Grail Knight by Angus Donald

grail knight

In this, this fifth installment of The Outlaw Chronicles, and as the title implies, Robin and friends are on a quest to capture the Holy Grail. The motives for the companions in this quest vary from member to member, from the pure joy of beholding The Cup Of Christ, to the desperate need to use it and it’s rumored healing powers, and even to others who seek it only for the power it bestows on the owner.  As in the previous volumes of this series, the author spins a wonderful tale full of visceral action and cunning intrigue.  All of the usual suspects of Robin’s gang are part of the quest along with Sir Nicholas de Scras and a surprise guest who shall remain nameless by this humble scribe.  Indeed, there are a few surprises in store not only character wise, but plot wise as well.  I will not reveal the author’s vision or description of the Grail though I will remark that I think he is correct.  As in any tale of the Grail there is the risk of it being fanciful as in The Da Vinci Code or an even more fancy tale as in Monty Python and The Holy Grail – alas no one shouts down from a castle rampart about elderberries and hamsters.  🙂  The author plays it out in a most agreeable fashion keeping the tale reasonable and yet still conveying the medieval longing for sacred relics be they real or not.  4 stars

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