Rosemary Sutcliff - Sword at Sunset
This brilliant reconception of the Arthurian epic cuts through the familiar myths and tells the story of the real King Arthur: Artos the Bear, the mighty warrior-king who saved the last lights of Western civilization when the barbarian darkness descended in the fifth century. Artos here comes alive: bold and forceful in battle, warm and generous in friendship, tough in politics, shrewd in the strategy of war - and tender and tragically tormented in love. Out of the braiding of ancient legend, fresh research, soaring imagination and hypnotic narrative skill comes a novel that has richly earned its reputation as a classic.
About the author
Rosemary Sutcliff wrote more than 40 historical novels for young adults - including the classics The Eagle of the Ninth, The Silver Branch, The Lantern Bearers, The Sword and the Circle and Black Ships Before Troy. She died in 1992.