Arthur

Arthur
Pendragon Cycle #3
Stephen Lawhead
fantasy
4 stars

The conclusion to this fantastic Arthurian legend. Arthur fights, becomes High King, brings peace, is wounded in a battle initiated by a traitor, is born away by Merlin ot be healed, and then all the Fairfolk[Atlanteans] and Arthur disappear. This is so much better than Mallory’s Le’Mort de Arthur.

Merlin

Merlin
Pendragon Cycle #2
Stephen Lawhead
fantasy
4 stars

A Christian look at the Arthurian legend. This follows the immortal son of Taliesin and Atlantean Princess Charis, Merlin. From young prodigy to Kingmaker. This is the immediate precursor to the Arthurian legends.

But it takes all the sordid and evil things about Merlin and retells it in such a way as to make you weep and hope that this tale was true. Jesus is a large part of this story.

Taliesin

Taliesin
Pendragon Cycle #1
Stephen Lawhead
fantasy
4 stars

A Christian look at the Arthurian legend. This starts long before Arthur though. It starts with the destruction of Atlantis. It continues with an unknown Prince, who was prophesied to be the Summer King, marrying an Atlantean Princess[refugees settling in Briton] and ends with the birth of their son Merlin who Taliesin gives his life in exchange for. Taliesin gave up being the Summer King so that his son could live, and usher in the True Summer King.

I haven’t read this series in over 6 years and I still cried when Taliesin died. Powerful stuff.