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Batalla de reyes (Profecía de Merlín 1)

by M. K. Hume

«Linajes nobles, unidos por la sangre, enfrentados por las disputas: Hume hace cobrar vida a una época sangrienta, violenta y traicionera.» Kirkus ReviewsSiglo V d.C. El Imperio romano se desmorona y, en la antigua provincia de Britania, el poder está cambiando de manos. Solo queda un último servidor leal a Roma, acosado por el caudillo de los celtas y por los sajones, los recién llegados del norte que sueñan con establecerse a sangre y fuego en estas tierras y sojuzgarlas. Todos ansían las sobras en este nuevo mundo, más brutal y cruel, donde la vida carece de valor, la traición es moneda de cambio y siempre vence la espada.Y en medio del caos un niño de la tribu de los deceanglos, con un talento natural para sanar y un don temible para la profecía, presiente que ante él se abre un gran destino.NIÑO, SANADOR, PROFETA... LA HISTORIA DE MERLÍN COMIENZA.Entre los despojos que la tormentaha dejado en la playa de Segontium, Branwyn, nieta del rey de la tribu de los deceanglos, encuentra a un náufrago inconsciente. Un romano hermoso, un regalo de los dioses... que cuando abra los ojos le mostrará su verdadero rostro, más despiadado. Nueve meses después nace un niño que su madre, enloquecida, rechaza.Bastardo, hijo del demonio: desde su primer aliento, la leyenda acompaña a Myrddion Merlinus. Solo su abuela, junto a la que se cría, intuye que los dioses antiguos lo protegen y posee el don -sublime, maldito- que corre por las venas de su familia.A los nueve años, sabedor de que la tribu jamás lo aceptará entre los hombres con autoridad y poder, Myrddion se convierte en el aprendiz de la curandera del pueblo. Desde el primer momento, la sabia mujer percibe el talento natural para la sanación de ese muchacho, despierto y ávido de conocimientos, y empieza a adiestrarlo en los secretos de su oficio.Mientras, más al sur, Vortigern, el caudillo que se haimpuesto a los otros reyezuelos celtas, reconstruye la antigua fortaleza de Dinas Emrys. Le han profetizado que la torre, símbolo de su poder, solo permanecerá en pie si une las piedras con mortero y la sangre del medio demonio.Pero el niño también tiene una profecía para el gran rey celta, y un destino que cumplir. Pronto Vortigern será el heraldo del caos y Myrddion deberá usar sus dones para salvar una tierra asolada por odios enconados, traiciones en el seno de las familias y vientos de guerra.

The King Arthur Trilogy Book One: Dragon's Child

by M. K. Hume

From the author of The Merlin Prophecy, a trilogy that Kirkus Reviews proclaimed, will "appeal to those who thrill to Game of Thrones," the first installment in the action-packed trilogy of battles, romance, and bravery during the Dark Ages is the tale of the boy destined to become King Arthur. The future of Britain is at stake. In the turbulent times of the Dark Ages, the despotic Uther Pendragon, High King of Celtic Britain, is nearing death, and his kingdom is being torn apart by the squabbling of minor kings. But only one man can bring the Celts together as a nation and restore peace--King Arthur. Artorex (Arthur) doesn't yet seem like the great man he will grow into. We meet him as a shy, subservient twelve-year-old living in the foster home of Lord Ector, who took in Artorex as a babe to protect him from murderous kin. Life has been unremarkable for the lad within the bosom of Ector's family. That is, until the arrival of three influential men who arrange for Arthur to be taught the martial skills of the warrior: blade and shield, horse and fire, pain and bravery. Little does Artorex know that these three men--one of whom is Merlin--secretly hope that one day he will take Uther's crown and restore peace to Britain. As the years pass, Artorex becomes a war chieftain, wins many battles, and starts a family with a beautiful, strong woman. But if he is to fulfill his destiny and become the High King of the Britons, Artorex must find the dying king's hidden crown and sword. Will Artorex be able to leave his family, find the precious weapons, lead the attack against the Saxons, and ultimately prove himself worthy of Uther's crown?

