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Stephen R. Lawhead is the internationally acclaimed author of many outstanding fantasy and science fiction novels, including The Song of Albion trilogy, and the Pendragon series. Stephen lives in Oxford with his wife Alice. They have two grown up sons.
December 2014 Book of the Month. A book to totally abandon and lose yourself in, well written with a fascinating blend of historical and fantastical, this is a fitting end to ‘The Bright Empires’ series. Just to note, if you haven’t yet read any others, do go back and start at the beginning, although time travel is a regular occurrence in the books, there really is no other place to set forth than with ‘The Skin Map’. The author, like all good fantasy writers, makes the impossible feel not only possible but also substantial and authentic. There is a fairly weighty list of characters and multiple locations and times to keep track of, however as the universe stops expanding and the end of everything is screaming towards them, there is somehow a feeling of neatness and inevitability about this ending. ~ Liz Robinson The Bright Empires series:1. The Skin Map2. The Bone House3. The Spirit Well 4. The Shadow Lamp 5. The Fatal Tree
Kit and the gang are determined to find a path back to the Spirit Well but when one of their own disappears with the coveted green book, they no longer know who to trust. Meanwhile the expansion of the universe is slowing and soon will begin to reverse, heralding the systematic annihilation of all that exists...
Before Albion is one, the hero feat must be performed and Silver Hand must reign. The great king, Meldryn Mawr, is dead and his kingdom lies in ruins. Treachery and brutality stalk the land. Prince Meldron, prompted by the cunning and grasping Siawn Hy, now claims the throne. Kingship, sovereignty and the making of a true king lie at the heart of this second book in the Song of Albion trilogy. Herein lie passion and power, heartbreak and hope - the fate of Albion and the destiny of the long-awaited champion: Silver Hand.
The exciting third volume in this epic, multi-dimensional, time-bending fantasy. The search across time and space for the ‘Skin Map’ continues. Kit Livingstone is stuck in the stone age but he has discovered the fabled life-giving spirit well. His girlfriend, Mina, has found a monk whose knowledge of ley lines is unsurpassed but their nemesis Lord Burleigh continues to dog their every footstep. Engrossing and highly readable. The Bright Empires series:1. The Skin Map2. The Bone House3. The Spirit Well 4. The Shadow Lamp 5. The Fatal Tree
Second book in the epic Arthurian fantasy from Stephen Lawhead telling Merlin’s story. Seer, bard, sage, warrior... Merlin's destiny is to prepare the way for the momentous event that will unite the Island of the Mighty: the coming of a king who will usher in the Kingdom of Summer. First published in 1988 it is great to see this epic adventure given a fresh lease of life for a new audience. The Pendragon Cycle:1. Taliesin2. Merlin3. Arthur4. Pendragon5. Grail
June 2013 Book of the Month. The first in a five book fantasy epic originally published in 1987 played out against a backcloth of Roman Britain and Celtic legend. Atlantis is lost. From the holocaust comes Charis, Lady of the Lake, whose love for the Druid prince Taliesin bridges and unites two worlds. The story of a lost continent, the Fair Folk of Britain, and Britain's greatest bard. This engrossing series weaves Arthurian tales with those of the lost realm of Atlantis across a huge range of characters and places and is highly recommended.The Pendragon Cycle:1. Taliesin2. Merlin3. Arthur4. Pendragon5. Grail
Uther's illegitimate son rises to legendary greatness in a Britain torn by violence, greed, and war. The third in Stephen Lawhead's fantasy epic which was first published in 1989. The Pendragon Cycle:1. Taliesin2. Merlin3. Arthur4. Pendragon5. Grail
First published in 1994 this is the fourth in the Pendragon cycle series where Arthur faces many trials and challenges defending his emerging kingdom. In a black time of plague and pestilence, and of invasion by the Vandal hordes, the Bear of Britain must stand alone against a great and terrible adversary to win the name he treasures above all others.The Pendragon Cycle:1. Taliesin2. Merlin3. Arthur4. Pendragon5. Grail
In his most powerful fantasy novel yet, Stephen Lawhead takes us into the future. Decadent and reprobate King Edward the Ninth dies and with him the British monarchy is extinguished. A new political order is coming into being. But in Scotland a distant scion of the Stuart line makes an astonishing discovery: that he is Arthur, king of ancient Britain re-born. Claiming a throne is one thing; holding it against an array of powerful forces, even with Merlin at your side, quite another. For the opposition is far more than political. Merlin's is not the only magic to have survived the centuries and Arthur not the only one to have been re-born.
