"Wild King Arthur takes Manhattan tale"
It is time to fulfill the medieval prophecy as Arthur
Pendragon has returned to the mortal plane. However,
instead of ye olde merry England he lands in modern day
Central Park making Belvedere Castle his home. Arthur
struggles to adjust to Manhattan especially with the
dysfunctional assistance of his mentor Merlin.
Once Arthur becomes a little more acclimated to the city
that never sleeps, he decides that the best way to fulfill
his mission is to become mayor so he throws his helmet into
the ring as a candidate for the mayor of the Big Apple.
Besides Merlin, Guinevere and Percival assist Arthur on his
maiden political run. An atrophied couch potato living in
exile in New Jersey, the return rejuvenates Morgan Le Fay
who enters the city to challenge her long-term foes. Worse
than the sorceress for Arthur is that Modred has also been
reincarnated, but this time as the deadliest of opponents,
a public relations professional working for the dreaded
Renowned comic book and fantasy novelist Peter David has
rewritten his wild mid-eighties -Camelot in Manhattan tale,
retaining the humor and the personae of the cast, but
tightening the plot. The story line is fun for more than
just the Round Table crowd as Arthur struggles with almost
everything about contemporary New York even as he runs for
the job of mayor. Mindful of Mike W. Barr and Brian
Bolland's Camelot 3000 series (also originating in the
1980s), but less graphic and more amusing, KNIGHT LIFE is a
wonderful modernization of Camelot.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted May 14, 2002