Shadowland: REVIEW AND INTERVIEW WITH C.M. GRAY

Shadowland: REVIEW AND INTERVIEW WITH C.M. GRAY


Review of Shadowland by C.M. Gray:


Goodreads: 

I have lived more years than I can remember, probably more than the sum of all your years combined. Kings have called me friend and brigands have sworn to burn the flesh from my bones even if they have to search all seven halls of the shadowland to find me.’

On the night of midwinter’s eve, a storyteller takes his listeners back to the Dark ages and a tale from his youth.

Deserted by its Roman masters, Britain has been invaded by the Saxons at the invitation of Vortigern, traitorous leader of the Britons. Now, as the tribes unite to reclaim their land, one man must rise to lead them and become their true and only king.

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Shadowland

My Review: 

A old man first named Usher Vance is sitting in his usual-year-story-telling chair preparing himself to tell another of his adventure, when he is interrupted by an old friend; whose eyes are almost yellow. Calvador Craen, a lost brother-friend asks Usher to tell his story, the first adventure that Usher lived. And while Usher Vance is retelling his story… he remembers who he truly is; Uther Pendragon father of Arthur.


-> All starts when the young boys; Usher and Calvador at the age of fourteen; are just having fun in the nature of their village, when a pack of wolfs start attacking them; this makes them to go and climb a tree to hide from the wolfs… when suddenly they are being attack by warriors; The Picts. They just stood there in the trees quiet, watching that horrible massacre. They are the only survivors but also Calvador’s sister has been captive. They most save her. This adventure starts when they are attacked by the blue-painted face Pics and Usher and Calvador go in search of Cal’s sister. While traveling through the forest they see a man called Meryn Link that used to be a warrior that promises to help them in their search of Cal’s sister and to kill the man that burned their village………..
Excalibur




                                                                         5/5 LOVED IT!!!!

Interview with C.M. Gray :

First of all, thanks C.M. Gray, for letting me review this awesome book of yours and for having a interview with me 🙂 *Rides toward King C.M. Gray tower with a black horse*


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Questions:

1) What made you write about King Arthur father?

I have always liked the story of King Arthur and his Knights of the round table. It was a story I grew up hearing. He always carried a magical blade, Excalibur, that he drew from a bloack of solid rock and he was ever guided by the Druid Merlin. But I always wondered what came before? I decided to take the little that is known … Or is thought to be known, and build the story. We knew that as the Romans left Britain, two brothers faught the tratourus pretender king Vortigan for the privilege of leading the tribes of the Britons. Those brothers were Ambrosius and Uther.
Shadowland tells the story of Uther who becomes father to Arthur.

2) Could you please tell me what was your favorite scene in King Arthur story? Did it change through time now that you are older?

I always loved the idea of everyone trying to release Excalibur from the stone but none could until Arthur tried and pulled it free with no effort at all. And I was always intrigued by the mysterious Druid/magician Merlin who guided him, but not always with the best of intentions.

3) To tell you the truth I don’t know much about King Arthur, would you mind telling me what is about it?

The story of Arthur is legend, meaning there is actually no evidence at all that he actually existed. There was a time of about 500 years after the Romans left Britain that left very little written record. This is why that time is called the dark ages. So Arthur leads the Britons against the Saxon invaders. He carries the sword Excalibur, marries his beautiful queen Guinivere and leads the knights who sit at the council table …. Which happens to be round!
To cut a long story short, he is a cool, honest king that has some great adventures. Merlin is the Druid who is guiding all for his own ends. I always thought he was untrustworthy!


4) Who’s your favorite character and why?
Merlin, he may be a dodgy character but he’s a Druid! And he does cool magic stuff!

5) What did you learned when you first read about King Arthur?
the story of King Arthur is a lesson in honesty, loyalty and good triumphing over evil. First penned by a guy called Geoffrey_of_Monmouth about 900 years ago ( that’s like a really long time ago!)
 

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Random Questions: Just to know more about you! 

1 )What do you like most: Dark chocolate or white chocolate?
White … Dark with coffee and Galaxy chocolate if I’m in the UK!


2) Which era you go if you could travel through time?
If I could travel through time I would avoid the dark ages, life was tough back then! I like the idea of going back to the sixties and the era of the Beatles and Rolling Stones. I was born back then but as a small child couldn’t really rock out in the summer of love! I would also love to go back to the dawn of time with nobody else around.


3) What do you like most: Forest or castle?
Castle in a forest? No, to be honest I love nature. My home is deep in the forest close to Barcelona and I love it living in the tree with only wild boar for neighbours!

4) What would you be: A great sword-and-hand-combat warrior or a magician?
Oh, tough one. Love the idea of the magician, but I’ve practised Aikido for 20+ years so have to go for hand to hand warrior!


5) Weapon of choice: Sword, arc, wand,other:__________________
In Aikido we use a wooden sword to practises called a boken, so give me a bright gleaming sharp blade please:)


6) And for last anything more you would like to say :D?
I would like to say thanks for a great interview. Please read my books, Shadowland and very soon The Flight of the Griffin. And also if you love to read, try to write, it’s fun! 




And for last a beautiful picture of King Arthur and Merlin(the dragon) not by me:




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