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King Maker (The Knights of Breton Court, Book 1) Paperback – 4 Mar 2010

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Angry Robot (4 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007343310
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007343317
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.7 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,752,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Maurice Broaddus is an exotic dancer, trained in several forms of martial arts--often referred to as "the ghetto ninja"--and was voted the Indianapolis Dalai Lama. He's an award winning haberdasher and coined the word "acerbic". He graduated college at age 14 and high school at age 16. Not only is he credited with inventing the question mark, he unsuccessfully tried to launch a new number between seven and eight.

When not editing or writing, he is a champion curler and often impersonates Jack Bauer, but only in a French accent. He raises free range jackalopes with his wife and two sons ... when they are not solving murder mysteries.

The way he sees is, as a fiction writer, he's a professional liar. His dark fiction has been published in numerous magazines, anthologies, and web sites, most recently including Dark Dreams II&III, Apex Magazine, Black Static, and Weird Tales Magazine. He has two novellas, Orgy of Souls (co-written with Wrath James White, Apex Books) and Devil's Marionette (Shroud Books), and edited the anthology Dark Faith (with Jerry L. Gordon, Apex Books). His novel series, The Knights of Breton Court (Angry Robot/HarperCollins UK) debuts in 2010. Visit his site so he can bore you with details of all things him at

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"There are fewer greater pleasures in a reader's life than witnessing a writer whose work they have enjoyed reached a new plateau in their storytelling skills, and such is the case here... Broaddus delivers in a voice that both whispers and roars and cannot be ignored." - Bram Stoker and International Horror Guild Award-winner Gary A. Braunbeck "Maurice Broaddus' writing creates a dangerous and authentic mood. The language is fierce and evokes the gritty realism of life on the streets... For some, King Maker is going to be the best read of 2010." - "" "King Maker is a fascinating novel... [and] should be on every SF fan's shelf." - Adam Christopher "Deft characterization, authentic dialogue, exciting plot... Maurice Broaddus has definitely brought his A-game to this urban joust." - Gene O'Neill ""King Maker's" strength is its ability to stay true-to-life even when the fantasy components come into play..." - Nick Cato, "Stem Shots

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Oroszlany Balazs on 3 Mar. 2010
Format: Paperback
Every good writer could tell you an exciting story. But to tell you a story you think you already know, and tell it in a way that you are surprised by every new page? It takes an even better writer.

Maurice Broaddus is such a writer, and King Maker, the first book of the Knight of the Breton Court is such a story. It's a retelling of the Arthurian myth - and the writer don't want to hide the similarities. We know who King, (L)uther White's son should be in this tale, and know about his friends and acquaintances too. It is not hard to recognize names like Merle, Lott Carey or Lady G. Broaddus teasing us, waiving and emphasising a medieval vocabulary into modern slang. And yet, when the classic story materializes in modern day Indianapolis, it still can surprise us.

Mixing the magical elements with the reality of the suburbs results in a harsh, violent setting with illegal handguns and trolls - but no matter how magical the story turns, this violence is not here to entertain you - it has serious consequences, and doesn't look like something any of the characters enjoys - maybe except of the trolls.

My only problem with the book was that - especially at the beginning - the fast cuts between characters, cuts between past and presents could be confusing. But as the story develops, this wouldn't be much trouble.

And another thing - this is only a part of a trilogy. Being the first part, it could be entertaining by itself, but you will finish the book with the question: and what happens next?

If you want to read a serious urban fantasy novel, this is your book. Urban fantasy at it's best.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. L. Rutter on 16 Jun. 2010
Format: Paperback
The premise of King Maker is simply awesome, and I wanted to love the book based on that alone. I'm a big fan of the King Arthur mythology, and the idea of such a unique slant on the story had me extremely excited. I found myself bewildered, however, as I worked my way through the book.

I want to deal with the strengths of the novel first. Maurice Broaddus' writing creates a dangerous and authentic mood. The language is fierce and evokes the gritty realism of life on the streets. When the supernatural elements are introduced, they drift through the novel like smoke, leaving the reader gradually horrified as the end game is reached. Broaddus' horror background is evident; some of the events in King Maker sent chills down my spine.

With all that said, I didn't enjoy King Maker, for a number of reasons.

It is a relatively slight novel (the first in a trilogy being published by Angry Robot books), and yet I found it took me almost a week to plough through. Part of this was thanks to the stop-start nature of the plot, and the bouncing around of timelines. I found it extremely easy to put the book down, rarely wanting to read on at the end of a chapter. I became confused at times by the fact that one of the characters was alive when I had read a couple of chapters ago that they had died.

Although the dialogue is very effectively written, it is also hard to understand at times. As a white gal who lives in comfort a million miles away from the types of events being described, I felt like I needed a dictionary. Although I list this as a fault, I do greatly admire Broaddus for delving so well into the psyche of inner city America and not making compromises for the ease of his readers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Zoe Whitten on 30 May 2010
Format: Paperback
Imagine the legend of King Arthur told in a modern era, and set against a complex gangland turf war as a backdrop. King Maker is the first book in the series The Knights of Breton Court, though in this first installment it spends a great deal of time detailing the decay of the neighborhood created by the warring gang factions.

There are early hints of magic from the start, with the appearance of a nature elemental as well as a homeless guy named Merle prognosticating for Luther White. The story quickly shifts to the present day. Very little of the story follows King James White, son of Luther and heir apparent to the "kingdom," though he doesn't yet know it.

Instead, the reader is guided through the various street crews run by rival gang leaders Night and Dred. Neither care much for King, but instead of provoking him directly, the leaders choose to vie for the prime dealing locations in the various neighborhoods.

With Dred's crew lacking the strength to take on Night, Dred hires a pair of trolls to work as extra muscle. This makes his crew feel inferior, and it inspires them into some reckless and stupid behavior to "look hard," resulting in an escalating war.

Add to this a fey, a few magi, a dragon, the cops, drive-bys, tainted drugs, and you get a complex tale that moves at a breakneck pace.

The aforementioned knights are slow to react to the war in their hood, so their lives are like various subplots to the core plot of the war itself. This is not the story of how the heroes save the day so much as how the villains destroyed themselves. Which is not to say the Knights don't get their chance to develop. They do, but these are brief glimpses of their lives in the midst of a war.
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