In a short while, the second novel in the four-book series entitled Arthurian Tales shall be released. Arise Pendragon continues down the treacherous path that laid open at the end of Ambrosius Aureliani.
Young Artorius and Merlinus flee from their home near Aureliani in war-torn Gaul. Soon though, a patrol from the federated army of King Theodoric I intercepts them.
Their struggle to reach Britain leads them through many episodes of legendary status over the span of several years.
Read the first four chapters of Arise Pendragon now!!!
As reviews come in for Arise Pendragon, they shall be posted.
Recently, a new review came in for Ambrosius Aureliani from Kirkus Reviews. The following is stated:
"Mintz (Memoir of the Masses, 2006) organizes a grand cache of myths and historical information to open a new series called Arthurian Tales.
With Merlin narrating, readers new to the historical fiction genre will find his clear (and occasionally sarcastic) voice great illumination in a murkily recorded era.
An impressive and captivating start to a new series offering Arthurian adventures."
In the meanwhile, Leon Mintz has made available a rough draft of his current opinion on certain Arthurian folklore. The non-fictional work is entitled Arthur in the Time of Riotimus
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Read the author's opinion on various Arthurian issues:
British Appeal to Agitius
St. Germanus, the Bishop of Auxerre
The Coming of the Saxons
King Grallon viewed as Vortigern
Ambrosius and the city of Aureliani
The Sword of Power & the Round Table
Learn more of the history behind Arthurian Tales:
Arthurian Tales Chronology - 382 to 420
Arthurian Tales Chronology - 421 to 439
Arthurian Tales Chronology - 440 to 454
Amazon.com and The Library Thing - March 2011
If you're looking for swooning maidens and the trappings of medieval romance, this probably isn't the Arthur series for you. But if you're looking for a little light shown into this murkiest period of history, you'll enjoy reading about how it may have happened. I'm looking forward to the next volume.
TCM Reviews - January 2011
John R. Clark
Leon Mintz has done his homework in terms of scholarship, and it shows throughout the book. The settings, religious friction, politics and the culture readers will experience as they read this first of a possible quartet, all are realistically portrayed and help create a mental world which was quite easy for me to slide into as I read the story. This is a good book for lovers of historical fiction, fans of the early medieval period and will certainly appeal to teens who like meaty read. It will be a nice addition to our historical fiction collection at the Hartland Public Library.
Midwest Book Review - January 2011
The Arthurian legends are not about Arthur alone. Ambrosius Aureliani tells the story of King Arthur's uncle who has his own epic of the British isles to tell, of his own struggles for justice. For those with a love for fantasy and Arthurian lore, Ambrosius Aureliani is certainly a choice pick with plenty to entice readers to read further.
ForeWord Clarion Review - November 2010
Julia Ann Charpentier
Though the book stands on its own, this tale has all the attributes of a prolonged saga with treacherous battles and territorial disputes. The scenes are filled with action and intrigue, usually gripping in their intensity.