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INTO THE PATH OF GODS

Bardsong, Oct 2001, 22.95, 418 pp.
ISBN: 0966037103

    During the fifth century AD, the hopes of most of Britain for a better life rest in the whispers of Arthur becoming the High King though some will refuse to cede power and will do anything to insure no one surfaces. However, as each year passes, the hope diminishes as no one steps forth to claim the crown. Needing assistance, Merlin recruits Welsh warrior, Marcus ap Iorwerth to work undercover in the search for the now legendary Arthur.

    Claerwen escapes from one bad situation to another until she meets Marcus. He helps her understand her ability to see what no one else senses. As they fall in love, her visions lead them to the symbols of the High Kings of Britain, Macsen's Treasure. However, their powerful, sly foes are many. They cause Marcus to disappear and Claerwen must find a way to locate and rescue her beloved.

    Medieval historical and Arthurian readers will enjoy INTO THE PATH OF GODS. The fast-paced story line vividly brings alive the second half of the fifth century in Britain. Marcus and Claerwen are a likable intrepid couple whose romantic elements will delight fans of that genre. The support cast adds depth so that the audience obtains a greater feel for the period than usually found in a novel. In her opening act of her four part saga, Kathleen Cunningham Guler provides a breathtaking panoramic view of the days leading up to Arthur's assent to the throne.

Harriet Klausner
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner








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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   Distant past/middle ages Searching/Rekindling love?    -   Yes Lost Lover:    -   who may or may not be alive Action/suspense subplot?    -   Yes Action:    -   chased by/chasing kidnapper/killer    -   stranded in isolated area    -   political intrigue    -   searching for a loved one Inner struggle subplot    -   Yes Struggle with...    -   angst over past traitorous lover Hidden Identity/Secret Motive    -   Yes

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   warrior/knight Age/status:    -   20's-30's

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death What % of story is romance related?    -   50% Focus of story    -   many multiple characters How much dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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