In The Shadow Of Dragons
Book 2 of Guler’s Macsen’s Treasure series, this novel brings the reader to 470 A.D. Having successfully helped strengthen Ambrosius’ High Kingship against unlawful contenders, Marcus ap Iorwerth, Britain’s erstwhile masterspy, and his wife Claerwen have settled in Marcus’ minor princedom in Wales. Needless to say, in these unstable times their domestic bliss is not to last. The request for aid by High King Ambrosius’ son, Prince Myrddin Emrys, in proving and preventing treachery by Octa, a Saxon leader, uncovers multiple traitors to whom war and assassination are but means for usurping the throne.
Guler’s characters have been further fleshed out, and the historical feel of the pre-Arthur era is more plausible than in the first novel of the series. The sense of urgency to save Britain from usurpers, both external and internal, and the characters’ actions are less fantastical and more realistic. The anguish felt by Marcus and Claerwen is all too human as they continue in their unswerving dedication to bring a future King called Arthur to the throne.