The second volume in the epic time-travelling, fantasy adventure series, Bright Empires. Kit's search for the map, giving directions to paradise, continues across multiple universes but Kit is not alone in the race to claim this holy grail of prizes and the quest turns deadly. The Bright Empires series:1. The Skin Map2. The Bone House3. The Spirit Well 4. The Shadow Lamp 5. The Fatal Tree
A time-travelling fantasy about a quest to regain Paradise. The first in what will be a five volume epic called Bright Empires. Son and great grandfather are brought together to find a map that gives access to other worlds and parallel universes. This is classy historical fantasy from an internationally renowned author. The Bright Empires series:1. The Skin Map2. The Bone House3. The Spirit Well 4. The Shadow Lamp 5. The Fatal Tree
The legends of King Arthur come alive in these masterfully told adventures. He was born to greatness, the son of a druid bard and a princess of lost Atlantis. A trained warrior, blessed with the gifts of prophecy and song, Merlin grew to manhood in a Britain abandoned by its Roman conquerors, ravaged by the brutal greed of petty chieftains and barbarian invaders. Both respected and feared, it was his destiny to prepare the way for the momentous event that would unite the Island of the Mighty: the coming of Arthur Pendragon, Lord of the Kingdom of Summer. This miraculous epic adventure is a stirring mix of magic, legend, and history that will enthrall, enchant, and lift the heart.
Arthur is King, but treachery runs rampant throughout the beleaguered Isle of the Mighty. Darkest evil descends upon Britain's shore in many guises. Fragile alliances fray and tear, threatening all the noble liege has won with his wisdom and his blood. His most trusted counselor-the warrior, bard and kingmaker whom legend will name Merlin-is himself to be tested on a mystical journey back through his own extraordinary past. So in a black time of plague and pestilence, it is Arthur who must stand alone against a great and terrible adversary. For only this way can he truly win immortality-and the name to treasure above all others: Pendragon.
From his gaol cell, outlaw Will Scatlocke waits to be hanged. Before he swings, Will - known to his friends as Scarlet - dictates his story to Odo, a duplicitous monk who has been given the job of recording his confession. Odo serves the ambitions of Abbot Hugo, who is gathering evidence that will lead to the capture of the men who have plagued the aristocracy and robbed the church of treasure. Hugo seeks the destruction of the elusive King Raven and his band, the Grellon. Driven from his home in the north of England, Will has trekked to Wales to join his fortunes with that of the man whose reputation is growing throughout Britain. A forester skilled with the longbow, Will is soon part of Bran ap Brychan's inner circle. In a failed attempt to kidnap sheriff Richard de Glanville, Will is captured. With rumours of conspiracy deepening at court, the humble prisoner becomes a vital link to the outlaws who abandoned him - and on whose loyalty their lives depend - and the throne of England. Stephen R. Lawhead's King Raven series brings to life the legend of Robin Hood as never before.
