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This third and what seems like final installment of Broaddus Indianapolis street gang saga begins with an unspeakable act of violence as two gangs battle for supremacy in the wake of King s most recent setbacks It seems he s getting soft and the time is at hand for a new leader to take charge of the inner city underworld And when King is shot during an ambush, his rival, Dred, begins to draw as many as he can over to his side as his magical abilities grow stronger.For those new to this seri This third and what seems like final installment of Broaddus Indianapolis street gang saga begins with an unspeakable act of violence as two gangs battle for supremacy in the wake of King s most recent setbacks It seems he s getting soft and the time is at hand for a new leader to take charge of the inner city underworld And when King is shot during an ambush, his rival, Dred, begins to draw as many as he can over to his side as his magical abilities grow stronger.For those new to this series, it s basically a modern day re telling of the King Arthur legend, using hood gangs in place of knights, prostitutes in place of princesses, and a wise old man in place of the grand wizard The series strength has been its ability to blend fantasy elements dragons, magic, and strange creatures right alongside the gritty, realistic, every day street lifestyle, and Broaddus brings this even stronger here than in the first two novels There s also a deeper spiritual element this time, plenty of twists, surprises, and emotional depth that should satisfy those who have been hanging around Breton Court these past couple of years.While I think a novel centered around street gangs could ve used somefight scenes the final battle even seemed a bit rushed , Broaddus manages to keep the pace moving from the gripping prologue right through the unexpected conclusion, and whether this is the final installment or the beginning of a new chapter at Breton Court, things are wrapped up quite nicely Some good stuff here Re telling the Arthurian myth cycle in the context of street gangs, crime, and poverty sounds like a kind of literary stunt without much purpose it s one of those things that can be done, but what s the point It could be like recording a cover of Stairway to Heaven with banjo and accordion Besides, when you know how it all ends up, where s the incentive to read it all Broaddus transcends all off these fears and really delivers an excellent story with this trilogy, excellently drawing sympa Re telling the Arthurian myth cycle in the context of street gangs, crime, and poverty sounds like a kind of literary stunt without much purpose it s one of those things that can be done, but what s the point It could be like recording a cover of Stairway to Heaven with banjo and accordion Besides, when you know how it all ends up, where s the incentive to read it all Broaddus transcends all off these fears and really delivers an excellent story with this trilogy, excellently drawing sympathetic and realistic characters and a very convincing back ground KING S WAR brings the cycle to a satisfying close it s a great series, well worth reading After I finally read the first book in this trilogy I read the second installment, King s Justice, first since I got it before King Maker , I was ready to dive into the final showdown on Breton Court Reading a series out of order usually comes with some peril, so I was a little hesitant how much trouble I d have getting into the story even though I d counted the second book among my ten favorites last year despite having skipped the first at the time.I d retained enough in the year plus since After I finally read the first book in this trilogy I read the second installment, King s Justice, first since I got it before King Maker , I was ready to dive into the final showdown on Breton Court Reading a series out of order usually comes with some peril, so I was a little hesitant how much trouble I d have getting into the story even though I d counted the second book among my ten favorites last year despite having skipped the first at the time.I d retained enough in the year plus since I d read King s Justice to know King James White s quest to bring peace to Breton Court and rally his knights has basically fallen apart at the seams, leaving his nemesis Dred and his cohorts from the Phoenix Apartments to capitalize and make his move to dominate and bring eventyranny to the Indianapolis inner city King is not only down on himself, but brokenhearted after discovering Lady G cheated on him with right hand man, Lott Lady G and Lott, despondent over their betrayal to King, go their separate ways, each punishing themselves in different ways Meanwhile, crazy ol Merle tries to salvage the situation and keep destiny on track, while King s son, Prez, has aspirations of following in his father s footsteps and proving his worth to the cause by striking out on his own to infiltrate Dred s crew.Again, the book focuses less on a single character like King, instead offering a mosaic of the community, shifting from one character to the next It can be disorienting on occasion, but when ample time is dedicated to one character or one scene, the story progresses with a riveting pace And just like the previous two books, it s the supporting characters that steal the show Heck, there are times when I find the whole Arthurian allusion inconsequential, because the people populating Breton Court are so engaging on their own I don t