Book One of The Unbroken Circle
In the city of Atlanta, an eccentric university professor introduces three young men to the Secret History of the World, and a search for an ancient treasure begins. Meanwhile, a grad student and novice priestess of an ancient Celtic Goddess religion has dreams of forgotten rituals and a coming apocalypse. As she undergoes an initiation ceremony, two ancient conspiracies prepare for a final conflict. And as two young people find love, a bitter rivalry is reborn.
Riots rock the world. A few select people experience the unexpected return of “lost” memories from a long ago life and feel an irresistible urge to gather, while others prepare for war. It is humanity’s darkest hour. In the day of our greatest need, King Arthur, Queen Gwenhwyfar, Morgan le Fay, and the Knights of the Round Table have returned as promised. But shadows from the past may destroy them before the last desperate battle even begins.
The Widening Gyre envisions a dangerous future that is all too believable. In fact, many of the events predicted in the book have already started to come to pass. More than a warning, The Widening Gyre offers a glimmer of hope for our own darkest hours.
So why am I doing this?
Well, I’ve always felt the Arthurian Legends are incomplete. There’s the prophecy that he’ll return some day, of course… but it’s more than that. See, the whole time Arthur is sending his Knights out to quest for the Holy Grail (this very powerful feminine artifact/archetype). Morgan Le Fay, his sister and shadow-self, is trying to steal the sword Excalibur (this very primal masculine artifact/archetype… get it?). They’re both searching for that which is missing in themselves.
The reason everyone fails in the end is because no one is able to use these two powerful symbols together. Camelot falls. Now, the characters must deal with issues of the past, for a grave danger awaits them in the modern age. For more about these ideas, please see my Jung Society articles on fantasy and myth and the Sword and the Grail archetypes.
If you’re one of the many people who written asking me when this monster (340,000 words) will be published, it’ll be published in 2026 by The Story Plant and Gramarye Media. I’ll have an announcement here very soon. Please drop me a note if you’d like to be notified or follow me on Twitter.
The story continues in Winter Kept Us Warm and What the Thunder Said, and concludes in The Last Light Flickers.
The title comes from the poem The Second Coming by William Butler Yeats.