Death of an Empire

Written by M.K. Hume
Review by Mike Ashworth

This is the second instalment in M.K. Hume’s Merlin Trilogy. Keen to uncover his father’s identity, but also driven by the need to further develop his healing skills and knowledge, 19-year-old Myrddion Emrys, with a group of companions, leaves Britain and travels across France and Italy to Constantinople.. The young healer makes powerful enemies on the way as he becomes involved in a fight for survival, threatened not only by Attila’s hordes, but also the deadly politics of the dying monolith Rome which is disintegrating under the weight of corruption and decadence.

Death of an Empire - US coverThis is an original and gripping story about the young Merlin before he becomes advisor to Arthur. The author portrays Myrddion/Merlin as a healer with an uncontrollable ability to see the future. Fast paced and well written, the author brings alive the death throes of a corrupt Rome. The action scenes are well written and exciting, while the characters are vibrant and totally convincing. I can’t wait for the next book. Recommended.