The Silurian, Book 2: The King of Battles
ACTION ADVENTURE EPIC WAR HISTORICAL FICTION OTHER
THE KING OF BATTLES AN INVINCIBLE COMMANDER ARISES Arthur is now Supreme Commander of Armies in Britannia and just about to begin his annihilating South Saxon campaign, leading his army, now known as the Clan Bear, into the south coast where the Saxons have made inroads into British territory.
The King of Battles opens with the young Arthur leading his warriors into his first great campaign against the South Saxons. On this campaign, Arthur and his army destroy the Saxons in battle after battle; a ruthless campaign of fire and superior tactics.
The King of Battles ends with a challenge from Medraut to Prince Bedwyr, the story's narrator, to return to his homeland and face down a new warlord on the rise: Owen White-tooth, and Owen's powerful brother, known as the Longhand. Bedwyr takes up the challenge and his life is changed forever.
Post-Roman Britain, 5th century AD
Based on a True Story
Plot - Premise
Overcoming Monster/Villain,Internal Journey/Rebirth,Quest
Plot - Other Elements
Coming of Age
Mature Audience Themes
Main Character Details
Name: Prince Bedwyr, the Fox
Key Traits: Adventurous,Badass,Aggressive,Charming,Complex,Heroic,Lone Wolf,Unapologetic,Strong Moral Code,Underdog,Skillful,Outspoken
Additional Character Details
Name: Arthur, the Silurian, called the Bear
Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Badass,Charming,Complex,Confident,Sexy,Patriotic,Decisive,Selfless,Outspoken,Engaging,Faithful,Skillful,Flexible,Visionary,Heroic,Sophisticated,Honorable,Strong Moral Code,Leader
Additional Character Details
Name: Medraut ap Lot, nephew of Uthyr Pendragon, Arthur's first cousin
Key Traits: Villainous,Underdog,Aggressive,Complex,Crazy,Blunt,Power Hungry,Desperate,Outspoken,Sarcastic,Secretive,Seductive,Manipulative,Unapologetic
Additional Character Details
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'The King of Battles' is an entirely original interpretation of the King Arthur legend that encompasses the entire lives of Arthur and his greatest friend and champion, Prince Bedwyr, the Fox: war, love, deep friendship, ultimate power and loss, all set on a single campaign into the strongholds of the South Saxons, who threaten the Britons and their way of life. The King of Battles takes Arthur into the heart of his brilliant war-craft to claim the very beginnings of his rise to legendary status, and become the Magister Militum: The King of Battles.
ACTION, WAR, POLITICS, DRAMA
King Arthur fights the Saxons with Prince Bedwyr by his side. The two warriors’ lives are intertwined in a complicated “bromance” that crosses political and sexual lines. They fight for their country and struggle to create their own identity outside of their destined lineage. Arthur is to marry and become King, but doesn't want to lose Bedwyr who cannot stay by his side without losing his own people. They must pick between their duties and their passions.
Authors Writing Style: FAIR
Franchise Potential: GOOD
Accuracy of Book Profile
Yes the story is about a complicated friendship between Prince Bedwyr and King Arthur right as he ascends into power and they must fight the invading Saxons.
Draw of Story
The complicated friendship between Bedwyr and Arthur sets up a dilemma of duty versus desire which is well-balanced and fresh.
The trajectory of where the battles are leading for the first half of the book is unclear. The Saxons clearly have the Britons under siege but there is no escalation or clear attack plan. By creating a rising action of the stakes of the battle increasing, the audience may be equally invested in the politics aside from the love story. Similarly in order to make Arthur and Bedwyr's relationship complicated, many romantic interests are thrust before them, but most of the characters lead to nowhere. By focusing more on meaningful character interactions and motives for relationships, the stakes of the male's relationship will become deeper and riskier.
Use of Special Effects
THE STORY RELIES A LITTLE BIT ON SPECIAL EFFECTS
Primary Hook of Story
The hook is the new take on King Arthur and his knight Prince Bedwyr's relationship. Where most of Arthur's romantic drama is canonically between his wife and Sir Lancelot, to have Arthur involved with one of his lesser known knights is refreshing and adds to the legend. The dilemma in the two men's relationship in that they have duties to carry out, but don't want to be apart is also well done thematically.
Historical period pieces about Ancient Britain are few and far between. The usual action crowd doesn't tend to also match as the same audience as the LGBTQ romantic drama crowd, so either the fans would be divided or slightly larger because of the genre crossover, but still at a medium level.
This could potentially have awards potential if it goes in the direction of Brokeback Mountain, but if it’s more like Braveheart, it might not. The depth of the two leads' relationship is an eye-catching factor especially for a story about royalty and a famous legend.
Similar Films/TV Series
BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN, KING ARTHUR, BOUDICA, BRAVEHEART, EXCALIBUR, MERLIN (TV),
What’s New About the Story
The originality of the story pertains to the motives behind the love triangle between Prince Bedwyr, King Arthur and Morganna. All of which partly involve their powers and also are conflicted because of their power, which creates duty. To make it more unique by streamlining the other romantic interests to a meaningful few will help deepen the triangle by giving it more room to develop.
The lead character of Prince Bedwyr is a lesser known Knight so he is a blank canvas that has the relatable problem of asserting his own identity after losing himself in love, all while healing from the psychological wounds of battle. His friendship with Arthur crosses lines as any good friendship does. Bedwyr struggles with what he knows is good for him even if it means losing the man he loves most. And despite all of his feelings he's trying to process, Bedwyr is also a fierce warrior.
Uniqueness of Story
This could be a rare gem if it focuses more on creating a clear game plan of escalation between the Saxon invasion, Morganna as a threat, Arthur's power timeline and the rise and fall of Bedwyr's relationship. When these are easier to follow the increasing stakes will create tension essential for internal and external conflict.
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WORK IN PROGRESS
While the story has many positive points, it has room for improvement (see possible paths below). If you can't change the story at this point, my suggestion is using your notes as a guide to highlight the best aspects of it when taking the next steps, either putting a pitch page together, a treatment, or a presentation.
Tips for Improvement
Creating clear levels of escalation within the battle plan and the relationships will help build tension both internally and externally. This will allow for a more dynamic but centered cast while also heightening the emotional payoff. When there is too much action back to back and fluid side characters who have no lasting consequence, it is hard to form an attachment or understand the stakes of the scenario.