The enemies may be different, but these twelve stories have a ""Round-Table"" ring. The author gives us a brief history, tracing their origin and evolution--from the kiev-Cycle, a collection of Russian songs and ballads dating back nearly one thousand years. The stories center around the legend of Prince Vladimir, son of the Viking who founded Kiev, one of the three original principalities of Russia. A legendary figure in fact, the hero gains King Arthur status in fiction. These stories tell of Vladimir and his fellowship, the Knights of the Golden Table and their sprightly, knightly derring do's and don'ts against their arch-enemy, the artars, and some imaginary fiends of the forest -- not too many dragons but plenty of snakes, witches and warlocks. Entertaining interpretation.