Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Colour:
Image not available

 
Tell the Publisher!
Id like to read this book on Kindle

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

Grail Prince - A Novel Of Galahad, Son Of Lancelot [Hardcover]

5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

Available from these sellers.


Formats

Amazon Price New from Used from
Hardcover --  
Paperback --  

Product details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Del Rey/Ballantine (1 Jan 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739431781
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739431788
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.2 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

Sell a Digital Version of This Book in the Kindle Store

If you are a publisher or author and hold the digital rights to a book, you can sell a digital version of it in our Kindle Store. Learn more

Customer Reviews

4 star
0
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
5.0 out of 5 stars
5.0 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fascinating New Perspective on Galahad! 29 Jun 2003
Format:Paperback
This is the tale of Galahad, son of Lancelot. In the beginning, Galahad, poisoned iin mind against Lancelot, learns to hate his father. His mother Elaine, with the help from a "priest," Aidan, work together successfully to turn Galahad against him. While Elaine has her own reasons, some of them her own fault, for hating Lancelot, she enlists Aidan in her plans to shame him, not knowing that he has his own reasons for revenge.
From all of this, Galahad has learned to despise his father and desires to avenge himself on Lancelot for the perceived cruelness imposed on his mother over the years. He finally breaks free to go to Camelot to serve Arthur, the High King, but peace eludes him there also. Eventually, he learns that all he was taught by his mother and Aidan was false and he then turns his mind against women, judging them all to be liars and the weaker of the sexes. He also continues to hate his father but after awhile of gradual maturing comes to understand Lancelot but finds it difficult to forgive him until he himself commits the same mistakes as his father.
He goes on a quest for Arthur to find the treasures that will heal Britain and once again make her invincible to invaders. For awhile, he travels with his cousin Percival who worships him as a hero figure. Galahad's pompous, aloof behavior changes when he meets Dane, the twin sister of Percival.
Things then begin to change his preconceived ideas and he learns to eventually love and to quest for something more tangible and earthly to bring him peace of mind. The novel switches back and forth between Galahad's past and present life and shows how he matures in mind and body over the years.
This is a real page turning yarn that will delight and enthrall any follower of Arthurian Literature.
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Misfit TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
The battle of Camlann is over, Arthur is dead and Britain is shattered into pieces once again. Guinevere has retired to a nunnery and a heart-broken Lancelot returns to his Kingdom across the sea. Lancelot's young son Galahad was charged by Arthur to find the buried treasures that can reunite Britain once again and is joined by his twelve-year-old cousin Percival, now King of Gwynedd upon his father's death (although his uncle rules as regent). The lads are soon following the clues and legends of the hill men, the *ancient ones*, hoping to find the grail and spear of Macsen Wledig that can reunite Britain and make it whole again.

"If I cannot love my fellow-men, however dirty their hands, how can I love the God who made them?"

The book then backtracks to Galahad's childhood, when he was raised to hate his father and Queen Guinevere (see more of Elen's story in the first book, Queen of Camelot), by an embittered mother and a vicious priest with an agenda of his own. Lancelet eventually brings Galahad to Camelot to train for his knighthood and his hatred of Guinevere continues to grow and spreads to a disdain for all women, especially those who have been *cheapened* by unclean acts - including rape. The third part of the book backtracks to events leading up to the Battle of Camlann covered in the previous book in the series, albeit this time from Galahad's viewpoint.

The latter part of the book continues as Britain is rudderless upon the death of Arthur and the Saxon threat continues to grow. The wheel of fortune spins around once more and Galahad finds himself committing the very sin in the flesh that he has so loathed his father for desiring only in his heart, and in doing so dishonors his greatest friend and ally.
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Format:Paperback
I think that Nancy McKenzie is the best modern day novelist of Arthurian legend.
I thought Queen of Camelot was fantastic, and Grail Prince is just as wonderful, in this rich, intoxicating page turner.
This one takes up the narrative of Galahad, son of Lancelot King of Lanescol, who Arthur has chosen to find the Holy Grail, and the the redeeming spear and sword as the only way that Britain can be saved.
Galahad is absorbed by his hatred of his father who he believes to have cruelly treated his mother Elaine. He bears a hatred of Guinevere, who he see's as a wanton seducer and enchantress. His bitterness against his father and Guinevere have been planted by Elaine and the evil priest Aidan, who, unknown to Elaine, aims to destroy Lancelot and his family.

