Blood of Ambrose
by James Enge
Cover Artist: Dominic Harman
Review by Mel Jacob
Pyr Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781591027362
Date: 21 April 2009 List Price $15.98 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
James Enge interweaves two coming of age stories: one of the three-hundred-year old wizard Morelock Ambrosius and the other of King Lathmar VII, a boy of twelve, in his novel Blood of Ambrose. The Protector, Lathmar's uncle who acts as regent, disposed of the boy's parents and those loyal to him. His grandmother, Ambrosia Viviana, schemes to preserve Lathmar and the empire of Ontilia. Sister of Morelock and daughter of Merlin, she married Uthar the Great and founded the dynasty of which Lathmar is the last descendant. From official release/information:
Product Description: Behind the King's life stands the menacing Protector, and beyond him lies the Protector's Shadow...
Centuries after the death of Uthar the Great, the throne of the Ontilian Empire lies vacant. The late Emperor's brother-in-law and murderer, Lord Urdhven, appoints himself Protector to his nephew, young King Lathmar VII and sets out to kill anyone who stands between himself and mastery of the Empire, including (if he can manage it) the King himself and his ancient but still formidable ancestress, Ambrosia Viviana.
When Ambrosia is accused of witchcraft and put to trial by combat, she is forced to play her trump card and call on her brother, Morlock Ambrosius--stateless person, master of all magical makers, deadly swordsman, and hopeless drunk.
As ministers of the king, they carry on the battle, magical and mundane, against the Protector and his shadowy patron. But all their struggles will be wasted unless the young king finds the strength to rule in his own right and his own name.