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Published in 1996 by Michael Joseph
Purple cloth, gilt titles
Printers key 13579108642
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|Arthur, the warlord, has won his victory on the bloody turf of Lugg Vale. The kingdoms are finally united. Mordred's throne is safe; Guinevere carries Arthur's child; Lancelot is to marry Ceinwyn. And then in the spring, a march against the Saxons, one last great slaughter and Arthur will have won his dream of everlasting peace, and be able to rule with his band of warriors, who have taken the hand of friendship with each other.
But Arthur has forgotten the Gods. He believes in the law, the Gods love chaos and the Gods will win.
But one man will never forget the Gods. Merlin. If he can bring together Britain's thirteen sacred objects, scattered when the Romans laid waste to Ynys Mon, the Blessed Isle, the Gods will be restored, the Saxons flung into the sea and the last brief flickers of Christianity snuffed out. For Merlin, Britain without the Gods is nothing. Derfel, the stalwart of Arthur's shield wall, is drawn into Merlin's intrigues, and Arthur's plans are tipped into chaos.