His quest is covered in various books with a shifting timeline, beginning with his journeys with his best friend Percival , Prince of Gwynedd and shifts to Galahad's childhood.
Later we follow his journey filled with people he meets and learns from, and his quest helps him to learn the truth, and see through his misguided contempt of women, lack of a merciful heart and bitterness, as well as to reunite him with his beloved Dandrane, who he has cruelly betrayed. Galahad slowly sees what his father has experienced, as well as the truth about Guinevere.
An enthralling page turner, focused much human nature and relationships, although the struggle against the invasion of Britain by the Saxons is also a part of the richly descriptive tapestry. Galahad's standard is described as the red cross on a white shield like the cross of St George. Filled with exciting characters and thrilling twists and turns,events and action. It is a fantastic read, which you genuinely will find hard to put down.
I am looking forward to reading Mc Kenzie's Prince of Dreams.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars  14 reviews
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fascinating New Perspective on Galahad! 29 Jun 2003
By Kimberly Gelderman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is the tale of Galahad, son of Lancelot. In the beginning, Galahad, poisoned in mind against Lancelot, learns to hate his father. His mother Elaine, with the help from a "priest" Aidan, work together successfully to turn Galahad against him. While Elaine has her own reasons, some of them her own fault, for hating Lancelot, she enlists Aidan in her plans to shame him, not knowing that he has his own reasons for revenge.

