Today I’m reviewing Excather by Gregory J Downs
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.