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In all respects it is an excellent read and I was gripped from the first page. This author could be as widely read and respected as Tolkien or Pullman.
The Readers’ Review Magazine
This book is different and makes interesting reading. The next time I walk the moor I know I may not be alone. Slowly but surely this book grips you, like a snake crushing your bones.
Among the ancient standing stones of Dartmoor live the Dini. Now just two feet tall, their bodies no longer able to bear children, the Dini are dying out. Only ten survive on the moor.
According to their own folklore they are descendents of the Celtic tribe, the Votadini, who were great warriors and horsemen. Led by their kinsman warlord, whose battle name was Artos (now remembered as King Arthur), they defeated the Saxon invaders. The Celtic Kings, jealous of Artos’ popularity, persuaded the witch Demetia to treacherously plot the downfall of Artos. Fearing the revenge of his loyal kinsmen Demetia cast a weakening spell on the Votadini so that generation by generation they shrink in size.
After 1,000 years, the Dini were forced by the cruelty of the Biguns to live in hiding in the wild places. But staying hidden is growing difficult as modern-day Biguns pour into the wild places to enjoy their stark beauty. Is it time to stop hiding and fight back?
A series of strange events arouses the suspicions of Dartmoor Ranger Bob Johnson. Is he going mad or can there really be tiny people living on the moor? If he is going mad then he’s not the only one – there’s a crazy old man who thinks he’s the reincarnation of Merlin. Is it Ranger Bob’s rôle to save them? Is there an even bigger task for him? Inspired by the Spirit of Artos, Bob becomes Robert Edgar Johnson, Guardian of the Earth, Companion of Kings. Maybe, just maybe, he can help to save us all.