Books From A To Z – Excather

Today I’m reviewing Excather by Gregory J Downs



Decades ago on Christmas Eve, one young boy in a tattered coat did the impossible deed, drawing the king’s sword from iron and stone. Proclaimed the chosen one, he plunged the world into conflict.

Now an aging man, Arthur, son of Uther, sits on the throne, all his enemies crushed beneath his feet. With the enchanted blade Excalibur at his side, he is invincible, and immune to the dark arts of those who would try to topple his dynasty.

But unbeknownst to the world, Arthur is going mad. A conniving wizard is pulling his strings. As the chaos mounts, the coastlands begin to whisper of another chosen one: a raven-haired boy bearing a black sword, a rival to Arthur, Excalibur, and all they stand for.

The truth may yet tear the world apart. (via Goodreads)

My Take: Excather

This book is in fact a sequel to the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. As the blurb mentions, King Arthur is already an aging man when this story begins. Whilst the original legend ends with King Arthur defeating the renegade knight, Sir Mordred,  with timely assistance from the exiled Sir Lancelot, in the sequel we have the King and the renegade joining forces to defeat the conniving wizard, who has replaced Merlin the Magician. Initially, I found the storyline to be gripping, with lots of wizards and witches cast spells and making magic  but eventually I got bored. And gave up reading the book, which anyway is too long and goes on and on.

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We’re taking part in the Blogging From A to Z April Challenge. Corinne is also doing the challenge on Everyday Gyaan.

Comments

  1. Ah ! Finally, here’s a book which you’ve mentioned to be boring because of its length. But I guess if we find King Arthur nice enough, we might as well pick this one, and finish it off in installments over a long period of time 😀 Don’t know yet ! 🙂

    • Installments over a long period of time may not work, since you will have forgotten the story by the time you next take up the book. Like I said, take the book on a long distance train journey.

  2. I’ve read a few books like this one. The themes were appealing, they started well, but lost direction and then, as you said, they “go on and on”.

  3. I won’t be reading this one for sure – don’t like books that go on and on.

  4. Aww 🙁 that means i will get repelled to this book.

  5. Another one on King Arthur! The plot sounds interesting but the ‘on and on..’ part sounds worrying… I usually like long sagas, so maybe I’ll give it a go. 🙂
    Thanks, Jose!

  6. These are the type of books where I would rather see the movie!

  7. This must turn into a movie…maybe I will watch it then 🙂 Thanks!

  8. Ohh..well then I’m going to stay away from it…

  9. I don’t read many books, but like reading little about many 🙂

  10. Im going to get repelled by this, I guess- Same as Sri said!! 🙁

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