From all of this, Galahd has learned to despise his father and desires to avenge himself on Lancelot for the perceived cruelness imposed on his mother over the years. He finally breaks free to go to Camelot to serve Arthur, the High King, but peace eludes him there also. Eventually, he learns that all he was taught by his mother and Aidan was false and he then turns his mind against women, judging them all to be liars and the weaker of the sexes. He also continues to hate his father but after awhile of gradual maturing he comes to understand Lancelot but finds it difficult to forgive him until he himself commits the same mistakes as his father did.
He goes on a quest for Arthur to find the treasures that will heal Britain and once again make her invincible to invaders. For awhile, he travels with his cousin Percival who worships him as a hero figure. Galahad's pompous, aloof behavior changes when he meets Dane, the twin sister of Percival.
Things then begin to change his preconceived ideas and he learns to eventually love and to quest for something more tangible and earthly to bring him peace of mind. The novel switches back and forth between Galahad's past and his present life and shows how he matures in mind and body over the years.
This is a real page turning yarn that will delight and enthrall any follower of Arthurian Literature. I thought this would be a boring saga of the saintly character Galahad, but was pleasantly surprised to find it anything but. Galahad is portrayed as a man struggling with what he has always been taught to believe is right and what the true reality really is. A totally believable human being is showcased here with faults of his own that he must learn to conquer in order to find true happiness. Read it, you will not be disappointed!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars will enchant the Camelot crowd 18 Jan 2003
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Galahad, the oldest son of Lancelot knows his father loves King Arthur's spouse Queen Guenivevre. Galahad also realizes that his weak mother despises her husband, but does nothing except rant to her children. Still he loathes his sire for giving his heart to the wrong person. He concludes that women are feeble and deceitful and vows to avoid all females, preferring abstinence to a woman's wiles.
When Arthur nears death following the battle of Canlann against his own son, he asks Galahad to fulfill a quest. He wants Galahad to unite Excalibur with the Grail and the Spear so that his beloved Britain will never be invaded. Galahad travels forever seeking the answers to what Arthur laid on him. If he learns how to love, he would find the treasures are near, but the truth is even the woman who apparently is his destiny cannot seem to reach his heart.
Mostly through Galahad's eyes, this fantasy is a strong look at Camelot after King Arthur's death. The story line is action-packed, but is more of a character study than the usual genre novel. Readers see inside into the soul of Lancelot paying the piper for his heroism and sacrifice. However, this is Galahad's tale as he struggles to overcome the lessons of his childhood that focused on his mother's hatred of his father for his unrequited love and subsequent family neglect. Arthur is more of a father to the troubled lad. The GRAIL PRINCE will enchant the Camelot crowd who will demand that this Yankee author provide more tales in King Arthur's Court.
Harriet Klausner
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Passionate and insightful writing 16 Feb 2003
By Wes Williamson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
GRAIL PRINCE is undoubtedly one of the best Arthurian novels I have ever read. What sets McKenzie's writing apart is her sincere appreciation for the human struggle for goodness and meaning. While many books in the Arthurian genre concentrate too much on battle descriptions or cartoon-like magical elements, McKenzie spends her time plumbing the depths of the human heart. She escorts us into the souls of Galahad, Lancelot, Arthur, and Guinevere, and we sense that their passions and struggles are our own. We learn through them what it truly means to be good and holy. There were quite a few moments in the last few chapters that brought me to tears, so be sure to have some tissues handy. Anyone looking for great Arthurian literature that deeply touches that heart and mind as well as entertains, should look no further than Nancy McKenzie.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A journey of self-discovery 26 Dec 2005
By Carla Lilie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book follows the life of Galahad, Lancelot's son, from early childhood until he is an adult. Galahad is on a quest to secure three relics for Britain, a grail, a spear, and a sword. If he does, Britain will be forever invincible. In the beginning of the book, Galahad is intolerant, self-righteous, misogynistic and lacking in compassion. Through flashbacks to his childhood, the author allows us to understand why he became this way. Although there are battles, this book is less an adventure story than it is the story of one man's transformation. By slow degrees, Galahad comes to a better understanding of the world and especially of his father, Lancelot. He is finally able to be the great knight he had already believed he was. Nancy McKenzie does an excellent job portraying this transformation and making it real and believable for the reader. If you are looking for bloody battles, you may be disappointed, but if you like Arthurian legend and enjoy a well-written story with complex characters, give this a try.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another wonderful Arthurian retelling by Ms. McKenzie! 15 Mar 2006
By CoffeeGurl - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Having read and loved Queen of Camelot, I had to give this new part of the Grail series a whirl. Nancy McKenzie throws a very interesting spin on the King Arthur tale using its secondary characters and creating a new tale for them. This time it is Galahad, son of Lancelot, and he tries to do what Arthur asks of him just before he dies. Galahad grows up hating Lancelot. His mother, Elaine, does whatever is possible to turn him against his father and succeeds when she sees that Galahad wants nothing to do with Lancelot. When he discovers that his mother has told him lies, he decides he hates women and goes to live with Peredur, Percival's cousin, where he meets a woman who challenges his prejudice against the fairer sex. But all Galahad wants to do is find the items that will save Britain: Arthur's sword as well as the Grail and Spear. He has no idea where those items are, but he won't stop his search. There are various twists throughout the novel.

Phew! It's not easy writing a quick summary of a 500-something worth of (small print) pages with more twists and turns than a steep mountain. McKenzie has created another enthralling installment that will keep you turning those pages until the wee hours of the night because you'll want to know how Galahad resolves his issues. McKenzie creates a flesh and blood man with a great deal of depth and conflicting emotions. His relationship with Lancelot here is very interesting because he has years of pent-up anger toward him because of his mother's manipulations. As for the hating women part, the whole misogynist thing has been done quite a lot in Medieval (or in this case, more like fantasy) literature and I feel that his reaction toward women is kind of over the top, especially since Aidan, a so-called priest, also takes part in bad-mouthing Lancelot. Perhaps the author wanted to add some conflict when Galahad meets Dane, but I still think that this storyline is kind of overdone. Also, though it is important to understand Galahad's relationship with Arthur, the recount of the battle of Camlann is too long-winded. There are details that, in my opinion, should have been omitted because it makes no advancement in the story. The Arthurian characters are given a quite a unique perspective in this retelling and I enjoyed them very much. The Grail Prince isn't as great as Queen of Camelot (Guinevere's story), but it is still wonderful, better than most retellings I've read. I recommend this most highly, but not before you read Queen of Camelot.
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions
   


Look for similar items by category


Feedback