"A great King Arthur tale"
Merlin and Hal Woczniak keep young Arthur Blessing safe as
he moves closer to regaining his Pendragon powers though
the lad is a media sensation. Hal, better known as
Galahad, happens to also loves Arthur's aunt Emily. The
rest of the old team of Knights of the Round Table belongs
to a motorcycle gang.
When Arthur drinks from a spring containing the Holy
Grail, he gains the ability to heal people. However, the
spring is part of the home of Gwen Ranier, his beloved
Guinevere, who must die if Arthur is to succeed. With
other problems and the obstacles posed by enemies and
lunatics in his way, Arthur's return as the once and
future king seems less likely with every passing moment.
The third entry in this modern Arthurian saga is a strong
tale that ties up much from the previous novels (see THE
FOREVER KING and THE BROKEN SWORD). However, new fans
would be better off perusing the former novels to obtain
the full flavor of this charming tale. The cast remains
strong making Arthur and his cohorts believable in the
twenty-first century and turning a fast-paced and action-
packed story line into a great time.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted September 27, 2003
Eight years ago, a young red-haired boy discovered that he
was the reincarnation of Arthur, once High King of Britain,
master of the Round Table, wielder of Excalibur and the
Holy Grail, fated to one day reclaim his throne and lead
the world into a new golden age.
Almost immediately, people started trying to kill him.
Arthur has been on the run or in hiding since he was ten
Four years ago, after a climactic battle between the
resurrected Knights of the Round Table and a dark magician
determined to warp the powers of the Grail to his own evil
purpose, Arthur Blessing spoke to television cameras, and
therefore the world. He told them the time for hatred and
fear was over and that a new time of peace was at hand.
Pursued as a new messiah, Arthur disappeared to a small
farm in the American Midwest, surrounded by his Knights,
protected most of all by Hal, most recently an FBI agent,
but, long ago, Sir Galahad.
Now Arthur is eighteen, and Merlin has come to bring him to
his destiny. There's just one small problem.
Arthur. What is he going to do as High King? How can he
unite and heal such a deeply wounded world? No one believes
in all that chivalry stuff anymore, and besides, he's not
sure mankind is worthy of the powers of the Sword and the
Yet those powers are needed, now most of all. Now, with a
master terrorist preparing to strike Cheyenne Mountain, to
blow up the heart of America's nuclear arsenal and spread
radioactive death across the planet. Now, with a
psychopathic killer on the loose, a man determined to
personally slaughter the Knights and Arthur himself. Now,
with a chance to find Guinevere again, to put right their
love that was spoiled and betrayed centuries ago.
Arthur Blessing. The Once and Future King. Now he must
choose his fate.