Discover the REAL Arthurian legend

The Swithen is a book series that brings the actual Medieval legend of King Arthur to life for modern readers.

We all think we know the story of King Arthur, but we don’t. The movies and books we see are watered down and changed from the original legend, which is too long, intertwined—and just plain weird—to make for a blockbuster movie or even hit series.

The Swithen lets you discover the ACTUAL legend of King Arthur in compelling, modern novels… maintaining strict fidelity to the original tales (written 1136-1485) but adding in the psychology and character development missing from the Middle English originals.

The challenge author Scott Telek has set for himself is to invent character psychologies and narrative connecting tissue that slots seamlessly into the existing legends without changing them. 

“Really enjoyed books 1,2 and 3. Couldn’t put it down. It is written so well you become part of the story. Loved it. Bring on the next 20 odd books. Can’t wait!”
—Amazon review

“My favorite Arthurian series”
—Leverett Butts, Author, “Guns of the Waste Land”

Unlike almost all other fantasy book series, there is no making it up as we go along. This entire, devastating epic is laid out, right to the end, right now.

Lose yourself in a world of kings and queens, wizards and magic, battles, romance, castles, battles and dragons… and a powerfully moving saga of love, power, ambition and treachery. Get to know the most legendary characters of all time and find out why this story has endured for over a thousand years.

“Brings me into the medieval world as other versions of the Arthurian legend haven’t.”
—Starborne, Amazon review

“Too often, Arthurian characters become stick figures in modern retellings, but that is far from the case here… I only wished it was longer.”
                                                       —Tyler Tichelaar, Author of the “Children of Arthur” series


Book 1: Our Man on Earth

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One woman’s strength sets the entire Arthurian legend in motion
In the original legend, Merlin’s mother never even receives a name, and vanishes once her famous son leaves her. This novel gives Meylinde her rightful place as the woman whose strength and wisdom lays the basis for the entire Arthurian legend.

The devil wants a man of his own on Earth to tempt people into sin. He chooses Meylinde, killing her family one by one until he impregnates her. But he didn’t count on her strength and fortitude. She finds a way for her son—Merlin—to retain the devil’s powers but use them for good. But at that time, an illegitimate child means burning at the stake. Can Meylinde’s baby—who can talk and has been born with all the world’s knowledge—save his mother from certain death?

Horror and paranormal chills give way to magic, wonder and surprising tenderness in this this unusual and moving tale of how very far a mother will go for her child. Such a tribute to motherhood that the author dedicated the novel to his own mother.

“I don’t want to say much more because it will spoil the plot. But what I do want to say is how very powerful the end of the novel is. The conversations between [Merlin] and his mother on [his moral character] are the culmination of the book and bring the story to a powerful close.”
—Tyler Tichelaar, Author,  “Children of Arthur”

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Book 2: The Sons of Constance

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Merlin works through three successive kings while placing the pieces in place that will result in the birth of Arthur…

The first king is a tyrant. The second king doesn’t have long to live. The third king is way out of his depth. And Merlin rules them all…

At seven years old, Merlin leaves his mother’s home and takes to his familiar role as adviser to kings. He will counsel tyrant King Vortiger, witness a monumental fight between two dragons, then move to the side of Pendragon and Uther, the sons of Constance, as they overthrow Vortiger and take back the country for the British. The brothers find that Merlin offers them advantages they could never otherwise have—but soon have to wonder who is really in control… and whether they are mere pawns to Merlin, who will let no one stand in the way of his plan to shape the destiny of Britain.

“The second novel is even better than the first… [Telek’s] use of psychological realism in this book is exquisite.”
—Leverett Butts, Author, “Guns of the Waste Land”

Suffused with abundant magic, epic battles, macabre mysteries, supernatural events—and fun—this psychological adventure expands the epic scope of the story exponentially while setting the stage for the birth of Arthur—and shows why we began our story a generation before his birth.

“If you weren’t fascinated by how Telek depicted Merlin in the first novel, I guarantee you will be here… although the depiction of the three kings who precede Arthur are, in my opinion, Telek’s triumph… Telek has created the most real and sympathetic version of Vortigern to date.”
Tyler Tichelaar, Author of the “Children of Arthur” series

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Book 3: The Void Place

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Merlin destroys two lives to create one. But that one is… King Arthur.
The main character of our series is finally born.
King Uther loses himself in obsession over Igraine, the wife of one of his most loyal liegemen. He makes war in order to possess her, a war that threatens to tear apart his kingdom. From their union, Arthur will be born, and a sword lodged in a stone will appear in a churchyard in the city of Logres, unable to be drawn by any but the rightful ruler of Britain.

Unquestionably the darkest chapter of the Arthurian legend, this retelling draws out the issues of gender, harassment and sexual assault to be examined in the #metoo era, without changing the reality of the story’s shocking elements.

“With the number of well-drawn women throughout, The Void Place gains an almost feminist feeling.”
—H. Williams, Amazon review

In this novel we also start to meet some of the characters that will be with us throughout the rest of the series. We meet a young Morgan Le Fay and her sister Margause, and see why they vow to avenge their mother by destroying King Arthur in the decades to come. Ulfius, Uther’s best friend who will go on to train and fight alongside Arthur. King Lot, who will make war on Arthur. Sir and Lady Ector, Arthur’s adoptive parents, and Kay, his adoptive brother, who will be at Arthur’s side all the way up to his death.

