Words almost fail me.
The briefness of Anierin’s tale shows yet again the necessity of “Pendragon” and “Grail”, whatever people say. And alas, Lawhead still does not have White’s strength of characterization. While I loved Arthur and Guinevere and Merlin and others, Mordred (Merdraut in Lawhead’s version) was flat, where in White’s version he was strangely sympathetic. I will not complain that things moved too fast; that is why Lawhead wrote his middle two books. But at any rate the short length was noticeable.
This is not a specific fault of the book, but I’d love for Lawhead to record what Lancelot did to restore his honor after the events of “Grail”. Pure curiosity if nothing else.
But enough of my quibbling. This was a brilliant, tragic, beautiful, almost perfect ending, an elegiac send-off for Arthur, his kingdom, and all the characters we love. Though I am not convinced it will be very good, my heart aches for “Avalon”. Surely – Surely! – the Summer Realm will not end like this! Merlin said Arthur would return. So be it!
The Pendragon Cycle is a work of genius, a fantasy masterpiece. One more book to go. Onward to “Avalon”!