Lucian Aurelianus is a descendant of Roman emperors and British kings alike, as well as being Arthur’s cousin. He receives an urgent summons to Camelot from Merlin only to arrive after the slaughter of the Battle of Camlann, in time to see Arthur’s body taken away to Avalon. Soon afterward Lucian’s brother, Constantine, claims the right to be High King of Britain—and exiles anyone who challenges him, including the surviving Knights. At the same time, the sons of Arthur’s nephew and mortal enemy, Modred, have joined forces with the Saxons, along with soldiers from a reborn Roman Empire with designs on Britain, for a final attack against Camelot.
How did you come to write about Camelot after Arthur had died?
I like to make a story as “interactive” as a book can possibly be. That is, I don’t want to just draw a reader into the story in a basic way. I want them to feel the way the character is feeling. To think what the character is feeling. To touch, hear, and smell what the characters are sensing. I tend to do that through a lot of detail, both period detail and what is going through characters’ mind. To feel like they’re living in the place alongside the characters. I can’t time travel (which is still disappointing to me), but I've always felt like historical novels were the next best thing, and if my readers feel like they've at least gotten a good long glimpse at the place and time I’m writing about, then I’m happy with that.