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Conn Iggulden has called it 'a masterpiece' while The Times has hailed it 'a gorgeous, rich retelling of the Arthurian tale' . . .
The legions of Rome are a fading memory. Enemies stalk the fringes of Britain. And Uther Pendragon is dying. Into this fractured and uncertain world the boy is cast, a refugee from fire, murder and betrayal. An outsider whose only companions are a hateful hawk and memories of the lost.
Yet he is gifted, and under the watchful eyes of Merlin and the Lady Nimue he will hone his talents and begin his journey to manhood. He will meet Guinevere, a wild, proud and beautiful girl, herself outcast because of her gift. And he will be dazzled by Arthur, a warrior who carries the hopes of a people like fire in the dark. But these are times of struggle and blood, when even friendship and love seem doomed to fail.
The gods are vanishing beyond the reach of dreams. Treachery and jealousy rule men’s hearts and the fate of Britain itself rests on a sword’s edge.
But the young renegade who left his home in Benoic with just a hunting bird and dreams of revenge is now a lord of war. He is a man loved and hated, admired and feared. A man forsaken but not forgotten. He is Lancelot.
Set in a 5th century Britain besieged by invading bands of Saxons and Franks, Irish and Picts, Giles Kristian's epic new novel tells - in Lancelot's own words - the story of the most revered yet reviled of all Arthur's knights, the warrior who fought at his lord's side - yet stole his wife. This is the story of the of one of the great figures of British myth and legend - a story ready to be re-imagined for our times.
It was his family history (he is half Norwegian) which inspired GILES KRISTIAN to write his first historical novels: the acclaimed and bestselling RAVEN Viking trilogy – Blood Eye, Sons of Thunder and Odin’s Wolves. For his next series, he drew on a long-held fascination with the English Civil War to chart the fortunes of a family divided by this brutal conflict in The Bleeding Land and Brothers’ Fury. Giles also co-wrote Wilbur Smith’s No.1 bestseller, Golden Lion. In his newest novels – God of Vengeance (a TIMES Book of the Year), Winter’s Fire, and Wings of the Storm – he returns to the world of the Vikings to tell the story of Sigurd and his celebrated fictional fellowship. Currently, Giles is working on his next novel, Lancelot, scheduled for publication in the summer of 2018.
For several years Giles has collaborated on book trailers and short films with filmmaker and director Philip Stevens. Together, Giles and Philip founded World Serpent Productions, a creative partnership dedicated to scriptwriting, screenwriting and filmmaking. They will be shooting the feature film Lapwing, written by Laura Turner and starring Hannah Douglas, this summer.
"Gameplay is what we do. Story is why we do it." Besides writing novels, Giles works with games studios as a narrative designer, helping story and gameplay walk hand in hand from premise to production. His latest narrative design work has been on Valnir Rok, a multiplayer online survival role-playing game inspired by Norse mythology. Created by Encurio, Valnir Rok will be released this summer. Giles is also working on another very exciting video game with a Norwegian developer. More on that soon...
Having worked in the entertainment business for many years, Giles is no stranger to television and radio. Whether he’s being interviewed about his books, taking part in panel shows on the radio, or contributing as a talking head on a television history documentary, you can keep up with Giles’ appearances here on the website.
For years now I’ve thought that the Viking books would lend themselves very well to a graphic novel adaptation. What I had in mind was a dark and brutal retelling. Something which belongs within the GK canon but which is allowed to make - or break - its own rules and be its own thing. Collaborating with artist Christian Sloan Hall we are in the process of developing this material. We haven’t yet approached a publisher, because we want to make sure we’re good and ready before we do. But please feel free to spread word of our work-in-progress.