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The Forever King (Forever King Trilogy) Mass Market Paperback – March 15, 1993


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Product Details

  • Series: Forever King Trilogy (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (March 15, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812517164
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812517163
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,031,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Cochran and Murphy's ( Grandmaster ) new novel melds two plots, one taking place in Arthurian England, where the evil knight Saladin is trying to gain possession of the Holy Grail and make himself immortal, and the other set in the modern world, where the evil knight Saladin, now a mental patient, is again seeking the Grail and immortality. is trying to gain posses sion of the Holy Grail and thus become immortal. The Arthurian section is well written, with some clever new twists on familiar characters, especially Merlin and Nimue. Rather than echoing the conventional portrayal of Nimue as a scheming enchantress who bespells and traps Merlin, the authors depict her as a naive young waif who becomes the wizard's adopted daughter and helps him foil Saladin's plans. But the chapters set in modern times, where Arthur is reincarnated as a 10-year-old boy, are embarrassingly trite, with two-dimensional characters who spout dialogue that would be considered cliched in a made-for-TV movie. There is always room in the fantasy genre for a good new Arthurian novel. This, unfortunately, is not it.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

YA-- An unusual, creative intertwining of 20th-century adventure with Arthurian legend. Hal, an alcoholic, retired FBI agent (Sir Galahad) must protect ten-year-old Arthur Blessing (King Arthur) and the powerful Holy Grail from the madman Saladin (himself). Help comes from Mr. Taliesin (Merlin) and Excalibur. As the story unfolds, readers move rapidly back and forth through the centuries to numerous settings; it is necessary, but not too difficult, to remember where and when a character was last seen. Although everything is explained, some prior knowledge of the Arthurian romances is helpful. Characterization is especially well done. There are sharp contrasts between the good and evil individuals while maintaining the duality of traits required since each character is actually two people in one. Teens should not be disheartened by the age of young Arthur. He is mature, and his age is easy to forget. A fun romp through history.
- Claudia Moore, W. T. Woodson High Sch . , Fairfax, VA
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This was a really nice story, entertaining & interesting.
Betsy Persky
I bought this book by chance and when I started reading I couldn't put it down!
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An intriguing and fascinating romp through history and fantasy.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By frumiousb VINE VOICE on April 11, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This retelling of the Arthur myths succeeds on every count that a good fantasy should-- we have the wounded hero, the eternal wizard, the child of destiny, and the troubled villain. Oh yes, we also have the Holy Grail. The Forever King asks the question about what would happen if Arthur and the grail come together again, this time in 20th century America. It asks it very well.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Terry VINE VOICE on March 22, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I've enjoyed this book over and over. An intriguing and fascinating romp through history and fantasy. The official reviewer obviously has no imagination! Perhaps one of my most favorite books of my adulthood.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 26, 2003
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Overall, a fun read--a bit on the predictable side but the characters were engaging. Good airport reading.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Book Addict on September 28, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I waited for this one to be available for my Kindle. This is easily my favorite Aurthurian series ( particularly the first two books ). My only disappointment is that the next two aren't out yet. Please hurry with the next one, Amazon. It is by far the best and I cannot wait to read it again since I lost my paperback copy...it was falling apart anyway.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By HH on August 23, 2000
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Hal, an ex-FBI agent, runs into an old man on the street who gives him a ticket to a game show. Hal goes, gets chosen to participate, and even wins a trip to England! In the meantime, Arthur, a 10-year old kid in New York, finds a small cup that makes him feel good. But Arthur isn't the only one interested in the cup, and soon he and his aunt find themselves running for their lives. This is an interesting new take on the old King Arthur legend as legendary characters get reborn into modern society and must lead the life they were born to live. We also get new insights into the character of Merlin, or Taliesin.
I thought this book was a lot of fun. It certainly wasn't serious fantasy, but the characters were interesting and the plot was unique. There was enough action to keep the book going, and there was even one gratuitous sex scene to keep things interesting. This is a new story on an old theme and well worth reading. I liked the sequel, The Broken Sword, more than I liked this book but I thought they were both fun.
I would recommend this book to any King Arthur fan, especially those who would like to see a new and unique twist on the old myth. I would also recommend it to fans of urban fantasy, where characters here in our world aren't always what they seem.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ann on November 16, 2001
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My phone rang about 10:30 last night; it was a friend of mine thanking me for recommending "The Forever King". He's not a big reader and had already flown through 8 chapters by the time he called. That's what has been happened ever since I first read the book, which I think was around 1994, and began recommending it to people. I worked my way through two paperback copies, passing it to so many that the covers fell off. People started writing their names in the back of one copy...leaving their own mark on the book. I think there were nine signatures. I managed to get my hands on a hardcover, but that one doesn't leave the house. The response, universally, is one of excitement mixed with pure childlike enthusiasm. "I can't believe how good this book is" followed by a sort of giddy laugh. I know it sounds hokey, but its completely true. I've also heard a lot of statements akin to "this is the best book I've ever read." Well, I might not go that far, but it certainly is among the most heartfelt and entertaining fantasies I've ever come across. I can't wait for my nephews to get a little older to introduce a new generation to this wonderful treasure.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "scullyspice" on November 25, 2000
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Unlike the Kirkus Review, which has obviously set its standards sky-high, I found 'The Forever King' to have a firm grasp of the Arthurian legend and an intriging reinterpretation. The characters are very real and believable, and the plot flows easily along. Saladin, the villian of this story, is cruel, but utterly realistic. One flaw the Kirkus reviewers believed they had found was the amount of coincidences that bring together the characters and help the plot move along. What they neglected to notice was the fact that they are not coincidences at all, but the work of both Taliesin and the grail itself. For instance, the reviewers thought it odd that Arthur finds the Grail in what is an apparent coincidence. We later learn, however, that Arthur is the Once and Future King and that the Grail is naturally attracted to him as he is its rightful owner.
'The Future King', and its sequel 'The Broken Sword' take the Arthurian legend and update it and its principal characters to the 20th century. The language is descriptive and lyrical, and weaves a taut story that keeps you in suspense until you finish the novel. And then, of course, you start the sequel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "scullyspice" on November 25, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Unlike the Kirkus Review, which has obviously set its standards sky-high, I found 'The Forever King' to have a firm grasp of the Arthurian legend and an intriging reinterpretation. The characters are very real and believable, and the plot flows easily along. Saladin, the villian of this story, is cruel, but utterly realistic. One flaw the Kirkus reviewers believed they had found was the amount of coincidences that bring together the characters and help the plot move along. What they neglected to notice was the fact that they are not coincidences at all, but the work of both Taliesin and the grail itself. For instance, the reviewers thought it odd that Arthur finds the Grail in what is an apparent coincidence. We later learn, however, that Arthur is the Once and Future King and that the Grail is naturally attracted to him as he is its rightful owner.
'The Future King', and its sequel 'The Broken Sword' take the Arthurian legend and update it and its principal characters to the 20th century. The language is descriptive and lyrical, and weaves a taut story that keeps you in suspense until you finish the novel. And then, of course, you start the sequel.
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