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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.
on May 01, 2016 :
You’re constantly waiting (im)patiently for the latest book by Bernard Cornwell, Stephen Lawhead, Simon Scarrow or Jack Whyte.
Then along comes L A Wilson’s ‘Silurian’ series, chronicling the legend of King Arthur!
Its a serendipitous slice of adult fiction Nirvana – a series of (to date!) seven fat volumes of un-put-downable storytelling by a hitherto unheralded talent. And it’s yours to devour at your own pace, fast or slow, thanks to the author’s decision to sell direct to the reader via smashwords.com.
Like all good historical authors, Wilson’s work is well researched and paced, moving seamlessly and frequently from bloodthirsty battles to the political intrigues, religious undercurrents and looming threats that characterised post-Roman, Britain. L A Wilson explores and explains the tribalism, paganism and parochialism that centuries of Romanisation had not extinguished. But there are deeper themes to savour.
Arthur (“The Bear”) rises as a completely charismatic, ‘enfant terrible’, leading a clan of fearsome young warriors who challenge the old order, yet who also represent its only hope of survival. Arthur is at once gentle and brutal, brilliant and gullible, invincible and vulnerable. He is uncannily able to predict his military and political adversaries’ every moves and easily defeat them - yet is unable to predict with which woman he will suddenly decide to sleep next or what the inevitable fallout will be.
Arthur’s closest and most devoted companion, Prince Bedwyr (“The Fox”) from whose perspective L A Wilson’s narrative is written is heartstoppingly handsome, unbeatable in combat, fearsome, wilful, erratic and unashamedly bisexual.
Arthur’s cousin, Medraut (“The Snake”) both a victim and a participant in incest, is brave, manipulative, loyal, insane, handsome, homosexual, changeable and fragile.
Like Arthur, Bedwyr arouses strong emotions in all those he encounters. His interactions with Arthur are always underpinned by their ‘to the death’ devotion to each other and their shared and latent sexual energy, yet Wilson does not allow himself to be drawn into writing pulp. While his books include intimate explorations of the major protaganists’ sexuality and relationships, the narrative is tasteful and contextual.
What is extraordinary about L A Wilson’s writing is his ability to digress from the original story line without the pace of the story ever suffering. One of the finest works in the series, “Longhand, Whitetooth and The Fox simply explores a year in the life of Bedwyr, as a captive in Wales – yet the action never flags.
A simple review like this can never do justice to the brilliant work of someone, who, like GRR Martin, has expended many years and over a million words into bringing to life the characters in his head.
The best advice that this reviewer can give is to take the delicious plunge and purchase the first book in the series, “The Fox and the Bear.”
(reviewed long after purchase)
Mary Josefina Cade
on Nov. 24, 2014 :
Love, battle and death. Words of power that are fully realised in ‘Arthur’s Army’, book two of L.A. Wilson’s astonishing Arthurian series, ‘The Silurian.’
‘I wondered how the quiet of the day, beautiful and sun-drenched as it was, could be so shattered by the violent death that was to come. Away northward, hills bathed in sunlight.’
Bedwyr, Arthur’s greatest warrior, voices the heroic, tragic, passionate story of Arthur and the warriors of the Clan Bear. The reader goes with him into battle, fighting for survival and living through the pity and disgust of it all. We learn what it means to kill so that others can live in peace. A potent theme, with universal and ongoing significance.
L.A. Wilson is a rare talent, a poetic writer who creates accessible books that, for me, are compulsive reading. The words used are simple but made into potent sentences that fly as accurately as Bedwyr’s javelin, right on target, taking us to the troubled heart of 5th century Britain.
In this book Arthur fully forms and organises the Clan Bear. How I wish I could join! Camelot. Another word of power for me, from my earliest memories, here convincingly recreated as Caer Cadwy. Home, as Arthur calls it. Arthur, unloved and abused as a child has created his own family and special place.
Arthur and Bedwyr never forget to joke and laugh and there are moments of extreme happiness in ‘Arthur’s Army’. Arthur’s wedding is ecstatic. I’m not revealing the name of his bride but Bedwyr describes her, seated on a horse after the wedding. ‘She looked up at the sky and gave out a cry of delight and flung out her arms and laughed, while over me I saw a bird with outstretched wings soaring into the heights, up and into the clouds that burned under the sun.’
Events in the Black Mountains, at the villa in Siluria are also incredible. I cannot describe what happens as I don’t want to plot spoil, but what amazing images! This is visual writing, intense, haunting and mysterious. Arthur’s cousin Morganna shares something of his dark glamour and with her, as throughout the book, LA Wilson references Arthurian myths but makes them real. Brilliant.
Where there is power, traitors lurk. Not everyone is happy to accept Arthur’s rule. Trouble comes and so this endlessly fascinating story continues. As for the narrator, Bedwyr, the Fox, I find him irresistible and I can only quote Arthur. ‘I am going to love you, Fox. Long and hard and forever.’
I’m just so glad that this series has seven books, with another one on the way
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Dec. 26, 2012 :
Well written, modern twist on an ancient tale.Author has tried to interpret ancient mores in the light of modern psychology with some interesting results.
(reviewed within a month of 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
(review of free book)
on April 18, 2011 :
I was a fool not to prepare my heart before reading this book. The battles were so powerful, so exhilarating. I could feel Arthur's power and supremacy. There was this time when my friend had to slap me to get my attention because I couldn't get my eyes off the book. The love story between the fox and the bear showed me that there's so much more to learn when it comes to love. It left me hungry for more. This series gives a high level of realism and the emotions are so true. I admire L.A. Wilson for creating such amazing books. 10 stars for this.
(review of free book)