The King Arthur Trilogy Book Three: The Bloody Cup

by M. K. Hume

From the author of The Merlin Prophecy, the historical trilogy that "appeals to those who thrill to "Game of Thrones"" ("Kirkus Reviews")--the third installment in the epic, action-packed story of King Arthur. Celtic Britain is on the brink of collapse, and the kingdom's bloodiest days are upon it. For many years, the people of Briton have enjoyed peace and prosperity under the reign of King Arthur. He has ruled with dignity, honor, and humility. Arthur is now weakening with age, however, and the seeds of discontent are being sown. Seeking to cleanse the land of Christian belief, dissenters need a symbol with which to legitimize their pagan claim and gather malcontents together into a cohesive weapon. They seize upon the ancient cup of Bishop Lucius of Glastonbury as a way of fragmenting Arthur's hard-earned kingdom. Soon it emerges that the ultimate threat to Arthur's rule lies far closer to home; he is betrayed by his own kin. Celt will slay Celt and the river will run with blood. Will all be lost, or can King Arthur conquer the mounting forces before it's too late?

The King Arthur Trilogy Book Two: Warrior of the West

by M. K. Hume

Could all that King Arthur fought for be lost? From the author of The Merlin Prophecy, a trilogy that Kirkus Reviews proclaimed, will "appeal to those who thrill to Game of Thrones," the second installment in the action-packed historical trilogy is the epic tale of Arthur's efforts to save the heart of his kingdom. Twelve long, blood-soaked years have passed since Arthur fulfilled his destiny and was crowned High King. Against all odds, he has united Celtic Britain at last and banished the Saxon scourge from his lands. But even as Arthur's kingdom reaches its zenith, his kingdom is being undermined from within. Not only has Arthur been betrayed by the one person he should be able to trust--his bitter queen and second wife, Wenhaver--he also learns of a terrible threat from inside his own kingdom. With his guide and master tactician, Merlin, gone, Arthur must decide how to proceed if he wishes to see Britain stand strong. As the burden of leadership and power rests solely on his shoulders, Arthur faces a terrible choice: does he commit a deed that will render him comparable to Uther Pendragon, the evil king who preceded him on the throne, or does he let the evil go unchecked?

The Merlin Prophecy Book One: Battle of Kings

by M. K. Hume

BOY, HEALER, PROPHET--THE EPIC TALE OF MERLIN BEGINS In the town of Segontium a wild storm washes a fugitive ashore. He brutally rapes the granddaughter of the ruler of the Deceangli tribe, leaving her to bear his son, Myrddion Merlinus (Merlin). Spurned as a demon seed, the child is raised by his grandmother and, as soon as he turns nine, he is apprenticed to a skilled alchemist who hones the boy's remarkable gift of prophecy. Meanwhile, the High King of the Britons, Vortigern, is rebuilding the ancient fortress at Dinas Emrys. According to a prophecy, he must use the blood of a demon seed--a human sacrifice--to make his towers stand firm. Myrddion's life is now in jeopardy, but the gifted boy understands that he has a richer destiny to fulfill. Soon Vortigern shall be known as the harbinger of chaos, and Myrddion must use his gifts for good in a land besieged by evil. So begins the young healer's journey to greatness . . ., and Merlin must use his gifts for good in a land besieged by evil. So begins the healer's trying journey to greatness...

The Merlin Prophecy Book Three: Hunting with Gods

by M. K. Hume

HUNTING WITH GODS -- MERLIN'S DESTINY IS FULFILLED Disappointed after meeting his father in Constantinople, Merlin returns home to find Britain is engaged in a bloodthirsty war against the Saxons. Spared by the king of the Britons, he begins to train other healers across the land. But the king's untimely death puts Merlin under the grip of Uther Pendragon, an evil war leader. Uther orders Merlin to use his magical powers to help him seduce the young wife of King Gorlois. The healer is horrified by the High King's demands but realizes that many others will suffer at Uther's hands if he disobeys. Can Merlin survive Uther's madness and enable good to overcome evil? In Hunting with Gods, Merlin's morality is challenged as never before. M. K. Hume has won the praise of readers and critics alike with her original take on the Merlin legend. Her background in Arthurian literature provides historical accuracy to a beautifully written trilogy wrought with passion, heart, and adventure. successfully transporting them into the turbulent Dark Ages. Full of action-packed fights and passionate romance, Hunting with Gods reimagines the legend of Merlin in thrilling and fascinating ways.

