The 5th Century A.D. The Dark Age.

Abandoned by the Romans, facing slaughter by raiding Picts and Saxons, Britain stands on the brink of catastrophe. Only one man can save the nation: VORTIGERN.

His adopted name means High King, but he is an outsider from the far west, despised by the establishment and opposed by jealous rivals who will block his path to power. Vortigern’s greatest ally is young warrior Kerin Brightspear, famed for his quick wits and fighting skills.

Kerin is bound by oath and love to Vortigern, who saved him from death as an abandoned child and raised him with his own sons. He yearns to prove his worth to the man he idolises, but time is running out. Beyond the borders, enemies are growing stronger by the day. Can Kerin seize the chance to repay his debt as Vortigern bids to become all that his name proclaims: lord of the Britons, the High King?


The Foundling is a short story about the savage winter’s night, many years earlier, when Vortigern saved the infant Kerin from certain death. Get it as a free, no-obligation download when you join the High King Readers Club.


Vortigern and his armies raise the dragon standard and march for Hadrian’s Wall, to confront the invaders in the North. But the High King has more than one battle to face. The rift with his oldest son deepens as Vortigern employs Saxon mercenary captain Hengist and his band of pagan adventurers. Treacherous allies plot the king’s downfall, led by old adversary Eldof of Glevum. Kerin, now known as ‘the king’s right arm’, cannot forsake his love for Gael, daughter of his nemesis, Eldof’s kinsman Bertil Redknife. Torn between loyalty to Vortigern and the woman he loves, he stands to lose everything as Gael’s family make their play for power. But something else is about to happen – an event which will rock the foundations of Kerin’s life, and even make him question whose side he is on, as the kingdom slides towards civil war.

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