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Uther in Hell 19 February Well, it seems like I haven't read this one previously, even though a part of me thought that I did. I know that I have read a few of Gemmell's books, namely because one of my friends is a big fan, and I do remember reading the previous Arthurian one, but I suspect that by the time this one had come around I had basically moved on.
However, since I had just finished rereading the first one I was somewhat keen on getting onto the sequel and in all honestly, I found i Uther in Hell 19 February Well, it seems like I haven't read this one previously, even though a part of me thought that I did.
However, since I had just finished rereading the first one I was somewhat keen on getting onto the sequel and in all honestly, I found it a little underwhelming. The story is set twenty-five years after the first book, and a king named Wotan is rampaging across Europe, and in all intents and purposes is unstoppable.
Not surprisingly he is one of the immortals, though it was believed that he was killed eons ago, but it appears that death isn't always the final arbiter, particularly when it comes to sorcerers.
Anyway, a lot has happened in the preceding years — Uther has been constantly at war, and we also hear of the great betrayal, where his wife and his mentor are caught visiting each other and there is a suggestion that there was a sexual liason between the two.
While a part of the story deals with the threat of Wotan, interweaved through the tale is the story of the affair between Gwen Avar and the Lance Lord, or rather revealing what exactly happened and who in fact ended up betraying whom.
The disappointing thing about this book was that it seemed, plotwise, pretty similar to Ghost King.
We have a young lad who doesn't know who his parents are being forced to flee the village where he grew up, finding himself lost in the woods only to be rescued by a mysterious stranger.
Halfway through the story we also have them travelling to a different realm and thus have the story play out in both realms simultaneously. I suspect that this may be why Gemmell left the series at this book because it seems as if he was starting to run out of ideas.
Then again, it has been a while since I have read his other books so I can only really comment on the two that I have read.
I guess the major theme running through here is the idea that the truth isn't always what we believe it to be. Uther's major flaw seems to be that he is stubborn, at least when it comes to love. He has one interpretation of events as they played out, and refuses to see any other point of view.
When Culain appears at the end of Ghost King announcing himself as the Lance Lord, those of us who are familiar with the tale of King Arthur pretty much know what is going to come next. Then again, as the previous book played out it wasn't surprising when he appeared at that time. I guess, in a way, this is why Gemmell was able to jump twenty-five years.
We know that there was going to be an affair, and it wasn't necessary for him to spell it out. Then again Gemmell's stories don't always move the plot in the way that we expect it to move. Remember, he has been making some slight adjustments because the story of Arthur has come down to us as a legend — it is debatable as to whether he really existed or not, and the various elements of the story evolved over the centuries.
In the original text there is no mention of Lancelot, no cuckolding, and certainly no Holy Grail. As such, we can expect that Gemmell is going to twist the story somewhat, and it is going to turn out in a way that is a little unexpected though in the end somewhat predictable. If anything though, at least he did manage to wrap this up reasonably well and, unlike some writers who continue to flog a dead horse, ended it here.Miyamoto Musashi in his prime, wielding two urbanagricultureinitiative.comock print by Utagawa Kuniyoshi.
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