Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Review: The Forever King by Molly Cochran and Warren Murphy

Book: The Forever King by Molly Cochran and Warren Murphy

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: A

Remember how awhile back I signed up for the Arthurian Challenge? So, I finally read a book that fits the genre. Did I tell you how much I love Arthur stories? I do. I love them. So it was great fun to finally read a book for this challenge. I got totally caught up in the adventure and loved it all.

This book, however, is very different from your so called "normal" Arthur story. Most of it takes place in the current day (well actually a few years ago current) where we meet a young boy, his aunt, a struggling ex FBI cop, and a very very bad man. The boy happens upon a unique looking cup of sorts, the FBI dude keeps having a nightmare, the aunt ends up in the wrong place at the wrong time, and the very very bad man escapes.

And from there things get quite interesting!

Through the course of the book, we flash back to the true Camelot era where we learn how all these things tie together, how Merlin is involved, and a new take on Nimue that I loved. All the knights make brief appearances also. We even take an amazing trip through most all of recorded history! It's a very creative and fun way to learn about the legends and myths, though those take a bit of a back seat to the current day story. However, I thought it was fabulous and ate it all up.

Now, I want to read more. I need Tristan (Tristram?) next. I can't get enough of him. And wouldn't you know it, but this book is the start of a trilogy... of course! But I don't know if Tristan is in the other books. I guess I'll just have to check it out!

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  1. I read this. I really liked it, but not enough to read the rest of the series apparently, because I haven't yet!

  2. Sounds like an interesting take on King Arthur.

  3. This sounds like an interesting book for my next vacation....Thanks for an enticing review!

  4. Sounds great!

    I had a 10 year or so King Arthur kick, but that ended over 15 years ago (I ran out of books :-) ). I was thinking recently I'd like to reread some of them (would I still love Mary Stewart's books as much as I did then?), but a new (to me) Arthur book sounds even better.

  5. I just discovered my copy of The Forever King on one of my bedroom bookshelves yesterday! I'd been thinking about rereading it recently, because I really enjoyed it. I never read the other two books in the trilogy, and they're both out of print, but it looks like there are some used copies available. Reading the reviews on Amazon for the final book in the series, though, wasn't very heartening. Apparently the final book was written only by Cochran and not Murphy, and the reviews of this last book are really negative. But I'd like to get my hands on both the remaining books regardless!



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