Rich, intoxicating page turner - in the best modern novel series on Arthurian legend,,
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.