hard to read about how Uthyr abused his own son then repudiated him publicly. Bedwyr loves Arthur and yet cannot reveal his feelings, but he spends most of the book declaring himself and putting himself at great risk to remain at his side.

I have to admit a certain fondness for the troubled Medraut, son of Lot. His love for Arthur knows no bounds--literally--and he will do for his friend and Supreme Commander what he knows Arthur cannot bring himself to do. Medraut makes no secret of his preference for men, nor of his taste for receiving pain. One gets the sense that he's supposedly the villian, and perhaps that may happen, but his life and his loyalty unto death to Arthur make him very sympathetic.

The battle scenes are so well-crafted I could see them playing out in my mind. I kept hearing the Carmina Burana as I envisioned hundreds of mounted warriors riding into battle, the red dragon banner flying overhead. Wilson does not skip the details and each encounter with the enemy--be they the Saxons or the Picts--left me holding my breath, wondering who would be wounded or lose their lives on the battlefield.

The place names for cities in this era are called by their Roman names, which if one is not familiar with Arthurian legends, will make one wonder just where the hell they are. Never fear, Wilson includes a glossary at the end of the book that fills in the gaps.

What kept this from five stars were the instances of jarring modern language moments where the characters sounded more like contemporary young adults rather than figures from Dark Age Britain. Be that as it may, I will be reading the sequels. Wilson paints a vivid portrait of a time that happened and a legend from the distant past.
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Review by: allen13 on July 12, 2011 :
First book got me hooked, enjoyed the first three free books so much I had to buy the rest as soon as I had finished the free ones.
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Review by: Scott Norton Taylor on July 09, 2011 :
Well written, grabs you from the very first word and doesn't let you go. Well done! Book one of nine! I have a lot of reading to do - but looking forward to it.
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Review by: kohaver 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:
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Review by: Mary Kyriakou on May 01, 2011 :
Great action, non-stop fun, real life settings and characters. I enjoyed it very much and read it without thinking of the time. I will definitely read the next in these series.
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Review by: Eon D on April 16, 2011 :
This book transported me to another world.. I got so hooked that I didn't sleep until I was able to finish the whole book. It was so real! You could feel every bit of emotion, pain and joy in this book. I actually found myself giggling, laughing, hurting and crying while I was reading it. It will definitely make you forget about the real world and get you buried in the world of The Silurian.
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Review by: Justin Friend on Dec. 13, 2010 :
Wow. An easy recommendation - I found this book purely by chance, but as soon as I began reading it, I lost track of time - only my need to get minimal sleep before work stopped me from staying up all night to finish it in one sitting. An amazingly refreshing change from the "fairy tale" version of the Prince/King Arthur story - I felt like I was really there, wincing at every injury, and yes, getting teary eyed.
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Review by: gourd3 on March 15, 2010 :
A book found while searching for something else, it rapidly caught my attention and I didn't let it go before it was finished the following day, which is always a good sign. The pace of the action, the action itself, the settings and the characters was all I needed for a great entertainment. The end of the book found me wanting for more. A clear recommendation.
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