Riveting 11th-century historical fantasy in which the forces of Saxon Christianity clash with those of Britain's pagan gods. An effective, standalone sequel to Rites of Conquest (2004).
After the death of William the Conqueror, eldest son Red William inherits the throne, then bans the use of magic. The land, dependant for so many years on magic, begins to die. Meanwhile, the entire royal family has been cursed—relentlessly pursued by The Wild Hunt, a legion of undead riders who travel between worlds, gathering the souls of men—and the only cure is to shed the blood of one of their own. Youngest son Henry possesses the gift of magic and, along with Princess Edith of Scotland, holds the key to saving Britain. The rich historical detail, mixed with liberal doses of magic and court intrigue, adds up to a fast and entertaining read. Tarr's all-too-human characters are not easily forgotten.
For fans of high fantasy and Arthuriana, an enchanting portrait of a land in turmoil.