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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This ambitious fantasy combines three very British stories: an Arthurian fable, a Victorian murder mystery and a modern-day YA adventure tale… The hinted interconnections between the three tales are complex and fascinating… a rollicking ride."
– Publishers Weekly

"Chris Roberson’s ambitious quest for the Holy Grail that intermingles all three ages to truly entertaining effect."
– Geek Monthly

"…a triple-threaded tale…. a spectacular collection of secrets, murky underworld organizations, and everything from time travel to magical swords. In the dizzying conclusion, time lines converge in a satisfying reimagining of a very old story."
– Booklist

Publishers Weekly

This ambitious fantasy combines three very British stories: an Arthurian fable, a Victorian murder mystery and a modern-day YA adventure tale. A strange visitation sends young father Galaad to Caer Llundain in the year 498. American teenager Alice Fell, who gets holy visions during epileptic seizures, makes a similar pilgrimage to London in 2000. In 1897, as Queen Victoria celebrates her jubilee, consulting detective Sandford Blank and his sidekick, Roxanne Bonaventure, investigate a series of brutal murders. The hinted interconnections between the three tales are complex and fascinating, but as the stories come together, the novel disintegrates into a confusing mélange of ancient computers from the future, overlapping characters and objects moving through time and space. Though it jumps the tracks at the end, Roberson (Paragaea) still makes this a rollicking ride. (Dec.)

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Children's Literature - Monserrat Urena
In this book, three separate story/time lines intersperse. The first story focuses on a lonely teenager named Alice Fell. She is being tormented on all sides by dark beings and is being driven towards an inevitable destiny. The second character lives a century earlier. Sandford Blank is a consulting detective who, along with his partner Roxanne Bonaventure, has been called in to solve a series of murders that are taking place on the eve of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee. The third character, from the sixth century, is Galaad. He is dreaming of a lady in white. Spurred on by his dreams he heads toward the court of the high King Artor in Londinium. All three stories are connected by the importance of or search for the Holy Grail. I can only imagine just how challenging it must have been to write this book. Even one or two story lines can be complicated let alone three. Despite the fact that the three story lines are balanced well, I often found myself with very little interest in Galaad's story. In the end he detracted from both Sandford and Alice, their stories being far more compelling. I also had a particular interest in reading more about the characters set in the Victorian age. The fortunate thing is that this author has written other books with these characters, allowing readers the chance to know them better. To summarize, this is an epic book and it is successful on several levels. It is not without some flaws but it makes an interesting read, especially for those who are interested in new ways of envisioning grail lore. Reviewer: Monserrat Urena
Library Journal

In sixth-century Londinium, young knight Galaad follows his visions to the castle of King Artor and the search for the Holy Grail. Victorian London houses consulting detective Sandford Blank and his assistant, Roxanne Bonaventure, who hunt for a serial killer whose motive is the location of the grail. In 20th-century London, American teenager Alice Fell is on the run, pursuing strange visions that lead her as well to the sacred cup of the grail. Inevitably, the barriers between time and place deteriorate, bringing a group of seekers together in a cosmic confrontation between good and evil. The author of Here, There & Everywhere and The Voyage of Night Shining White blends high fantasy, Victorian mystery, and urban fantasy into one mesmerizing story that refreshes the Arthurian legend. For most fantasy collections.

—Jackie Cassada
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591026976
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 1/28/2009
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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  • Posted December 26, 2008

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    complex somewhat convoluted thriller

    In 498 a bizarre vision sends Galaad journeying to Caer Llundain. In 2000, American teenager Alice Fell suffers from epilepsy; during her seizures she has strange dreams that send her to London in 2000. In 1897, Detective Sandford Blank and his partner Roxanne Bonaventure investigate brutal serial killings.<BR/><BR/>Fifteen centuries apart yet all three people share much in common. There are three eras including Camelot, late Victorian and contemporary as diverse individuals struggle with visions that make no sense to any of them.<BR/><BR/>Compelling from the onset, but not easy to follow especially when the timelines ¿converge¿, END OF THE CENTURY is a complex somewhat convoluted thriller that brings the past, present and future together in the space-time continuum. The bewilderment of the prime players make each feel genuine as they struggle to understand what is going on yet they sense the time has come but not what or why. With a story line that is fascinating but paradoxically not fast-paced, set aside plenty of time to read this engaging multifaceted thriller.<BR/><BR/>Harriet Klausner

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