My Rating: 4/5
Author: George Tyson
Title: The Never King
“The once-great democracies of the West are slowly crumbling. In Britain, there is talk of revolution as anti-government demonstrations are met with lethal force. Then in an obscure English country carnival, a young man pulls a sword out of a boulder and is hailed as Britain’s mythic savior, its Once and Future King. Enter Peter Quince, a professor of theology whose specialty is the old folk religions of the Celts – the so-called “Fairy Faith.” He’s recruited for a manhunt in which he quickly becomes the hunted. His flight to save his life takes him across a prehistoric landscape and climaxes in a shocking confrontation in the ruined castle in which King Arthur was allegedly born. Along the way, he must summon his old courage and confront his secret fear that he’s always been insane. Quantum mechanics and a wizard’s prophesy, future weapons and ancient legends, mankind’s fate and an undying love for a crazy, beautiful woman – they’re all right here in The Never King.”
The Never King is a story revolving around the legend of King Arthor. Whether you are familiar with the stories or not, you shouldn’t have a problem reading this book. I considered the novel to have a more mystery solving theme than adventure, but it did have both.
The story is written in first person following an American professor, Peter. At times the book is written as though Peter is directly speaking to the reader, rather than just telling his story; this only happens a handful of times – usually for a moment throughout the book. Peter is hired to find Arthor, a person who pulled a sword from a stone at a festival—which causes a great scene when the man disappears. It is rumored that this Arthor plans to change the government by leading his people like in the Dark Ages. Along the way Peter encounters some interesting characters. I’ll let you read about them yourself so I don’t ruin anything. The characters are multi-dimensional—each with their own troubles and dilemmas.
The plot takes the reader through Peter’s adventure trying to solve this “King Arthor” mystery and whether he believes in fantasy (such as those related to the Arthor legend.) It is a self-discovery book that leads to a chase. Peter must question what he truly believes is reality and how to find happiness. The plot flows nicely. Although there were parts of the book that were a lengthy background and debriefing for the reader, it held my interest – which is not always successful among authors. I think the story could have had a little more information on Peter’s past, especially what he was doing prior to the story he was telling.
The Bottom Line:
Overall I enjoyed the book. There is a sequel coming out; and although this book concludes nicely, it does leave areas open for another story. If you like King Arthor legends, mystery, and adventure (set in Britain) than you might like this book.