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Sir Lucas is butler to King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table - the person who managed every quest from behind the scenes. He's a man whose average working day involved defeating witches and banishing werewolves, while ensuring the Royal pot of tea never crossed the thin line separating 'brewed' from 'stewed.' What's more, 1,500 years after that golden age, he's still doing it - here in the ...
Sir Lucas is butler to King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table - the person who managed every quest from behind the scenes. He's a man whose average working day involved defeating witches and banishing werewolves, while ensuring the Royal pot of tea never crossed the thin line separating 'brewed' from 'stewed.' What's more, 1,500 years after that golden age, he's still doing it - here in the modern world, right under our noses.
When King Arthur and six of his knights are exposed as living among us, Merlin is unleashed and a grim apocalypse unfolds, uncovering secrets from the past that King Arthur would rather stay buried. When Lucas is forced to confront his own peculiar destiny, will he choose to sacrifice his true love and lay down his life in the service of his master?
Sleepless Knightsis a tale of high adventure and warm humor, with a spring in its step, a twinkle in its eye and, at its heart, theultimatebutler.
I suggest you find something to hold on to, I said. I fancy this will be somewhatunorthodox.
I edged the car onto the embankment at the side of the road, which got progressively steeper the closer we got to the tanker. Realising that I was not about to stop for him, or indeed his vehicle, the driver ran for the safety of the surrounding fields. Between the cab of the tanker and the side of the road there was a gap exactly half the width of the Jaguar. I took the last few metres of the embankment attopspeed.
The car swung up onto its right side. The wheels left the ground, and we shot up and clear through the gap. The weight of the Grail on the roof turned us upside down in mid-air, and the momentum of the jump flipped us back round again in a perfect side roll. We landed upright on the road, on the other side of the tanker, just as its enginecaughtfire.
The world exploded.
Mark Williams' dazzling d?but shakes up Arthurian legend into a wildly inventive, roller coaster ride of thrills, hilarity, dark fantasy and brilliant characterisation all written with an exquisite elegance befitting the originality of the tale. Treat yourself. -- Muriel Gray (THE TRICKSTER, FURNACE, THE ANCIENT)
Wonderful neo-chivalric highjinks. Williams gleefully takes the training wheels off the Arthurian cycle. -- Mike Carey (THE UNWRITTEN, the FELIX CASTOR novels)
Who would have thought that a mash-up between Jeeves and King Arthur would result in such a charmingly bonkers adventure? SLEEPLESS KNIGHTS has the kind of silly energy that inspired MONTY PYTHON and TIME BANDITS, and plays out like a modern-day version of THE SWORD IN THE STONE. It's clearly the Arthurian epic PG Wodehouse never got around to writing. Grail-tastic fun for all ages. -- Christopher Fowler (FILM FREAK, HELL TRAIN, the BRYANT & MAY MYSTERIES
One of the most imaginative and original books I have read in ages. This type of out there fiction is right up my street. Give me more! -- Darren Craske (ABOVE HIS STATION, BEFORE HIS TIME, the CORNELIUS QUAINT CHRONICLES)