A new reign of terror has brought fear and hatred to the land, while an ancient legend stirs in the heart of the wildwood ... The Norman conquest of England is complete - but for one young man the battle has only just begun. When Bran ap Brychan's father is murdered by Norman soldiers, he flees to London, seeking justice. The journey is long and hard - and the suffering of those he meets along the way fuels his anger. With his demands dismissed, Bran has no choice but to return home, but a worse fate still awaits him there. His lands have been confiscated and his people subjugated by a brutal and corrupt regime. Should Bran flee for his life or protect his people by surrendering to his father's murderers? The answer, perhaps, is known only to the Raven King - a creature of myth and magic born of the darkest shadows in the forest. Stephen R. Lawhead's Hood brings to life the legend of Robin Hood as never before.
Fires rage in Albion: strange, hidden fires, dark-flamed, invisible to the eye. Having ascended the throne as Albion's High King, Llew Silver Hand takes the beautiful Goewyn for his queen. But in the midst of their joyous union, treachery is in the making, forcing Llew to choose between the honor of his kingship and the desire of his heart. The Brazen Man has defied Llew's sovereignty, and Llew must journey to the Foul Land to redeem his greatest treasure. There, as the fabric of two worlds unravels, Llew hurtles headlong toward a final conflict with the Brazen Man. In the balance hangs not only the fate of Goewyn but also the very life-song of Albion, contained within the mystical Singing Stones. The ancient Celts admitted no separation between this world and the Otherworld: the two were delicately interwoven, each dependent on the other. The Endless Knot crosses the thin places between this world and that, as Lewis Gillies begins his ultimate quest, striking the final resounding chord in the Song of Albion.
The great king, Meldryn Mawr, is dead, and his kingdom lies in ruins. Treachery and brutality rule the land, and Albion is the scene of an epic struggle for the throne. The words of a prophetess foretell a coming king, but Lewisas Albion's renowned champion, Llewhas a more immediate concern: retrieving the treacherous Siawn Hy, who has eluded him in the doorway between worlds. Forced to flee for their lives, Llew and the bard Tegid find refuge deep in Albion's heartland. There Llew seeks the true meaning behind the mysterious prophecythe making of a true king and the revealing of a long-awaited champion: Silver Hand. Under Llew and Tegid's leadership, a wilderness citadel arises, and the miraculous reign of Silver Hand begins.
From the dreaming spires of Oxford, graduate student Lewis Gillies and his impulsive roommate, Simon, drive north to seek a mythical creature in a misty glen in Scotland. Once there, Simon vanishes through a hole in the cairn, and Lewis follows him to a mystical place where two worlds meet, in the time-between-times. There, where Celtic champions, magic, and treachery weave the beautiful and brutal land called Albion, Lewis finds Simon. And there, schooled as a warrior, he is thrust to the front of a titanic struggle between light and darknessa hideous, onrushing darkness that would devour not merely a kingdom but two worlds. The ancient Celts admitted no separation between this world and the Otherworld: the two were delicately interwoven, each dependent on the other. The Paradise War crosses the thin places between this world and that, as Lewis Gillies comes face-to-face with an ancient mysteryand a cosmic catastrophe in the making.
Following Arthur's miraculous healing by Christ's cup from an apparently fatal wound, Arthur sets his heart upon establishing a shrine to the Grail as a symbol of the Summer Realm he has introduced to Britain. But in this account by Gwalchavad (Galahad), Myrddin's (Merlin) old enemy Morgian concocts a devastating betrayal by one of Arthur's dearest companions. Arthur's dream is soon in tatters and the newly won peace and promised prosperity in Britain are threatened with great evil.
Arthur is the third book of The Pendragon Cycle: a magnificent epic set against the baackcloth of Roman Britain and the legends of Arthur and lost Atlantis. It is the eve of Christ Mass, and the noblemen have come to Londinium to hold council - to essay who among them might become High King. Fifteen years have come and gone since the sword was first placed there. A young man stands grim-faced, gazing at the sword thrust deep into the stone...hesitant, uncertain. 'Take it, Arthur,' Merlin tells him... So the story begins - a tale of high hope and bitter endeavour, of loyalty and treachery, of spiritual quest and the winning of a kingdom - a story whose end, as its beginning, is shrouded in mystery...