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The Greenstone Grail
by Amanda Hemingway

Category: Fiction / Fantasy
0 pages; ISBN: 0345481879

Rating: 9/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner

Review

The Greenstone Grail
Amanda Hemingway
Del Rey, Mar 2005, $16.95
ISBN: 0345481879

Annie Ward giving birth to Nathan is more than just extraordinary since her only lover died in a car accident long before she could have conceived. However, in spite of his unexplained origin, Nathan is raised by Bartlemy, a weird wizard looking creature. When he is eleven, Nathan comes across an ancient looking alter that was buried over time. Soon he dreams of a green cup containing blood and a world dying due to a plague.

As the nocturnal visions continue with more depth each night, Nathan begins taking treks on the astral plane to other places like the devastated Eos. The green cup that Bartlemy recognizes as the Grail surfaces on earth, but someone takes it to Eos to save the people from the plague. However, the timing is wrong and wider devastation could occur if Nathan fails to retrieve the Grail while back on earth his guardian and his mother struggle with those who recognize the lad’s gifts and want to use them for their own personal gain.

This exciting modern day version of King Arthur is a terrific tale that grips the audience from the moment Nathan finds the alter. The tale never slows down as the lad goes on adventures starting in his dreams, changing into astral visits, and finally on his quest. The support cast whether they try to protect the lad or use/destroy him add depth to the opening tale of what should be a fine Arthurian saga.

Harriet Klausner

 

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