The Merlin Prophecy Book Two: Death of an Empire

by M. K. Hume

"Exciting, violent, and bloody and full of historical facts" (LoveReading.co.uk review)--the historical series for fans of Diana Gabaldon and Bernard Cornwell continues with the legend of Merlin as the gifted healer progresses into a man of great renown.Myrddion Merlinus is a product of a brutal rape, and in the second book of this epic trilogy, he embarks on a quest to uncover his father's identity and sets sail from Celtic Briton with his band of loyal companions. Their journey through war-ravaged France, Rome, and Ravenna to Constantinople will test their skills and strength to the limit. Roman control over Europe is weakening. Attila's barbaric army is causing death and destruction and, bound by a healer's oath to relieve suffering, Merlin must serve under General Flavius Aetius at the Battle of the Catalaunian Plains. Merlin saves the lives of thousands of warriors, but a deadlier conflict between Emperor Valentinian of the West and Senator Petronius Maximus awaits, and Merlin must use all his resolve to survive the death of an empire.

Muerte de un imperio (Profecía de Merlín 2)

by M. K. Hume

«Si hubiera que elegir una palabra para describir esta novela, sin duda sería "envolvente". Hace sentir que se forma parte de la gesta épica en la que Merlín recorre el Imperio romano.» SF Book ReviewsEl Imperio romano de Occidente está siendo atacado. Las hordas capitaneadas por Atila ya han llegado hasta las tierras de la antigua Galia, y dejan a su paso el pavor, la muerte, la destrucción. Nada ni nadie ha podido detenerlas. Pero un general romano, un rey visigodo y un caudillo franco, antes rivales y ahora aliados, esperan para presentar la última batalla.A ella asiste Myrddion Merlinus, que se marchó de Britania en busca de conocimientos y, sobre todo, de sus auténticos orígenes. En estos tiempos convulsos y despiadados, de intrigas y traiciones, sus dotes de sanador y su don para la profecía se revelarán una valiosa pieza en el juego de reclamar los restos de un imperio escindido y en decadencia.VIAJERO, SANADOR, PROFETA... LA HISTORIA DE MERLÍN CONTINÚA.Ansioso por incrementar sus conocimientos de sanación y azuzado por la posibilidad de encontrar a su padre, Myrddion Merlinus abandona su tribu y la isla que le vio nacer. Desembarca en un continente sumido en el caos, donde las distintas facciones que estaban disputándose los restos del Imperio romano de Occidente se han visto obligadas a unirse contra el invasor procedente del este.Flavio Aecio, el general romano que luchó en la batalla de los Campos Cataláunicos, Atila el Huno, el caudillo franco Meroveo, el rey visigodo Teodorico, el emperador Valentiniano III y su frontal enemigo, el senador Petronio Máximo... Las grandes mentes militares y políticas de la época, hombres leales solo a sí mismos, cruzarán sus destinos con el joven viajero durante el largo periplo que le llevará hasta Constantinopla.Pero ni las espadas en el campo de batalla, ni las tormentas en el mar ni el capricho de los gobernantes serán lo único a lo que Myrddion deba enfrentarse. En ese mundo violento y en ruinas, abandonado por sus habitantes, azotado por las enfermedades y la muerte, tal vez sus peores enemigos sean, en realidad, su habilidad como sanador y ese don de la profecía que le atormenta.

