|Coming of the King, the (1988) [Novel]|
by Nikolai Tolstoy
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The Coming of the King
tells of a time when it seemed the worst and last age had visited the Earth, a time when mankind seemed doomed and the whole of creation teetered on the brink of annihilation. King Ceneu and his bard Cian cross the treacherous Wilderness to visit the sacred grave mounds of Prydein Island. Here, on the summit of the mist-enshrouded Newais Mountain, they have come to call forth Merlin from his grave of ice and snow to prophesy the future and tell them of his illustrious life.
From his desperate flight while still a babe from the evil King Custennin to live among the herring-folk, to his harrowing descent into the pit of Annufn to visit the dead and learn his fate, to the final battle of the legendary Beowulf and the Red Dragon on the blood-soaked fields of Dineirth, where history would be changed forevermore, The Coming of the King brings to life a saga of trial and triumph, of mystery and discovery.
Original title: The Coming of the King
Genre: Fiction→ Fantasy→ Saga, Myth, and Legend→ Arthurian Legend