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A Legendary Read

a knightI sure do love me a good Arthurian tale!

As part of majoring in English, I took a class all about the Arthurian legend and books written on the subject.  It was one of my favourite classes.  Something about those times full of chivalry and adventure just sucked me in.  From The Once and Future King to A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court to Le Morte d’Arthur, I loved being surrounded by this epic legend.

Away from school I have also enjoyed reading The Mists of Avalon and watching the tv show Merlin.  And my favourite Monty Python movie is Monty Python and the Holy Grail – one of the most quotable movies ever!  After all, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!

So in the bookstore one day I came across a title that immediately caught my eye: The Table of Less Valued Knights, by Marie Phillips.  Having particularly enjoyed parodies of the Arthurian legend before, I had a feeling I would like this book.

a knight 2Funny and a bit random at times (in a good way!), this story of a lesser knight undertaking a quest that he maybe shouldn’t have is surprisingly charming.  It’s also got a few good twists and turns, and a villain that I loved to hate.  Marie Phillips does a great job of wrapping this story in the Arthurian world, but also making it truly unique.  I had a hard time putting it down!  A quick and engaging read, I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes a good comedic adventure!

And seeing as this paperback just came out last August, this book satisfied my reading challenge requirement of reading a book published this year!  On to the next book!


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