Steven Savile has written novels and short story collections such as The Hollow Earth, Temple: Incarnations, Laughing Boy's Shadow, Houdini's Last Illusion, Angel Road, and the graphic novel Fragrance of You (with artist Robert Sammelin). He was a runner up in the 2000 British Fantasy Awards, a winner of a 2002 Writers of the Future Award, and was nominated for the inaugural 2006 Scribe Award for best novel adaptation for his novel Slaine: The Exile. His novel Primeval: Shadow of the Jaguar was nominated for the 2008 Scribe Award for Best Young Adult Novel.
The Black Chaliceby Steven Savile
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Son of a knight and aspirant to the Round Table, Alymere yearns to take his place in the world, and for a quest to prove his worth. He comes across the foul Devil's Bible - said to have been written in one night by an insane hermit - which leads and drives him, by turns, to seek the unholy Black Chalice. On his quest he will face, and overcome, dire obstacles and cunning enemies, becoming a knight of renown; but the ultimate threat is to his very soul. Malory's Knights of Albion: The Black Chalice is the start of an exciting new series of never-before-seen Arthurian adventures.
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When the Ultimate Grimoire of Evil turns up; bad things have a tendency of happening. Alymere, knight-aspirant and newly come to Camelot, finds his world turned upside down when the Uncle he believes he hates takes him in at their King's request. As the story continues we discover more of Alymere's heritage and that things aren't as black and white as they first seem - even if the eventual truth is horrifying and numbing to one of so noble of belief. A chance encounter (mayhap no chance involved) plunges Alymere on a quest of passion and self-destruction that leads him to follow the voices in his head and risk everything for his Heart, ultimately pitting him and the Evil in the book against the power of the throne and the Knights to whom he swore his oaths. There's action, mystery, beautifully rendered scenes of emotional turmoil and above it all, the certainty that the story has no happy ending, but perhaps resolution and balance can be found.