The pace of this novel meanders as gently as the elderly couple who ostensibly leave their village to visit their estranged son, several days travelling away. The setting is a wild, chaotic Britain, many years after the Romans have left, where Saxon and Briton tribes sporadically wage war against each other. They meet many interesting characters on quests of their own in the course of their journey, including the knight, Sir Gawain, in fealty to King Arthur, and his trusty steed, Horace; Wistan, the Saxon warrior, and a strange young boy called Edwin, who has been bitten by the she-dragon Querig, which Sir Gawain is charged with protecting.
Axl and his wife, Beatrice, wander through this land of ogres, giants, and a mist which takes away your memories, to the conclusion of the story, which had me in tears. The last few pages are brilliant.
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