Most King Arthur stories end when Arthur dies, but Lawhead takes the legend through to its conclusion in this book that details the rebirth of Arthur in the 21st Century. This is a good, must-read book.
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Set in a near-future Britain, the suicide of the current Monarch has all but guaranteed the British Republicans the chance to abolish the Crown and have a Presidential Republic. James Arthur Stewart is led by a mysterious counselor, Myrddin Embries, or Merlin, of his true identity as the reborn King Arthur and seeks to claim his rightful throne. Highly recommended for its Christian influences, Lawhead's latest novel should appeal to fans of Arthurian fantasy with its exploration of Arthurs return in a modern world.
This is the story of the return of Arthur after the death of King Edward, who supposedly commits suicide. It begins with a man named James Arthur Stewart who is working to retain his inheritance, Blair Morven. All looks bleak until he meets Enbries (alias Merlin) whose tale is too strange to believe. James is to be the next king of England! He who cannot even retain his inheritance? Enbries totes out the proof - birth certificate, parents, marriage certificate, and all paperwork pertaining to his past to prove it. Once James believes the fun has only begun. The political wheels turn rapidly to discount the claim and smudge his reputation. James has difficulty coping with all of this but while he is a fair, honest, and courageous man who has the interests of the people foremost in his heart he must prove it to the people of England. Enter the evil Moira (Morgian) his ancient foe in another life who strives to thwart James in his quest to be crowned king. This is quite a good read and if you enjoyed the original story of Arthur, Merlin and Morgian you will find this updated version most entertaining. I did.