Britain. 1900 BC. Stonehenge stands as a unifying monument and temple to the Britons – proud and protective, a shield against foreign invaders wishing to plunder the tin and flint from the land, and intrude on the sacred chalk lands of the Great Plain, home to the Ancestors.
Out of the West comes a leader, Ardhu a young chieftain, tutored by the wise Shaman known as The Merlin. Endowed with totems of power and an ancestral sword from the depths of the sacred river, Ardhu Pendraec assumes the mantle of the Stone Lord, ruler of the Great Trilithon, protector of ancient Britain….
Ardhu takes possession of the Great Temple but his ‘Golden Age’ of dagger and axe is fleeting, filled with betrayal and deception rife by those closest to him – Morigau, his scheming half-sister, who releases the Boar T’orc to ravage the land, and Fynavir, his wife, whose forbidden passion for the bronze stranger An’kelet may bring down all the young King has worked to attain.
And then there is his twisted son Mordraed, born from unholy union, weaned on blood– he seeks to unsettle Ardhu’s eminence as the King’s power begins to wane. With disease and unrest rampant, the King and the Land must be reborn. Fearing the worst, Ardhu attempts to lead his warriors on a final journey to retrieve a legendary golden Cup from Ireland, which the Maimed King of the Wasteland foretells will unite a crumbling kingdom. But his journey ends in despair and death when his son, the mystic-warrior Gal’havad, is mysteriously poisoned.
Ardhu’s Sun westers, while Mordraed’s Dark Moon rises over Stonehenge… and under Mordraed’s hateful rule, the Stones of the Giants’ Dance will fall!
A unique work of historical fantasy, placing the Arthurian myths in a prehistoric context and drawing heavily on the latest archaeological discoveries not only in the landscape around Stonehenge and Avebury, but also as far as the Orkney Isles and Ireland
J.P. Reedman lives near…Stonehenge… and has studied megalithic monuments for over 30 years. Death, burial, ritual are the main areas of interest, followed by material culture. Other interest include archaeology, anthropolofy, the medieval period, and Wars of the Roses.