Reviews for Gods in the Mist


I recently won this book in a Goodreads giveaway and I couldn't be happier. Since I was a child, I have always been fascinated with the story of King Arthur and his knights of the Round Table. I believe that Renzulli took those characters and portrayed them very well in his writing. Gawain certainly came to life on the paper and I loved how the author could tell two stories and still keep the overall plot going smoothly. I'm quite impressed and will be looking forward to reading more of Renzulli's work!

-Sarah on Goodreads

I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway, but this by no means influences my thoughts on the book!

First off I love anything Arthurian so when I saw that there was a giveaway for this book I had to enter it. I haven't read many things Arthurian that surrounding Gawain so this was new for me. I loved how Gawain goes on a journey to rediscover himself after confronting the underworld. [...] Overall I highly enjoyed this book, the author was very historically accurate and his writing style was great!

-Claire on Goodreads

I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway, Thank You!

That in no way effects my review of this book. 

Never before have I seen the story of Arthur and Merlin written like this. Captivating, this story is a retake of the tale we all know; With Morgan Le Fay, Lancelot, Agravain, Vortigern, and Sir Gawain. 

Incorporating this amazing tale into one book, is no easy task but Virgil Renzulli has done it beautifully.

-Anna on Goodreads

Just finished reading "Gods In The Mist" by Virgil Renzulli, third in a series about the Arthurian legend. This novel has a different spin on the pagan knight, Gawain, which I enjoyed immensely. Gawain receives an intact Buffalo hide from a Shaman, when traveling with the Norse.

I received this book from the Goodreads Giveaway in return for an honest review.
A great read! Four Stars!

-Judy on Goodreads

Catching Up with Virgil Renzulli: 

ASU Magazine talks to Virgil Renzulli about his novel and the craft of writing.

by Marshall Terrill

Last April, Virgil Renzulli completed a 12-year tenure as Arizona State University's Public Affairs Chief, ending a decades-long career in journalism and communication. Renzulli is currently a professor of practice at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where he teaches a 400-level strategic communication class to seniors and graduate students. In 2013 he began work on a trilogy of books, the first of which will be released next month. 

Renzulli, who helped ASU President Michael Crow roll out the concept of the “New American University” throughout the world, hopes to bring the same awareness to his book, Caliburn: Merlin’s Tale (Bagwyn Books, Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2015).

The 263-page novel, which reimagines the legend of King Arthur, takes readers on a journey and describes how the young Arthur is unwilling to accept the life destiny has ordained for him with disastrous consequences. Renzulli plans on promoting Caliburn at book fairs and local and national events. He will debut Caliburn at the Arizona Renaissance Festival, which runs Feb. 7-March 29 in Apache Junction.  

Q: It's been said the only way to do something new with an old story is to turn the concept on its head. Is this what you’re doing with, Caliburn: Merlin's Tale

A: Yes, but not just for the sake of doing it. With “Caliburn,” I wanted to write about destiny. I’ve always been fascinated...

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Who was King Arthur?

The legend of King Arthur and the wizard Merlin is among the most enduring stories in Western Civilization. It has lasted a millennium and half, and during that span, the story has grown and evolved, and even been deliberately distorted by monks during the early Christian era. 

It has been appropriated by writers such as Thomas Malory, Le Morte d’ Arthur (15th Century), Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (19th Century), T. H. White, The Once and Future King (20th century) and Marion Zimmer Bradley, The Mists of Avalon (20th century).

It’s been the subject of many movies and television shows as well as a Broadway musical, Lerner and Loewe’s Camelot.

Why is the story so enduring?  Why does it touch us so deeply?

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1,500 Years Later, a New Chapter in the Life of King Arthur

Caliburn: Merlin’s Tale Published by Bagwyn Books

PHOENIX (March 1, 2015) – The legend of King Arthur has endured for 1,500 years.  During that span it has grown and morphed, even been deliberately distorted by early monks. Camelot, the Knights of the Roundtable and Lancelot were added to the original stories by 12th century French writers, and Guinevere’s infidelity was first with Mordred rather than Lancelot.

In Caliburn: Merlin’s Tale, (Bagwyn Books, 2015) author Virgil Renzulli adds a new chapter to Arthur’s life. The story describes how the young Arthur is unwilling or an unable to accept the life destiny has ordained for him and with disastrous consequences.  The book begins with two stranded hunters encountering a specter-like creature in an abandoned castle who offers to tell them what really happened that fateful day when Arthur pulled the sword from the stone. From there a completely different story unfolds with more than a few unexpected turns.

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