5 autographed copies will be given away on Friday, August 8, 2014.
“He felt suddenly as if a siren’s song were calling to him from across the sea, from an enchanted land, an island kingdom named England. He had always pictured England as a magical fairy tale realm, ever since his childhood when he had first read the legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.
Magic existed in the thought of England’s green hills, in the names of Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, and the Tower of London. It was one of the few lands still ruled by a monarch, perhaps a land where fairy tales might still come true. Maybe even a place where he might at last find a father.”
All his life, Adam Morgan has sought his true identity and the father he never knew. When multiple coincidences lead him to England, he will not only find his father, but mutual love with a woman he can never have, and a family legacy he never imagined possible. Among England’s green hills and crumbling castles, Adam’s intuition awakens, and when a mysterious stranger appears with a tale of Britain’s past, Adam discovers forces are at work to bring about the return of a king.
Exclusive interview with the author:
1) What makes “Arthur’s Legacy: The Children of Arthur, Book One” stand out from other novels about King Arthur?
I think the vision I have to connect Arthur’s time with our own, and to do that through linking a modern character as his descendant, is what really makes “Arthur’s Legacy” stand out. Other authors have done this, but my series will trace Arthur’s descendants from the fifth century to the twenty-first, and it begins with Adam Delaney, an American who finds out his father is British and quite prominent. The resulting journey to England for Adam is full of twists and turns, including finding out the true story of Camelot, which provides a story within a story in the novel. In the end, I hope readers will find themselves asking what it might mean to them if they, like Adam, found out they were descended from King Arthur – and if King Arthur did live, chances are we would all be descended from him.
2) You mentioned that Adam will find out the “true story” of Camelot. What do you mean by that? How will the story he finds out differ from the usual legend?
I think readers will find themselves challenged by this novel because it questions most of what they thought they knew about the legend. I drew on many forgotten sources, especially the Welsh legends, and incorporated them into the novel. For example, most people don’t know that Guinevere had a sister named Gwenhwyvach, who is listed in the Welsh traditions as one of the reasons for the Battle of Camlann, where Arthur and Mordred reputedly slew each other. Mordred’s depiction will also be surprising in this novel because I found plenty of traditions that he may not have been a traitor. There are also traditions that Arthur had other children besides Mordred. Trust me, there will be lots of surprises before this novel is over.
3) What other Arthurian characters you haven’t mentioned yet make an appearance in the novel?
Merlin, of course. He is the person who arranges for Adam Delaney in the twentieth century to learn the true story of Camelot. Then there is Morgana (often called Morgan le Fay). She also plays a major role as the Lady of Avalon and Arthur’s sister. Another character who is prominent is Constantine. Traditionally, he succeeds Arthur as King of Britain, but we know very little of him. Why was he chosen as Arthur’s successor? Let me just hint that history is often told from the conqueror’s viewpoint. There are far too many more to list here, but I think readers will find it fascinating how I depicted many of them.
4) How did you do all your research for the novel?
I knew I wanted to write a novel about the Arthurian legend for a long-time. When I started writing, I realized how much research I would need to do, and I was in an M.A. program in English at the time, so I decided to write my M.A. Thesis on the legend, which would cover doing the research for the novel. The thesis eventually became my scholarly book “King Arthur’s Children.” I also visited England and many of the Arthurian sites such as Tintagel and Glastonbury. Then I decided to write an entire series, which meant all kinds of additional research, including a trip to Turkey. I can’t count how many books and articles I read and found inspiration in, or how many times I listened to the music from two of my favorite Broadway shows, “Camelot” and “Spamalot,” while writing.
5) Will you tell us a little more about the series and when the next book will be out?
The next book in the series is titled “Melusine’s Gift” and it will be released in 2015. It depicts Arthur’s descendants in the eighth century and ties the Arthurian legend to that of the fairy Melusine and also the legends of Charlemagne. That will be followed by three more books for a total of five that will take the legend all over the medieval world, from Britain to France, Spain, Italy, Turkey, and even to Jerusalem and Baghdad. Other characters who will make appearances include legendary people such as Prester John and the Wandering Jew, and historical people like Haroun al-Rashid and Vlad Tepes. It will be quite the wild ride before we are finished and it may just end with King Arthur’s return. For the latest updates on the series, visit www.ChildrenofArthur.com
About the author:
Tyler R. Tichelaar has long been an avid enthusiast and scholar of the Arthurian legend. After earning a Ph.D. in British literature and publishing a series of historical novels, including The Marquette Trilogy and the award-winning Narrow Lives, he turned his attention to the Arthurian legend. In 2010, he published King Arthur’s Children: A Study in Fiction and Tradition, a scholarly work that explores treatments of King Arthur’s children from the Middle Ages through twenty-first century novels, including claims by several families to be King Arthur’s descendants. But Tyler also wrote this nonfiction book as part of his research for his five volume historical fantasy series, The Children of Arthur about the descendants of King Arthur, from the fifth through the twenty-first centuries. In 2014, he published the first book in the series, Arthur’s Legacy. The second book, Melusine’s Gift, will be published in 2015. Visit Tyler online at ChildrenOfArthur.com.
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