Prince of the Lake is based on the Norse epic of Beowulf: the story of an ordinary man who became a legendary hero. This novel focuses upon the early life of the Gothic prince, Beowulf Wagmunding, Earl of Slane, and his cousin Athelstan of Karron Tha, also known as Hawkeye. According to Beowulf's half-sister, the mystic Ljani the Red, Beowulf is a reincarnation of the mightiest of all Gothic kings, Bjorn Longspear, the Prince of the Lake. Ljani is convinced her half brother is destined for a glorious future. But to others this seems unlikely. Beowulf is a foolish, dreamy youth, scion of a family who are notorious for double-dealing. He is the son of a murderer and a whore. But then Beowulf is called upon to undertake a perilous journey; it will make or break him. He faces the dangers of outlaws, monsters and shipwreck before his greatest test of all: battle against the Hellian warriors of the demoniacal Ragnar of Torre, a Son of Muspelheim. Nor are Beowulf's adversaries confined to the forces of evil; ultimately, destiny plays him a cruel trick by pitting him in battle against his kinsman and greatest friend, Hawkeye of Karron Tha. From humble, even ignominious beginnings, Beowulf rose to become the greatest of all Gothic warriors, whose name to this day remains synonymous with epic legend and the eternal conflict between good and evil. Prince of the Lake brings this legend to life.
Used availability for Roger Butters's Prince of the Lake
January 2004 : UK Hardback