By turns shocking and heartbreaking, this installment sets up the conflicts and characters that will reverberate throughout the remainder of the entire series.

“If you make it through this book, you’ll be hooked for the series. It leaves you in a spot where the story is poised to explode, which gives the exciting feeling that as gripping as this series has been, it’s just getting started.”
—Judy K. Jolliffe, Amazon review

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Book 4: The Flower of Chivalry

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Now Available!

No one knows who Arthur is… least of all himself.
Through his idyllic childhood in the forests that surround his home, the future King Arthur learns to protect and care for a friend that is shunned by all others, finally leading him on a dangerous unaccompanied journey that he handles with ease. Emboldened by his success, Arthur drifts into overconfidence, and makes a disastrous mistake that threatens to end his adventures—and his life—before they’ve even begun.

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Author Interview about Book 4

The First Trilogy: Books 1-3 plus bonus material


Go from the birth of Merlin up to the birth of Arthur with the first three novels available as one low-priced Kindle eBook (the free Kindle app makes this readable on any device).

“I’m still in the first volume, but I wish I could find more time to read! This is absolutely engrossing! It brings me into the medieval world as other versions of the Arthurian legend haven’t.”
—Starborne, Amazon review

“If the rest of them are as enjoyable as the three that I have been fortunate enough to read thus far, it should be quite an impressive series. I look forward to seeing where it goes from here as each successive book does seem to improve on what has gone before.”
—MomKatReads, Amazon review

Each book includes bonus material:

  • An author interview giving insight into that book
  • A breakdown of which elements are from the legend and which were created for the novel

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The Future of The Swithen

The entire story of The Swithen is planned out now. Unlike any other epic fantasy series, there will be No Making It Up As We Go Along.

Book 5:
Arthur is put into training until he is coroneted as king. In progress now.
Book 6:
Arthur must wage war on those who dispute the reign of a teenage king, and receives Excalibur.
Book 7: 
Arthur forms the Knights of the Round Table, meets Guinevere and begins constructing Camelot.
Book 8: 
Arthur marries Guinevere and his knights depart on three mystic adventures.
Book 9: 
The childhood of Lancelot in the Lady of the Lake’s hidden matriarchal society.
Book 10:
The adventures of Balin le Savage and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.
Book 11: 
Morgan Le Fay makes a daring attempt to destroy Arthur and claim his throne.
Book 12:
Lancelot joins King Arthur’s court and embarks on the adventure of the Dolorous Guard.
Book 13:
Lancelot is torn between love for Guinevere, King Arthur’s wife, and fellow warrior Galehaut, the Lord of the Distant Isles.
Book 14:
A mysterious new knight, Beaumains, is entrusted with a crucial adventure.
Book 15:
Lancelot becomes ensnared in an affair that results in the birth of Galahad.
Book 16:
Lancelot wanders insane as Gawain searches to bring him back and heal the court.
Book 17:
Over the course of one day, mysterious adventures unfold and the quest for the Holy Grail is enjoined.
Book 18:
The knights depart to seek the Holy Grail while Arthur and Guinevere’s marriage is in ruins.
Book 19:
The knights encounter death, destruction and despair as they seek the Holy Grail.
Book 20:
The few remaining knights stumble back to Camelot as three knights encounter the Grail.
Book 21:
Lancelot is drawn into a relationship that leaves Guinevere furious, and another woman dead.
Book 22:
When Guinevere is kidnapped, Lancelot departs to save her while Arthur’s jealous rage grows.
Book 23: 
When Guinevere’s affair is finally exposed, the kingdom collapses and the aged Arthur goes to war.
Book 24: 
The distraction of the war allows Arthur’s bastard son Mordred to launch a hostile takeover.
Book 25:
The death of Arthur.



2 Comments on “Discover the REAL Arthurian legend

  1. I’m impressed and amazed by the ambition of your Arthurian project, I wish you the best of luck and hope the writing experience is a satisfying one. Taking a cursory look at the cover-synopsis’s, this looks like you’re anchoring yourself with Malory and the Vulgate/post-Vulgate…and possibly some of the other sources around that time as well…(Chretien de Troyes? Robert de Boron? The Alliterative Mort Arture?) It looks like your amalgamating material, like Malory, but expanding rather than condensing. Anyway, all the best to you and your series. –Kris


    • Thanks so much, Kristan. Yes, I am amalgamating material (like Malory–I hope!) and am mostly focused in the Vulgate/Post-Vulgate but definitely bringing in the best of other sources like Chretien, Wace, etc.) And yes, I am expanding, because even the Vulgate moves quickly without much psychology or real sense of what the events mean to the characters. I also hope to bring more cohesion to the story and make the relationships more clear so we can understand their implications. It is a very satisfying writing experience, because I find the tales full of existential questions that dovetail well with my own interests. Thanks so much for your interest and comment.


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