THE COLOUR OF VENGEANCE
♥ AUTHOR – Kim Headlee
♥ TITLE – The Color of Vengeance
♥ SERIES – The Dragon’s Dove Chronicles
♥ GENRE – Early Medieval Historical Fiction
At 5,000 words, this is a quick, and equally fast-moving read. Told from two viewpoints, that of the protagonist and the antagonist. There is a fairly brief mention of Arthur, but the main protagonist is Dwras. After seeing his wife and baby son brutally slaughtered all he wants is revenge, but as a simple farmer, he does not have either the skill or weapons to fight the evil marauders.
Being Welsh myself, and proud of my Celtic heritage, I could relate to the characters and incidents in this story. The descriptive passages are well written and the scenes unfolded before me like a film. I would have liked a little more of 'the Pendragon' being also keenly interested in the Arthurian legends, but then this is the tale of Dwras and his quest for revenge. He learns to wield a sword in the service of Arthur and is finally ready to wreak vengeance on those who murdered his family. The climax is bloody and thrilling with a fairly predictable twist, but this is, in itself, a satisfying conclusion and means the character has changed and developed considerably from the person he was at the start.. I enjoyed this short read and would like to read more of Kim Iverson's work.
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Dwras jabbed the offending warrior on the shoulder. With a grunt, the man swung his head around to fix narrow eyes upon him.
“What d’ye want?”
“My seat. I want it back.” Dwras lowered his eyebrows. “Now!”
“You—what?” The Lothian warrior’s laughter nearly made him choke. A grinning companion slapped his back.
“Oho, Farmer Dwras thinks he’s one of us, lads,” chortled another warrior, making a shooing motion. “Be off with you! Back to your pigs, farmer boy.”
They burst into cackles, hoots, and hog calls. Dwras felt his cheeks flush.
The warrior in Dwras’s seat found himself buried under sops and ale.
“My mistake, sir.” He grinned devilishly. “I thought this was the sty.”