Red de traiciones (Profecía de Merlín 3)

by M. K. Hume

Lealtad. Sacrificio. Traición. Myrddion Merlinus afronta su último desafío.De los templos de mármol, de las lujosas villas, de las carreteras adoquinadas solo quedan ruinas y cascotes. La violencia llena el vacío creado por la retirada de los últimos romanos, la guerra embrutece a las gentes de la Britania. El gran rey Ambrosio Aureliano y su hermano Úter Pendragón se disputan encarnizadamente con los invasores sajones cada aldea y cada ciudad.Recién llegado de Constantinopla, Myrddion Merlinus se ve obligado a servir a Ambrosio, para quien organiza una red de espías con la que anticiparse a los enemigos y controlar a los aliados. Sin embargo, tras la muerte prematura del rey, su sucesor Úter Pendragón fuerza a Myrddion a ayudarle en sus designios más oscuros.¿Sobrevivirá el joven sanador y consejero a esa locura que ciega al nuevo caudillo de los britanos? ¿Y logrará que de una red de traiciones acabe naciendo el bien?SANADOR, PROFETA, CONSEJERO... LA HISTORIA DE MERLÍN CULMINA.El regreso más soñado y esperado a los lugares que forman parte del pasado puede acarrear una amarga decepción, pues nada sigue igual. Tras seis largos años de viaje por el continente, Myrddion Merlinus y sus compañeros desembarcan en Dubris, en la costa britana. Sin embargo el mundo que recordaban ha cambiado. Está naciendo uno nuevo, y sus reglas todavía no están escritas.Pronto el camino de Myrddion se cruza con el del irascible Úter Pendragón, más bestia que hombre, quien lo entrega a su hermano Ambrosio Aureliano. El gran rey de los britanos es un gobernante inteligente, abierto y razonable, alguien a quien Myrddion siente que puede respetar, incluso admirar, y acepta ser su consejero.La posición de Ambrosio está amenazada no sólo por sus enemigos mortales, los invasores sajones, sino también por los reyezuelos celtas que le rinden tributo. Para conocer los movimientos de unos, las ambiciones de los otros y asegurar el reino, cuyos hilos empieza a mover, Myrddion organiza una red de espías.Pero la muerte prematura del rey y una promesa atan entonces a Myrddion a un personaje que pone en peligro todo lo que se había conseguido: Úter Pendragón, el nuevo caudillo de los britanos. Solo la profecía de que sus sufrimientos no serán en vano da esperanzas al joven sanador y consejero para hacer cumplir el destino.

Twilight of the Celts Book One: The Last Dragon

by M. K. Hume

For fans of Game of Thrones, this epic and dramatic new series from the magnificent storyteller M. K. Hume, author of the Arthur and Merlin trilogies, allows the legend of King Arthur to live on.It is a dark and fearful time for the Celts. King Artor has died at the hands of a murderous traitor, and Ector, a mere boy, is acknowledged as the legitimate heir to the kingdom. But the land of the Celts is weakened and Ector grows up torn between a sense of doom and duty.Meanwhile, in the Forest of Arden, young Arthur discovers that he is the Bastard Prince, son of King Artor and Lady Elayne. Trained in the skills of a warrior, Arthur cannot challenge the position of his ruler and childhood friend, nor can he stand back and watch Briton crumble under the threat of invasion. As the Last Dragon, he must ensure that his father's legacy lives on... Skillfully weaving fact and fiction, legend and lore, M. K. Hume has written a captivating tale packed with epic battle scenes and passionate romance. Here is the start to another series that will transport and transfix you from the very first page.

Twilight of the Celts Book Two: The Storm Lord

by M. K. Hume

Crippled with hunger and weary to the point of collapse, Gareth Minor enters the fortress of Arden to deliver the dire news that Lord Arthur, the Last Dragon, has been captured by barbarians and taken to the frozen north. With Father Lorcan and Germanus by his side, Gareth embarks on a quest to rescue his master. <P><P> Meanwhile, in the Land of the Denes, Arthur and his fellow prisoners enrage the Dene King when they are presented at court. As they flee for their lives, Stormbringer, their captor turned protector, leads them to safety. But the northern shores are under threat of invasion and Stormbringer and Arthur unite in battle, knowing few will survive...

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