||The Third Magic
by Molly Cochran (Author)
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From Publishers Weekly
In Cochran's third and probably concluding volume of her ingenious but
complex Arthurian fantasy set in the modern world (The Forever King;
The Broken Sword), young Arthur Blessing is still watched over by Merlin
(aka Taliesin) and by Galahad (aka guardian Hal Woczniak), who happens
to be in love with Arthur's aunt, Emily Blessing. The rest of the Knights
of the Round Table are not quite effectively disguised as a motorcycle
gang. The teen media, who have made Arthur Blessing something of a star,
complicate his quest to return with the full powers of Arthur Pendragon.
When the spring containing the Holy Grail helps Arthur develop healing
powers, he faces a dilemma, because the house over the spring is the home
of one Gwen Ranier, his contemporary Guinevere-and the legend says that
Guinevere must die. Furthermore, shadows from the past (well-developed,
if a minor part of the story), plus a fugitive Communist spy and a homicidal
maniac, pose additional challenges. For readers new to the trilogy, the
action flies by in a bunch of scenes in close formation without visible
connection, but it should all make sense to those who have read
the earlier books.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Eight years ago, a young red-haired boy discovered that he was the reincarnation
of Arthur, once High King of Britain, master of the Round Table, wielder
of Excalibur and the Holy Grail, fated to one day reclaim his throne and
lead the world into a new golden age.
Almost immediately, people started trying to kill him. Arthur has been
on the run or in hiding since he was ten years old.
Four years ago, after a climactic battle between the resurrected Knights
of the Round Table and a dark magician determined to warp the powers of
the Grail to his own evil purpose, Arthur Blessing spoke to television
cameras, and therefore the world. He told them the time for hatred
and fear was over and that a new time of peace was at hand.
Pursued as a new messiah, Arthur disappeared to a small farm in the
American Midwest, surrounded by his Knights, protected most of all by Hal,
most recently an FBI agent, but, long ago, Sir Galahad.
Now Arthur is eighteen, and Merlin has come to bring him to his destiny.
There’s just one small problem. Arthur. What is he going to do as
High King? How can he unite and heal such a deeply wounded world? No one
believes in all that chivalry stuff anymore, and besides, he’s not sure
mankind is worthy of the powers of the Sword and the Grail.
Yet those powers are needed, now most of all. Now, with a master terrorist
preparing to strike Cheyenne Mountain, to blow up the heart of America’s
nuclear arsenal and spread radioactive death across the planet. Now, with
a psychopathic killer on the loose, a man determined to personally slaughter
the Knights and Arthur himself. Now, with a chance to find Guinevere again,
to put right their love that was spoiled and betrayed centuries ago.
Arthur Blessing. The Once and Future King. Now he must choose his fate.
third modern day Arthurian saga tale, September 26, 2003
Merlin and Hal Woczniak keep young Arthur Blessing safe as he moves
closer to regaining his Pendragon powers though the lad is a media sensation.
Hal, better known as Galahad, happens to also loves Arthur's aunt Emily.
The rest of the old team of Knights of the Round Table belongs to a motorcycle
When Arthur drinks from a spring containing the Holy Grail, he gains
the ability to heal people. However, the spring is part of the home of
Gwen Ranier, his beloved Guinevere, who must die if Arthur is to succeed.
With other problems and the obstacles posed by enemies and lunatics in
his way, Arthur's return as the once and future king seems less likely
with every passing moment.
The third entry in this modern Arthurian saga is a strong tale that
ties up much from the previous novels (see THE FOREVER KING and THE BROKEN
SWORD). However, new fans would be better off perusing the former novels
to obtain the full flavor of this charming tale. The cast remains strong
making Arthur and his cohorts believable in the twenty-first century and
turning a fast-paced and action-packed story line into a great time.
Klausner from Morrow, Ga. United States
to accept- but worth the effort., September 16, 2003
I really enjoyed the first books, THE FOREVER KING and THE BROKEN SWORD,
but this one was very hard for me to read. Not that it was a difficult
read, but because you know that the choices made by the characters will
ultimately lead to great pain. The cold blooded violence was disturbing.
The sacrifice and deep love that were woven throughout the story were sometimes
heart wrenching. Arthur is maturing in this life as well as "thru the ages".
With maturity comes great change and it is very difficult to accept. Especially
for the readers who loved the boy Arthur was in the previous novels.
Any writer who makes you feel such complex emotions, that you fear finishing
a book, has done a good job. You cry for the Arthur you loved, but you
celebrate the ending as a new beginning for all.
Visalia, CA United States