In Knight Life, King Arthur ran for office and was elected mayor of New York City.
In One Knight Only, Arthur campaigned across the land and was voted President of the United States.
Now, in Fall of Knight, Arthur is forced to take a powerful position he never sought--head of his very own church.
When former first lady Gwen DeVere Queen Penn is discovered to be hale and hearty--after falling victim to a successful (and very public) assassination--the jig is finally up. Arthur Penn, aka King Arthur, reveals his true identity, and the existence of the Holy Grail, to the world.
Next thing he knows, he's being worshiped as a divine being by a religious cult known as the Arthurians. Eluding these zealots is hard enough. But the Once and Future King finds it even more difficult to turn away from the sick and dying who desperately entreat him to heal them with the power of the Grail.
Not up to the enormity of the task, Arthur accepts an offer from an entrepreneur with a new approach to health care: Siphon water through the Grail, bottle it, and sell it as a curative. Flooding the market, Grail Water becomes the hottest-selling commodity in the history of humanity. Unfortunately, it's also tainting the very purpose of the holy cup's existence--and Arthur may soon discover exactly how the road to Hell is paved with good intentions...
The conclusion of David's 21st-century Arthurian trilogy will please fans of the previous two books, Knight Life and One Knight Only, but those expecting humorous fantasy on the level of Terry Pratchett or Monty Python will be disappointed. King Arthur, who has served as the mayor of New York City and even as president of the United States under the name Arthur Penn, is suddenly forced to tell the world who he really is and that he possesses the Holy Grail. Attempts to go mass market with the Grail's curative properties create complications involving Nazis and assorted other menaces. Despite the author's propensity for punning titles and silly archaisms like "Ye Olde Interlude," the resultant oil-and-water mixture achieves neither comedy nor drama, much less a blending of the two as in T.H. White's The Once and Future King. The incongruity of great, mythic figures behaving (or speaking) in an entirely banal and trivial manner is, alas, only that. (June)
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May 29, 2007
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