Shadow Over Avalon
Beyond the mists of time, a dying warrior binds his soul to his sword with an oath to protect his people. His shade rides with the Wild Hunt while he waits for the call of greatest need, but when it comes, he doesn’t know it is a lie.
In the undersea city of Avalon, Arthur nears the end of his acolyte training. But he doesn’t want to spend his life serving the Archive, he wants to fight side by side with the air-breathing people to defeat the predators who are determined to ensure their own survival no matter the cost.
Ashira, War Maid princess of the surface-world, is ready to sacrifice her life to defend her kin, but when she is betrayed she must choose whether to die with honor or become one of the creatures her kinsmen fear and loathe.
Fortune twists in the strongest hands. This is no repeat; this is what happens next.
Following two threads of time, CN Lesley’s fresh take on the Arthurian tales of old delivers the perfect blend of science fiction and fantasy.
A vast cavern dripped with water that fell from fingers of calcified rock to land on matching ground structures. Plunk … plunk … endless tears. An old, young man dressed in a black robe sat across a fire from Arthur, watching, listening. Frost-white hair framed an unlined face, matte-black eyes windowed a soul as old as eternity.
“How much time passes between one pearl of moisture falling and another?” the man asked.
“Six heartbeats.” Where is this place?
“In time, the point of origin will meet the point of impact, and still drips will fall. Will the heart stop?”
“All hearts stop.” Arthur brushed an insect from his hand, noticing blond hair on the back of a swordsman’s callused hands, not young hands.
“Does life stop at the cease of a single beat?”
“Ask that question of the Great Mother.” Arthur frowned; impatient at stupid riddles, wondering why he had said such a nonsensical thing, not knowing of any called the Great Mother.
“Who are you now, Arthur? Much time has passed. How many heartbeats? Are you ready?”
“I’m dreaming. Why are these dreams disturbing my life? I need to serve my people.”
“That’s good, Arthur. The first lesson I taught you, that a leader is a servant to his people. When every lesson is remembered you will be ready.”
“Who are you? I’ve seen you before in my dreams.” His skin prickled with the power emanating from this individual.
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