Grail Prince Paperback – Jan 1 2003
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
No Kindle device required. Download one of the Free Kindle apps to start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, and computer.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
From Publishers Weekly
In this imaginative retelling of the Grail legends, with alternating timelines between a younger and older Galahad, McKenzie (Queen of Camelot) offers a psychological study of the "best knight in all the world," obsessed with honor and disdainful of women. We first meet Galahad, perforce a man at age 15, traveling through a bleak, cold North Wales landscape with his 11-year-old cousin Percival, who was sorely wounded six weeks earlier in the cataclysmic battle that ended Arthur's reign. The regent, Percival's uncle Peredur, welcomes them to Percival's home castle, but Peredur's wife, Ennyde, resents their presence. They winter in the crowded castle, where Galahad spars with Percival's twin sister, Dane, a hoyden who challenges his beliefs about women. Preferring not to go home to his estranged father, Lancelot, Galahad is eager to head out on the quest Arthur gave him, to complete the set of powerful items said to ensure the health of Britain: the Grail and the Spear, locations unknown, and the Sword that Arthur threw into a lake as he lay dying. Taking Percival along on the quest serves to remove Galahad from the dangers of growing to majority under Peredur's rule. Thus proceeds a tale of prophecy, fulfillment and maturation. Familiarity with the Arthurian legends isn't necessary to enjoy this engrossing medieval fantasy, though the genealogy tables at the end do help.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
Fans of Marion Zimmer Bradley's "Mists of Avalon" series and Persia Woolley's Guinevere trilogy will be delighted with this addition to the modern interpretation of Arthurian legend. A sequel to McKenzie's Queen of Camelot, the story focuses on Sir Galahad, son of Lancelot and Guinevere's cousin, Elaine. Legend says that when the Holy Grail and the spear of King Macsen, along with the sword Excalibur, are in the hands of the king, Britain will be forever invincible. Galahad's quest to find these relics, undertaken at Arthur's command, is for him a journey into manhood as well as one of expiation. Galahad's preconceptions about Lancelot and Guinevere nearly ruin him as he is repeatedly challenged to forgive and to show mercy and love. McKenzie skillfully weaves ancient druidic spirituality and medieval Christianity with flesh-and-blood characters; the women are strong, the knights fallible, and the magic real. This tale of abiding love and enduring hope is highly recommended for most popular fiction and fantasy collections.
Jennifer Baker, Seattle P.L.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Top Customer Reviews
"If I cannot love my fellow-men, however dirty their hands, how can I love the God who made them?"
The book then backtracks to Galahad's childhood, when he was raised by an embittered mother and a vicious priest with an agenda of his own to hate his father and Queen Guinevere (see more of Elen's story in the first book, Queen of Camelot). Lancelet eventually brings Galahad to Camelot to train for his knighthood and his hatred of Guinevere continues to grow and spreads to a disdain for all women, especially those who have been *cheapened* by unclean acts - including rape. The third part of the book backtracks to events leading up to the Battle of Camlann covered in the previous book in the series, albeit this time from Galahad's viewpoint.
The latter part of the book continues as Britain is rudderless upon the death of Arthur and the Saxon threat continues to grow. The wheel of fortune spins around once more and Galahad finds himself committing the very sin in the flesh that he has so loathed his father for desiring only in his heart, and in doing so dishonors his greatest friend and ally.Read more ›
From all of this, Galahd has learned to despise his father and desires to avenge himself on Lancelot for the perceived cruelness imposed on his mother over the years. He finally breaks free to go to Camelot to serve Arthur, the High King, but peace eludes him there also. Eventually, he learns that all he was taught by his mother and Aidan was false and he then turns his mind against women, judging them all to be liars and the weaker of the sexes. He also continues to hate his father but after awhile of gradual maturing he comes to understand Lancelot but finds it difficult to forgive him until he himself commits the same mistakes as his father did.
He goes on a quest for Arthur to find the treasures that will heal Britain and once again make her invincible to invaders. For awhile, he travels with his cousin Percival who worships him as a hero figure. Galahad's pompous, aloof behavior changes when he meets Dane, the twin sister of Percival.
Things then begin to change his preconceived ideas and he learns to eventually love and to quest for something more tangible and earthly to bring him peace of mind. The novel switches back and forth between Galahad's past and his present life and shows how he matures in mind and body over the years.
This is a real page turning yarn that will delight and enthrall any follower of Arthurian Literature.Read more ›
Galahad's wanderings help you to understand this character and his evolution from an overly pious finatic to a kind-hearted and loving man. However, I thought there was a bit much recounting of the battle of Camlann and the days of Arthur. I don't disagree that understanding these moments are important in understanding Galahad himself. I simply wonder if the authur lacked confidence in the character and believed that the book would hold no interest without re-introducing Arthur in such great detail. I read through the Arthur-filled chapters EAGER to get back to Galahad's quest for the grail and for inner peace.
It also seemed that as the book wrapped, the author did a huge role reversal with Ninianne. I was left completely confused as to her true intentions. This character along with the Merlin character from Queen of Camelot, were poorly developed and left little impression other than simple confusion. Tristan was also introduced for about 4 lines and then vanished. Perhaps he will be the subject of her next work???
Overall, however, I found the book captivating and the evolution of Galahad to be believable and heart-warming.
When Arthur nears death following the battle of Canlann against his own son, he asks Galahad to fulfill a quest. He wants Galahad to unite Excalibur with the Grail and the Spear so that his beloved Britain will never be invaded. Galahad travels forever seeking the answers to what Arthur laid on him. If he learns how to love, he would find the treasures are near, but the truth is even the woman who apparently is his destiny cannot seem to reach his heart.
Mostly through Galahad's eyes, this fantasy is a strong look at Camelot after King Arthur's death. The story line is action-packed, but is more of a character study than the usual genre novel. Readers see inside into the soul of Lancelot paying the piper for his heroism and sacrifice. However, this is Galahad's tale as he struggles to overcome the lessons of his childhood that focused on his mother's hatred of his father for his unrequited love and subsequent family neglect. Arthur is more of a father to the troubled lad. The GRAIL PRINCE will enchant the Camelot crowd who will demand that this Yankee author provide more tales in King Arthur's Court.
Most recent customer reviews
Prior to this book, Galahad has always been kind of a boring and one-dimensional character. He was the Perfect Knight, the stainless, the pure, the winner of the holy Grail. Read morePublished on March 31 2003 by Amber B Shields
GRAIL PRINCE is undoubtedly one of the best Arthurian novels I have ever read. What sets McKenzie's writing apart is her sincere appreciation for the human struggle for goodness... Read morePublished on Feb. 15 2003 by Wes Williamson
Look for similar items by category
- Books > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Historical
- Books > Literature & Fiction > World Literature > Mythology > Arthurian Legends
- Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Arthurian
- Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Epic
- Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Historical