The Hawthorn Throne | ✓

The Hawthorn Throne | ✓

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R. E. Levy By relevy Completed

[Editors' Choice] A century and a half have passed following the Roman withdrawal from the British Isles, abandoning the accursed place to its plethora of chiefs and warlords. In the Kingdom of Elmet, a boy named Artorious, heir of Uther Pendragon, has pulled the sword from the king's stone and taken his place as  Lord of Elmet.

None of that matters much to Riona, local witch and self-described hermit of Cornwall. Right up until a violent Saxon expansion forces her into wary allegiance with an outcast druid named Aidan. This unlikely friendship pushes Riona down a path of equal parts danger and adventure, but as their compulsory journey together continues, it becomes clear that the sins of Riona's mysterious druidic parent have left her in danger. Riona unwillingly finds herself balancing precipitously between the dying world of the druids and the burgeoning reign of King Artorious. Her mere existence has inspired enemies-enemies only Aidan can protect her from...or so they would have her believe.

Dedicated to history, but committed to the idea that Fantasy doesn't have to be mayonnaise on white bread, R. E. Levy takes on the legend of King Arthur with new eyes; injecting non-binary druids, Sasanian and Numidian Knights, queer Celts, Jewish love interests, and even a dash of plague.

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"In The Hawthorn Throne, Levy draws heavily from both Arthurian folklore and Celtic tradition to construct a new Fantasy story from the ground up. Though it wears its influence on its sleeve, it avoids falling into the trap of homage and route reproduction that often plagues the genre. Thoughtfully populated with its own unique characters and mythos. An original in a sea of derivations." - Tomas

TW: pregnancy, anti-semitism, labor, abortion, sex, violence.

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