Book 2 of the Pendragon cycle. A magnificent epic set against the backcloth of Roman Britain and Celtic legend. This is Merlin's story, the story of the Island of the Mighty of warring battlechiefs and bloody Saecsen invaders, of the hidden Hill Folk, and the waning power of Rome. Merlin: Respected, feared, and hated by many, he was to have a higher destiny. It was he who was to prepare the way for the momentous event that would unite the Island of the Mighty, the coming of a king, Arthur Pendragon, who will usher in the Kingdom of Summer.