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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on August 23, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 17, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 29, 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 30, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book was awesome! I bought it on a trip to Boston this past year when I was in a bookstore. I started reading it because I was bored on the flight back, Once I started the trip flew by, and when I got home I continued reading on into the night. I finished it and in the morning I went out as soon as the stores opened and bought the Broken Sword and World Without End..Both of them did not disapoint...I haven't been too big on the Aurthorian novels in the past but this book got me into them. The storyline, characters, setting, everything was great and very well done. All the stuff about Saladin was very cool, and the authors really took some time into thinking him up and developing the character...I'd have to say that the best part in the book is when all the nights of the round table showed up...Can't say more than that for fear of revealing stuff...I'd say to anyone that they should buy this book, it fresh and very original...it, the Broken Sword, and the books that will follow are definately one of a kind!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 26, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Overall, a fun read--a bit on the predictable side but the characters were engaging. Good airport reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 6, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
My younger sister actually forced this book on me. We both love to read and usually read the same things. I took one look at the cover and thought, "I don't read sci-fi books!" So it sat on my shelf for about a year when she called me up and said "it's a trilogy" and that I absolutely had to read this book!! So I read it and I couldn't put it down and i am so glad I finally picked it up! It wasn't a typical sci-fi novel at all. Sure it has some sci-fi in it, but not to the point of "ok I don't believe that!"

The imagery alone made this a fantastic novel. Oh how I wished that I could be there to see the castle and King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. I don't remember ever learning about King Arthur in school, but I do remember watching The Sword in The Stone when I was a child. So to me this book was not only a learning tool (because I was on the internet for at least 3 hours trying to find everything I could on King Arthur) but a really great novel!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 17, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The summer before my senior year of high school, I had to read this book. I was not looking forward to this because I don't really like fantasy books and I don't usually understand them. I waited until two days before school started to read this and it took only one day. This book did not drag, confuse, or talk about things that a normal high school girl wouldn't understand. The modern take of the story of King Arthur kept me enthralled. When I got to school I found out everyone enjoyed it as much as I did!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 21, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Forever King gave a fresh look on the story of King Arthur. It's the first book I've seen that doesn't recount the same story or tell the story from another characters view. The combo of old and new is a perfect mixture. This is a book every King Arthur lover needs to read.
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