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It is the year AD 560. Gerennius, or Geraint, the last remaining captain of King Arthur's triumphant stand against the Germanic invades of Britain, is faced with the problem of who should succeed him as king and pendragon of his southwestern kingdom of Dumnia. Neither of his middle-aged sons is fitted for the purpose: Jestyn is a reclusive would-be hermit, and Selyf a boisterous, drunken bully. Geraint foresees only chaos and defeat after he dies. Then one day, from his fortress above the Vala River, he hears a laundry girl singing a sad song. In this vel, one of Cornwall's foremost authors surveys the parama and conflict between Saxon invaders and native Celts and between the two great religions of Dumnia-the Pantheon of Celtic gods and the growing impact of Christianity, brought to southwest Britai by Welsh and Irish Saints. This is a tale told with splendour and eloquence, to be compared with works of T.H. White and John Cowper Powys for its historic mastery and surefooted detail. Read and be mesmerised. -Paul Newman, author of Galahad, The Lost Gods of Albian, and editor of Abraxas