June 16, 2019

It was going to be a friendly visit to the Rumps in Cornwall before Ingraine was to board a coastal craft to sail with her foster son to an isolated Welsh cottage on Mona. But life at the Rumps was always complicated; either by the threat of the Duke’s iron fists or by...

January 24, 2019

Toby, a twenty-first-century character from A Darker Magic This Way Comes, describes Merlin’s two birds, his jackdaw and his merlin hawk as “Merlin’s drones” and he believes he has every reason for calling them that.

Merlin, a fifth-century magician, and genius is puzzl...

December 11, 2018

Morgana takes your breath away.  It is difficult to describe her beauty, but Angelina Jolie at her most sumptuous best could go close.  But as everyone knows, beauty is only skin deep and what lay beneath the beauty of Morgana?  Under her beauty lie powers that can onl...

November 27, 2018

Every Arthurian story demands a force of darkness to stand in opposition to the strength and purity of Merlin and eventually to Arthur’s courage and might. In my next novel: The Curse of the Dragon Kings this darkness emanates from a cruel and tempestuous force named C...

October 31, 2018

One of the most engaging fellows in the series of Merlin’s Secrets is Merlin’s friend, Ectoris Coel. I know him as Old King Cole. In my first novel of this series, the “king” was known by the Greek version of his name— Hector, who was then in his late teens and one of...

October 4, 2018

Who inspired King Arthur to be the great leader of ancient Britannia, a fierce but fair warrior and a king whose exploits would be venerated fifteen hundred years after his death? Many people would say it was Merlin who inspired Arthur and I think they would be partly...

September 25, 2018

People ask why I selected one of the most difficult names to say in the English language for one of my characters.  Honestly, I never gave it a moment’s thought because when I met Arianrhod (pron. Aree-ant-hod) in a Welsh story, she leaped off the page. Her name often...

September 4, 2018

Shapeshifting is an easy enough trick on your smartphone.  Take a photo of a friend and turn her into a smiling baboon. But when Merlin says, ‘I shapeshifted into a fox,’ he means something different. So, let’s unpack what’s behind his claim.

            Merlin’s t...

August 26, 2018

Since King Arthur died at the Battle of Camlan sometime around 505, he has been depicted as asleep, not dead. It was not unusual for artists and writers to portray great folk heroes such as Arthur and Merlin in a deep slumber, and these works seem to suggest that these...

July 20, 2018

This is a place where we can relax and feast!” Merlin would smile because he could already see the sumptuous feasts of Arthur’s coronation and his wedding to his Welsh bride Guinevere but what he couldn’t see, shielded by the Dark, was the shapeshifter, Morgana.

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