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Monday, September 04, 2006

Parsival: Or, a Knight's Tale. Richard Monaco

This is the first of a now out of print four volume series based on the Arthurian Grail quest of the hero Parsival. The other three volumes are: The Grail War; The Final Quest; and, Blood and Dreams.

This first volume follows Parsival from his overprotective mother and his childhood home on his first quest to become a knight at King Arthur's round table. Once he is a knight, he begins his second quest to find the Grail Castle and discover its secret.

A parallel story tells of Broaditch, a servant from his mother's castle, who sets out soon after to find Parsival. The two quests compliment each other with short episodic chapters from each telling the tale of the book.

The book is not for the squeemish. There is a war and lots of bloodshed. The people are bawdy rather than chivalric, and the sexual relationships are not always consensual. However, it is an exciting and humorous retelling of a medieval tale. I can't wait to read the rest of the series.


  • At 8:27 PM, Blogger richard monaco author said…

    Just wanted people to know there is a 5th Parsival boo LOST YEARS - recent unpublished.

  • At 3:24 PM, Blogger richard monaco author said…

    there is now a blog richard monaco author where 2 recent novels are being posted - 5th Parsival book (LOST YEARS) and BAD TRIP BEACH - SF/F set in 1970.


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