The death of vengeance is the most beautiful death of all.
All the signs are that the hill below the fortress of Taurovinda, stronghold of Urtha, High King of the Cornovidi, is coming alive in a way that signals danger from the west, from the Otherworldly realm of the Shadows of Heroes. They claim the land as their own.
But this time their actions are driven by a force that is darker and older than even the oldest among the ghosts. Who or what is raising the Dead? Merlin must answer that question if this time of kings and lovers is to be saved; his quest for the truth will take him back in history, and to a fabled island of legend.
Jason’s wonderful ship, Argo, has returned, drawn back by her own guilty past, and a dreadful secret that she will reveal only to Merlin. Could Argo hold the key to the mystery?
And all the while, Niiv, the bewitching, beautiful Northlands enchantress, is working her way even deeper into Merlin’s charms. Love is in the air. But at a price.
In this third volume of the Merlin Codex, Robert Holdstock weaves myth and history into a fabulous tale of honour, vengeance and magic. At its centre, moving along his never-ending path, is Merlin himself, an enchanter in the prime of his life, feckless, curious, powerful, yet a stranger to his own past – and a man about find a true and honourable use for his talents.