Guardian of the Freedom
Georgie Kirkwood’s family derives from the union of Merlin’s and King Arthur’s descendants. All have magical powers, but only one acts as Pendragon, advisor to the king and protector of Britain. Georgie’s brother Drake is the current Pendragon and patriarch. When Drake arranges to marry Georgie to an elderly relative, Georgie disguises herself as a man and fights as a mercenary alongside Roderick Whythe, a future ally in the American colonies. Meanwhile, Cousin Milton Marlowe is determined to become the next Pendragon in order to avenge his son’s death. Threatened by Georgie’s strong magic, he maneuvers to have her sent to the American colonies, where she reunites with Roderick and observes the family magically.
Radford populates this novel with many original characters as well as historical figures like Paul Revere and Lord George Sackville, considerately providing a glossary to keep everyone straight. Spanning from 1753 to 1775, the novel juxtaposes the growing rift between England and the colonies with the Kirkwoods’ struggle to keep the encroaching evil from conquering Britain and the Kirkwood family.
Fifth in the Merlin’s Descendants series, this novel has graphic action and fantasy along with some components of romance. Don’t expect a lot of Arthurian lore, but be prepared to enjoy being privy to the Pendragon’s inner circle.