The Return of Sir Percival by S. Alexander O'Keefe
What can be better than a good tale of the Knights of the Round Table? For more years than I care to admit to, the legend of King Arthur and his Knights has lived in a soft spot in my heart.
I was given an advance copy of The Return of Sir Percival by S. Alexander O’Keefe and will admit to being apprehensive about reading it because I was afraid I wouldn’t like it. We don’t know if there even really was an Arthur. We think there was, but have no absolute proof. If Arthur didn’t exist then what of Guinevere? Percival? Galahad? Lancelot? And if they didn’t then how did their story come to endure for so long? Would this author’s story do the tales justice or not?
In this story, Percival returns to Albion (England) after ten years away. He didn’t know when Arthur sent him away on a quest for the Grail that he was sent away to remain safe and to fulfil a prophesy upon his return. But the Albion he knew is gone. Arthur has been dead for seven years, Guinevere is in hiding, Galahad along with all of the Knights dead, the country is in the control of Morgana and the Norse invaders. The peaceful Albion Percival sought is in ruin.
Sir Percival is on his final quest, he intends to find Queen Guinevere and as he travels the length of the country looking for her he encounters Morgana’s determination to control the country and the people and do away with him. He uses his newfound strategies learned during his Grail quest, gathers an army and confronts Morgana in one last battle for control of Albion and for Guinevere’s life.
My fears about not liking this tale were unfounded. Author O’Keefe did a good job in bringing Sir Percival home.