"twenty-first century rendition of the Arthurian legend"
Legends never die they just wait to be reborn in another
time and place. King Arthur the Pendragon slept in a
secret cave for over a millennium until he was needed again
and Merlin woke him from his enchanted slumber. Arthur was
running for Mayor of New York when he met his reincarnated
wife and remarried her. When terrorists blow up whole
blocks of New York City, Arthur and Gwen were right in the
middle of the rescue efforts and their heroics capture the
heart of America.
Arthur ran for president as an independent and won but
during his term he lost Merlin who was turned into a stone
statue by a Basilisk. Arthur and Gwen carried out the war
on terrorism until Gwen was shot by an assassin's bullet
leading to Arthur resigning the presidency. With Percival,
the last Immortal Knight, he travels to Pus Island, which
is presided over by Gilgamesh. There they hope to find the
Holy Grail, which is Gwen's only hope of survival, but
first they must battle enemies both human and immortal.
ONE KNIGHT ONLY is a twenty-first century rendition of the
Arthurian legend and the once and Future King loses none of
his majesty and valor in a modern setting. Gilgamesh, who
is two-thirds god and one third human, is the perfect
opponent for the Pendragon since they are both imbued with
magic. Peter David has written a fantasy novel that
incorporates modern day terrorism into the Arthurian legend.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted June 1, 2003