Avalon Paperback

The Return of King Arthur

by Stephen Lawhead

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Avalon brings the Arthurian legend into the 21st century

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‘Avalon: The Return of King Arthur’ is the follow-on fiction to his bestselling series ‘Pendragon Cycle’, which captured the historical legend of King Arthur in a gripping battle between good and evil.

When the news of King Edward the Ninth’s death reaches the House of Parliament, the power-hungry Prime Minster, Thomas Waring, begins his politically charged campaign to dissolve the British monarchy. But Mr. Embries (who goes by the name ‘Merlin’) has a different agenda in mind.

Up in the Scottish Highlands, the commander James Arthur Stuart receives the news that he is next in line for the throne. Magic and legends slowly come out the woodwork of 21st century Britain, as Arthur and his friends valiantly join the battle between good and evil. Could he be King Arthur incarnate? Could he bring unity and salvation to the British Isles?

This thrilling novel is soaked in fantasy, myth and legend, as much as political parallels and thought-provoking philosophy. Re-released to a new audience, ‘Avalon’ will indefinitely draw people towards the undeniable writing talents of Steven R. Lawhead and his impressive back catalogue.

About the Author

Stephen Lawhead is the internationally acclaimed author of many outstanding fantasy and science fiction novels, including ‘The Song of Albion’ trilogy, and ‘The Pendragon’ series. Stephen lives in Oxford with his wife Alice. They have two grown up sons.

Avalon by Stephen Lawhead was published by Lion Hudson in March 2013 and is our 9232nd best seller. The ISBN for Avalon is 9781782640141.

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It is the late 21st century, and with the death of the unloved King Edward the Ninth the British monarchy is ended. The political establishment is republican. The tradition of many centuries is over.

But in Scotland, one young man, James Stuart, discovers the remarkable truth about his own origins. It is a truth which has implications far beyond the ambitions of those in Westminster who would reshape the country, and one which will revive an ancient struggle for the destiny of Britain. Stephen Lawhead is the acclaimed author of more than twenty novels including the Pendragon series about King Arthur.

A wonderful successor volume, Avalon is both daring in its ambition and utterly assured in its storytelling.
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Other Books by Stephen R. Lawhead:

KING RAVEN TRILOGY (fictional books following the legend of Robin Hood):
Hood | Book 1
Scarlet | Book 2
Tuck | Book 3

THE CELTIC CRUSADES (fictional books about Celtic Myths):
The Iron Lance | Book 1
The Black Rod | Book 2
The Mystic Rose | Book 3

THE SONG OF ALBION TRILOGY (fictional books where Celtic Myths come alive):
The Paradise War | Book 1
The Silver hand | Book 2
The Endless Knot | Book 3

THE PENDRAGON CYCLE (fantasy fiction focusing on a different legend from Mythical history in each book):
 Taliesin | Book 1
Merlin | Book 2
Arthur | Book 3
Pendragon | Book 4
Grail | Book 5
Avalon | Book 6

THE DRAGON KING TRILOGY (recently re-launched for young adult readers):
In the Hall of the Dragon King | Book 1
The Warlords of Nin | Book 2
The Sword and the Flame | Book 3

THE BRIGHT EMPIRES SERIES (time-travel fantasy fiction about ‘Ley Travel’)
The Skin Map | Book 1
The Bone House | Book 2
The Spirit Well | Book 3
The Shadow Lamp | Book 4

Back Cover Text

It has been foretold: In the hour of Britian’s greatest need, King Arthur will return to rescue his people.

In Portugal, the reprobate King Edward the Ninth has died by his own hand.

In England, a dark scenario conceived by the power-hungry Prime Minister, Thomas Waring, is about to be realised: the total destruction og the British monarchy in the first-first century.

And in the Scottish Highlands, a mystical emissary named Mr. Embries – better known as “Merlin” – informs a young captian that he is next in line to occupy the throne. For James Arthur Stuart is not the commander he has always believed himself to be – he is Arthur, the legendary King of Summer, reborn.

But the road to England’s salvation is rocky and dangerous, with powerful enemies waiting in ambush: Waring and his ruthless political machine… and the agents of an ancient, far more potent evil. For Arthur is not the only one who has returned from the mists of legend. And Merlin’s magic is not the only sorcery that has survived the centuries.


 “A rousing postscript to Lawhead’s bardic Pendragon Cycle… Playing off snappy contemporary derring-do against the powerful shinning glimpses of the historical Arthur he created, Lawhead pulls off a genuinely moving parable of good and evil.” – Publishers Weekly.

“… a triumph of modern fiction, which you'll either love or hate.” – D. Sawyer, Amazon.co.uk Review.

“Perhaps there's a pro-royalist and anti-democrat message here… "Avalon" will not only entertain you with a nail-biting ride, it will fuel a passion for a king and a kingdom! God save the king!” – Godly Gadfly, Amazon.co.uk Review.

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In Brief: Eden Video Transcript

“Avalon is a nail-biting political thriller where the myths and legends of King Arthur rise up from the history book into the 21st Century.”

“Stephen Lawhead is a highly respected fiction writer with a loyal band of followers, and this book has split them down the middle. Some criticize ‘Avalon’ for moving away from the religious and philosophical realm becoming too politically driven. Others commend his valiant effort to bring the “for king and country” passion of Ye Old Britain into a modern day setting.”

“But one thing is certain: this book is one of Stephen’s most daring and creative plotlines, and is well worth reading.


Details for Avalon

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherLion Hudson (March 2013)
Edition1st New edition
Number of Pages448
Thickness28 mm
Height198 mm
Width130 mm
Product Code4063557
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