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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fascinating New Perspective on Galahad!, 29 Jun. 2003
Kimberly Gelderman (Spring Lake, MI USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Grail Prince (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. 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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars (4.5) "There is no one left. Pendragon is no more.", 26 May 2010
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This review is from: Grail Prince (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. Galahad continues to wander Britain without purpose until he can face his true self and turn the circle 'round again - will there be happiness or sorrow at the end of end of his quest? Can he find the grail and spear and reunite Britain?

This was a highly entertaining follow-up to the first in the series, Queen of Camelot, and I found it the perfect blend of myths and legends, dreams and just a *wee* bit of magic. Highly recommended for Arthurian fans, although I suggest you leave a goodly period of time between this and book one as there's a lot of story back-tracking in the middle. A solid four star read until the last 100 or so pages, and then I was riveted and needed the tissue box handy for a few of them. Despite this being part of a trilogy this book covers enough of the previous history that it could stand well enough on its own. The third book in the series is called Prince of Dreams: A Tale of Tristan and Essylte. 4.5/5 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rich, intoxicating page turner - in the best modern novel series on Arthurian legend,, 21 Oct. 2010
This review is from: Grail Prince (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.
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