Book Review – Mordred
Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Author: Greg Downs
After the brutal slaying of his father and capture of his mother, Mordred vows to exact revenge on all those involved including King Arthur himself. Hunted by Arthur’s knights and the evil wizard Gnimu whose abilities include morphing himself into hideous creatures as well as commanding the forces of darkness, Mordred allies himself with Vivien – one of the witches of Avalon – to both stay alive as well as potentially alter the very future of Camelot.
Most Arthurian legend novels I’ve read take place during the rise and early reign of Arthur. Some, like “Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend” and “Sons of Avalon” explore the early lives of some of the other key characters in this genre. “Mordred”, by John Downs, takes the reader many years into Arthur’s reign where the old king struggles with maintaining his power and influence without the aide of his confidant and advisor Merlin. All the while, some of those closest to him plan his very demise.
Downs wonderfully paints his tortured characters and their possible paths to redemption while keeping the overall pace quick relying on the relentless pursuit for Mordred as the novel’s main story arc. Magical creatures, sorcery, and epic battles add to the intrigue rounding out this complex world. I enjoyed this interesting take on a well tread genre. Mordred is fresh and well written and at only 99 cents on Kindle is a must read!
Note: A complementary copy of this work was provided in return for a review.