An exciting re-imagining of the early years of the boy who would become King Arthur. John Matthews has conceived a quartet of books underthe title Red Dragon Rising, of which this is the first volume.
We meet Arthur, Merlin, the Questing Beast, the Green Knight and the mysterious Nine women who rule the castleof Avalon, with its ever-shifting rooms and prophetic bronze mirror. There are horrific enemies such as Amangonsand the hideous Fir Bolg. And stalwart companions in the shape of the four Eldest: the shape-shifting Salmon, Stag, Eagle and Blackbird.
And there is Mabon, the shining golden boy-god, whom Arthur and his companions must rescue from an underground dungeon which quenches his powers.
He must also achieve the four Hallows of Albion, of which gaining the Sword of Ice and Fire is the first quest.
About the Author
John Matthews has been a full-time writer since 1980 and has produced over 100 books on myth, faery, the Arthurian Legends and Grail Studies, as well as short stories, a volume of poetry and several successful children’s books. He has devoted much of the past forty years to the study of Arthurian Traditions and myth in general.
John has been involved in a number of media projects, as an advisor andcontributor, including the Jerry Bruckheimer film King Arthur (2004), and has made appearances on both History Channel and Discovery Channel specials on Arthur and the Holy Grail. He shared a BAFTA award for his work on the Educational DVD made to accompany the King Arthur movie. He recently sold his first movie script.
He lives in Oxford with his wife, the writer Caitlin Matthews, and two cats: Willow and Scaramouche.