What I liked: The Shadow of a King by C.M. Gray was well written with vivid descriptions. The opening scene of the king, Uther, dying slowly in the small chamber of the abbey, created a powerful first chapter to pull the reader in. All the characters were easy to visualized, making it easy for the reader to cross over into a foreign time and land.
What I wanted more of: Action and pacing. It took too long for any action to happen and when it did, it was written at the same level as the dialogue. In Chapter 7, The Night of the Long Knives, the action is told through story-telling and dialogue and wasn’t as compelling as if the author had found a way to set the reader in the middle of the action.
It was hard for me to get through, but if you love Authorian legends, give it a chance.