Wednesday, September 14, 2016

A Realistic Tale of Knights, Queens, Wizards, and Norse Invaders

Ten years after Arthur's death, Sir Percival, the last surviving knight of the Round Table, returns from his quest for the grail. He is accompanied by Capussa, who he befriended when they were captive gladiators. As they travel through Albion, Percival is saddened by the devastation. The Norse raiders have plundered and killed leaving the people without resources, terrified, and hungry.

Queen Guinevere escaped to a remote castle. She is served by a remnant of her former staff, badgered by the Bishop, and wishing she could do something to ease the plight of her people. Although he is hoping for peace, Percival decides to take on one more quest to find Guinevere and free Albion. To do this he will have to fight, not only the Norse invaders, but the evil Morgana.

This is a beautifully told story of Percival's return to Britain. The characters are true to the original legend, but fleshed out into believable people. The setting is not the magical kingdom so often used as a background for the Arthur legends, but instead, a historically accurate depiction of Britain under the thrall of the Norse invaders.

I enjoyed this book recommend it to anyone who loves the Arthur legends.

I received this book from Net Galley for this review.