feel bothered by my tenuous grasp of the whole King Arthur connection And the supernatural elements are subtle most of the time, though Dred s abilities grow and a couple other characters offer up some magical madness.Prez was pretty engaging this time around, as he tried to become a spy of sorts by getting involved with the gang activity on the Phoenix side of things Naptown Red, who didn t have quite the showing I was expecting after the conclusion of King s Justice, still managed to steal the show in several of the scenes he was in Then, Omarosa and her malevolent manipulations were in their full splendor leading up the climax Plus, Lott had an interesting turn, essentially hitting the streets like a guy with a death wish, a bit like a suicidal Charles Bronson in at least one scene.I m not sure if the book offers the kind of conclusion readers expect from the conventional urban fantasy novels, but Maurice s trilogy is anything but conventional and if it is, then someone point me to those books, please Dialogue, keen sense of history through the setting, and fully fleshed relationships help make this novel and the series stand out from the pack Now that Maurice is finished with Breton Court for now I ll be keeping an eye out for his next project The back cover of the book proclaims THE WIRE meets EXCALIBUR in this stunning fantasy from the dark streets of America It s an apt description of this entire trilogy, and once again Maurice Broaddus does not fail to impress On the surface, the idea of retelling the Arthurian cycle in Indianapolis seems too high concept to work But Broaddus doesn t simply retell the classic Arthurian stories in modern dress he alters storylines, conflates characters, and changes relationships throughout The back cover of the book proclaims THE WIRE meets EXCALIBUR in this stunning fantasy from the dark streets of America It s an apt description of this entire trilogy, and once again Maurice Broaddus does not fail to impress On the surface, the idea of retelling the Arthurian cycle in Indianapolis seems too high concept to work But Broaddus doesn t simply retell the classic Arthurian stories in modern dress he alters storylines, conflates characters, and changes relationships throughout his trilogy to make the story his own and allow it to breath Le Morte d Arthur, John Boorman s Excalibur, and even The Sword in the Stone may be his touchstones, but the execution is pure Broaddus.In this final installment, King is recovering from his betrayal at the hands of Lady G and Lott, and while he licks his wounds the world goes on around him I think it takes real courage as a writer, real trust in your relationship with your readers, to keep your title character off stage for 75% of the final novel in a trilogy Broaddus does this, and it works perhaps too well The scenes that King is actually active in as opposed to just being mentioned carry a weight that I didn t feel was always present in the first two books despite the fact that the author has regularly switched POV away from King in portions of every volume Which is not to say that 75% of the book is filler The King centric chapters have the weight they do because we as readers know what else is going on with his circle of confidantes and with his enemies even when King doesn t And of course, we as readers have the burden, like Merle, of knowing how it all has to end, because like Merle, we ve lived read it before I ve read a lot of Arthurian fiction, and Broaddus still had me hoping that maybe this time the story would end differently, because over three books I ve come to care not just for King but for all of his circle in all of their imperfectness.I ve commented in reviews on the previous two books about the dream like quality of Broaddus writing it continues here The narration is not necessarily completely linear characters timelines overlap in odd ways that occasionally have you thinking wait, wasn t he just I could have sworn the way the best dreams nightmares do Some might mistake this as poor plotting, but I think the point the author is making is similar to Poe all that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream The fluidity of point of view and time are a vital part of what makes this series stand out so the original story cycles were full of odd time overlaps and name changes and Broaddus plays with that conceit expertly I love it and hope he tellsstories in this style and perhaps even in this cycle There are a lot of secondary characters I d love to see the author explore in novellas of their own, and plenty of stories Broaddus could tell without having to craft a direct sequel I think I enjoyed thisthan I enjoyed the second book the first is still my favourite , but I felt a little bit like I got the abridged version I would have likedof it, especially the bits with the holy grail Still, now that I ve finished them all, I have a tremendous appreciation for this series as a whole it s both imaginative and grounded, and I think the legend translates astonishingly well. *Free ↚ King's War ↵ FROM THE DRUG GANGS OF DOWNTOWN INDIANAPOLIS, THE ONE TRUE KING WILL ARISEKing has been betrayed, but he has no time to lick his wounds he has to draw his people together to fight the ultimate foe in this conclusion to the stunning Knights of Breton Court trilogyFile Under Urban Fantasy Street Gangs Drug Wars Wild Magic Betrayal e book ISBN Ai uitat să râzi THE ONE TRUE KING WILL ARISEKing has been betrayed Der 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