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( Read Epub ) µ King's Justice ë FROM THE DRUG GANGS OF DOWNTOWN INDIANAPOLIS, THE ONE TRUE KING WILL ARISE Guided by the crazed visions of his advisor Merle, King knows that he must unite the opposing factions, before the streets erupt in all out war But how can he preach peace when even his own warriors are plotting against him A heart stopping mix of ancient myth and powerful gang action, from the author of King MakerFile Under Urban Fantasy Street gangs Drug wars Wild magic Gather darkness Touch Not the Cat THE ONE TRUE KING WILL ARISE Guided by the crazed visions of his advisor Merle The Charmer’s Box King knows that he must unite the opposing factions The Charmer’s Box: Poetry before the streets erupt in all out war But how can he preach peace when even his own warriors are plotting against him A heart stopping mix of ancient myth and powerful gang action Red Roots (Vampire Empire, from the author of King MakerFile Under Urban Fantasy Street gangs Drug wars Wild magic Gather darkness Frustrating Maurice Broaddus CAN write but this book is plotless and lacks character depth Somehow, King becomes a messiah, the Godfather of the ghetto without reason, there is little written about the rise in respect and cred of King, only that people follow and heed his order As does KING MAKER, this book suffers from too many characters playing too little roles The fantastical elements also seemed an afterthought, had this been a pure crime maybe I would ve bumped it up a star it just d Frustrating Maurice Broaddus CAN write but this book is plotless and lacks character depth Somehow, King becomes a messiah, the Godfather of the ghetto without reason, there is little written about the rise in respect and cred of King, only that people follow and heed his order As does KING MAKER, this book suffers from too many characters playing too little roles The fantastical elements also seemed an afterthought, had this been a pure crime maybe I would ve bumped it up a star it just didn t read well for me King s Justice by Maurice BroaddusArthurian legend belongs to all of us, and just occasionally a work of fiction comes along that really brings that home.Back in the Seventies, our family headed off to the West Country every summer It felt like a personal quest for the world of Arthurian legend I never found it, but then few archeologists have been able to locate physical evidence of Arthur s existence, so I was in good company In this recasting of Arthurian legend, Broaddus doesn t pull any King s Justice by Maurice BroaddusArthurian legend belongs to all of us, and just occasionally a work of fiction comes along that really brings that home.Back in the Seventies, our family headed off to the West Country every summer It felt like a personal quest for the world of Arthurian legend I never found it, but then few archeologists have been able to locate physical evidence of Arthur s existence, so I was in good company In this recasting of Arthurian legend, Broaddus doesn t pull any punches and that was one of the key selling points for me King James White, adviser Merle and lover Lady G live on the west side of Indianapolis King s tough enough to survive its myriad challenges and protect those he cares about His Christian faith keeps him grounded but he is tormented by troubling dreams Locked in dark thought, King believed dreams to be important Merleso His dreams lingered with him, coming unbidden between moments Snatches of images Dragons took to the air against smoke filled skies Razed buildings Cars on fire King hasn t had an easy upbringing either All King knew was that he was dead and gone.He missed having a father, that firmness that could put him in check Then his Mom got hooked on drugs King could never remember having a one to one conversation with her after that King hasthan drug related crime and the police to worry about Just like his predecessor, King also has to fight the machinations of his adversary Morgana Her face cold and composed, not betraying any emotion other than her cruel smile A fierce intention rode her eyes Morgana was an agenda within a scheme Her presence signaled trouble at the very least We continue to be fascinated by Arthurian legend Fantasy has a track record of having its characters intrude upon our world Susan Cooper s Dark is Rising sequence or for us to pay a visit to theirs Mark Twain s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur s Court Broaddus combines this literary heritage into something fresh a satisfyingly immersive recasting of the traditional legend in today s world He gives us an Arthur who speaks to us right now.Downtown Indianapolis really works as a location for Arthurian legend retold King personifies the very best attributes of Arthur The key players are all there, fulfilling roles we recognise from the original legends And just like the Arthurian world, the action takes place in a tough environment where men use violence as a first resort and authority is constantly under attack from the Dark Arts.In a genre where the traditional retellings of Arthurian legend can end up being a trifle stale, I loved the originality of this book Urban fantasy at its best Since those childhood holidays, I ve never stopped longing for signs of the real Arthur The simple truth is, we were looking in the wrong place Instead of driving over Tower Bridge and onwards past Stonehenge, we should have peeled off at Heathrow and flown to Atlanta or New York, for a connecting flight to Indianapolis Had we done so, we d have found the world of Arthur laid out before us.Enjoy I m liking this world that Maurice Broaddus has created here I like how he s weaving the myth into this world, it s very finely done which works well and is nice to see.The characters have some good depth to them, you get the feeling that each one really does have an agenda they re trying to push.I ll definitely be checking out the final book in the trilogy in the near future. I m putting King s Justice down 160 pages in, or roughly at halfway point in the book, and I can t recall when I ve feltcheated by a sequel I loved the first book in this series, King Maker, but even then, I d noted that the book spenttime with the villains than it did with the heroes This felt fitting to me in the first book, because Arthurian legends aren t so much about King Arthur as they are about his kingdom Nevertheless, I assumed that with the street gangs in King s Indian I m putting King s Justice down 160 pages in, or roughly at halfway point in the book, and I can t recall when I ve feltcheated by a sequel I loved the first book in this series, King Maker, but even then, I d noted that the book spenttime with the villains than it did with the heroes This felt fitting to me in the first book, because Arthurian legends aren t so much about King Arthur as they are about his kingdom Nevertheless, I assumed that with the street gangs in King s Indianapolis hood having fallen apart, the second book would beabout King and his crew of knights No, instead, we re introduced to a group of gang bangers so similar that even if one is fae and the other is a human haunted by his childhood encounter with the lady of the lake, there s virtually no difference in their methods of running gangs Both men strive to look hard in everything they do, and as a result, neither man has any personality, nor do they give readers any reason to ride shotgun with them.I think that if this were an gangland urban fantasy without trying to cling to Arthurian legend, it might have worked If I were rating this as a standalone novel with no connection to King Arthur, my expectations would be vastly different But this second book in an Arthurian series is a bait and switch, and the heroes have not had a role in this story at all They re an afterthought Everyone is an afterthought, and I ve struggled to make it this far due to a wandering, head hopping narration and a lack of direction for any character, good or bad More andnew characters are piled on, and I just don t care about any of them.Another problem is the depiction of all women in this book I realize that the author is trying to show how these gangstas and hustlers think, but given the amount of head hopping already going on, I would have liked to see somethingsubstantial in the way of character development for the ladies returning from the first book But even when they are given time to develop, it s in repetitive ways that seem to reinforce that all women are just sneaky hos looking for a way up the food chain.My breaking point finally came when a gang lieutenant is given The Ring, allowing him to turn invisible and beat a larger man with impunity Cribbing The Hobbit in the middle of what was supposed to be a retelling of King Arthur s legend was one plot device too far, and I only made it another five pages before I decided to drop the story Even the return of Dred Mordred couldn t keep me locked in this dull pattern of self destructive posturing.Given how much I gushed over the first book, I really wanted this to go somewhere, and it never did This story loses focus so badly that even though I bought the third book, King s War, I m not going to bother reading it either With apologies to the author, whom I have great respect for due to his much better writing in The Devil s Marionette and King Maker, I give King s Justice 1 star Again, I feel like the victim of a bait and switch I was told to expect a story of the Knights of Indianapolis, and instead I am forced to ride with a gang of unmemorable and unlikable knaves instead