In the Shadow of the Oak King
By Courtway Jones
A new variation on the Arthurian tale, this version invents a new, older half-brother for Arthur and a brutal, tribal Britain as a setting. Jones's details of life and culture reflect his interest in anthropology and give the novel vivacity. Pelleas, a bastard of Uther's and intended for sacrifice to the Oak King, god of the druids, is saved by Myrddin and survives to help raise his younger half-brother.