Dark Age

Written by James Wilde
Review by Chiara Prezzavento

Later 4th-century Britannia is not a safe place. The well-ordered world of Rome’s rule is crumbling fast, and the “old ways” are coming back with a vengeance, in the form of witches, druids – and, most of all, the tribes from across Hadrian’s Wall, thirsty for blood, loot, and power. In the midst of the destruction, Lucanus, a former scout on the Wall and now the crowned Pendragon, is trying to lead his band of survivors all the way to Londinium where, rumour has it, safety is still to be found in the form of Roman legions. While wary of the wood-priest Myrrdin, with his prophecies of old gods and saviour-kings to come, Lucanus finds that the stories bring with them power, hope, and maybe a chance to recover his beloved Catia, stolen by the Scoti… And indeed, myths, legends and prophecies are very much at the core of this atmospheric retelling of the Arthurian legend: all through the stirring adventure, Wilde explores the enduring strength of stories, and the way the right words can define identity and shape history. A thrilling, and moody read with a deeper layer.