Enge, James -- Blood of Ambrose

Imagine if Merlin had stuck around England for all the centuries after Arthur, to make sure the kingdom ran okay. It's not actually Merlin or England (although enough names come from that tradition that I spent way too long trying to figure out if this was alt-history-fantasy or not). But you get the idea. Ambrosius is ancient, half-legendary, and possessed of an infinite amount of personal baggage. His sister is just the same, except she's not a drunk. Both of them are interested in protecting the young prince from the palace coup that's going down... Okay, I'll say it: this is the Belgariad done right (as if by S. Morganstern, maybe?) Cheerfully over-the-top.

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