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Britain, 2052. In a world of war, disease and hunger the UK stands alone as a beacon of prosperity under an all-powerful ruling party. Life at new school Logres seems promising for fifteen-year-old Gwenhwyfar, and quickly she falls for the handsome and intelligent Arthur. When Arthur’s rival, the rebellious Lancelot, returns after a suspension, her heart is soon divided.

Kindle Edition, 518 pages
Published December 28th 2015 by M. L. Mackworth-Praed (first published December 5th 2015)
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M.L. Gwenhwyfar is the Welsh variant of Guinevere. The correct pronunciation for 'Gwenhwyfar' would be Gwen-hui-var.…moreGwenhwyfar is the Welsh variant of Guinevere. The correct pronunciation for 'Gwenhwyfar' would be Gwen-hui-var.(less)
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J.N. Bedout
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Set in the near future, this tale follows high school students as they peel through the layers of their authoritarian society. This is a modern fear extrapolated to a hard manifestation, and one that many people will be able to relate to. The opening third is more Mean Girls than Arthurian, but the key characters are introduced at a pace that is natural and does not overwhelm with too much information at once. The text flows easily and you can “hear” the typical teenager speech patterns seep thr ...more
Quirky Omega
I had been fortunate to receive a copy from the author and here's my honest review.

The first honest confession. For a very long period, I hadn't known that the book was around Arthurian legends and stories. So I'd been reading it and savouring it like a normal action fantasy. For some bizarre reason, I looked up the reviews on Goodreads for it, and to my embarrassment, realised that I had missed out the very thing that the book was inspired from. Blame it on my lack of knowledge. (I knew I shoul
Source: I downloaded this book via Kindle Unlimited.
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Title: The Future King: Logres
Series: The Future King #1
Author: M.L. Mackworth-Praed
Overall Rating: 5 stars

Admittedly, the Arthurian Legends hold a nostalgic place in my heart. As a child, I grew up being told them by my Dad and I loved them so much, this is something that has stayed with me as I've gotten older. I was so excited when I was told about this book! A modern take on these legends that I love so much? Yes please
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
Logres: The Future King is a story of the second coming of King Arthur set in a dystopian future Britain. Our MC, Gwen, recently moved from Wales to England with her parents and now has to join a new school. She basically immediately crushes on Arthur, makes some good friends, some not so good friends, and some enemies and all that while starting to question the system she's been growing up in and trying to figure out what she wants to do about this world.
Now, this review is a bit tricky, so I g
Jane Jago
Well written, but just not for me. Maybe I'm too old for it...

Brian Lang
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating future King Arthur story with several key twists to the theme. One, all of your Arthurian favorites are essentially in high school. Two, the future political climate is authoritarian and frightening (and depicts how things could worsen from our current IRL climate). I absolutely loved M.L.'s depiction of the future. It's extremely well done. It's not presented so much as an overt authoritarianism but as a creeping sense of the government applying authority in the name of public saf ...more
Mark Kloss
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a little darker than I expected, but a great and a polished read! It ended on quite a cliffhanger, so I am looking forward to the next installment!

It was quite a twist on the Arthurian legend, with a bit of a 1984 dystopian cross over. I think the author did a good job on pulling that off and I am curious as to how the Arthurian side will manage to weave through the dark space set up for book 2.
Kameron Williams
Dec 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A refreshing retelling of one of the oldest and most enthralling legends of medieval fantasy.

A modern--no--future take on the Arthurian legend, a creative twist that made things really interesting. The modern renditions of Arthur and Guinevere were especially inventive and tactfully done. It was interesting to see their stories play out. I was especially impressed how the author was able to switch the setting while still incorporating the chief archetypes that the original legend was known for.

This is an high school romance and novel about Guinevere and Arthur, set in the future, with some Lancelot-Guinevere-Arthur love triangle and activism/rebellion plot in it too.
First things first, I have to admit that I haven't read the blurb, when I started it. This is the 200th arthurian novel I've read (yay!) and I collect arthurian novels so for me the fact that it was arthurian was enough, I didn't need the blurb to convince me to read it as I consider a blurb a summary that will let people
Merril Anil
May 30, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Merril by: Kavita Ramesh
An order among chaos

First of all a huge thanks to Kavita Ramesh and the author herself for introducing me to the book and letting me have a copy of the book to read and review

Before I start with the review I just want to emphasize on one thing that the book definitely do stand apart from the usual high school themed book we see and I really feel that emerge beautifully through the proceeding of the book. In spite of being filled with teenagers and everything akin to their life,from crushes,
Robert Lampros
Jan 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An outstanding work of dystopian fiction, The Future King: Logres centers around Gwenhwyfar, a high school student who seeks a right path as her world grows increasingly dangerous. Set in mid-21st century England, Gwen and her friends must navigate a turbulent and mysterious political scene, oppressive school conditions, and the intricate landscape of their personal lives to survive and hopefully fulfill their destinies. M.L. Mackworth-Praed creates a multi-layered and inventive story, based on ...more
J.M. Hofer
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
In Logres, by M.L. Mackworth-Praed, the author offers a modern take on some of our most beloved Arthurian characters. Not surprisingly, Gwenhwyfar (Gwen) and Arthur star in the main roles. Lancelot is the “bad boy” in her telling, and Bedivere makes an appearance in a supporting role. She sets her story in a dystopian, politically-charged Britain approximately 30 years in the future.

Gwen and her parents have moved from Wales to Logres, where Gwen finds herself in the awkward role of “the new gir
K.T. Munson
Jul 31, 2018 rated it liked it

I had a really hard time connecting with Gwen. I think if I was a teenager this might have been easier but I am not. There is a lot of teenage angst in this book. Trouble and high emotions. The two love interests of Gwen aren't that much better—Arthur is self-righteous and Lancelot overly jerkish. However, they both have redeeming qualities, just like Gwen. There are a lot of supporting characters but the author does an excellent job not overburdening the reader right at the beginning
John G. Stevens
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All I needed to hear was "Dysoptian Near-Future Arthurian Legend" and I was sold. However, upon getting into the book it immediately tore down my expectations. I'll break things down into pros and cons.

This is a very well-written book. The character actions and dialog are all top-notch and believable. (Even if they are petty teens most of the time. If you can't stand a bit of Highschool drama, perhaps this isn't the book for you.) The book flows very well from scene to scene. Characters are
Robert Bjork
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ernest Hemingway revised the last page of A Farewell to Arms 39 times. When asked what had stumped him, he replied, "Getting the words right." On the whole, M. L. Mackworth-Praed gets the words right in this dystopian novel set in post-Brexit Britain in 2052. A delight to read, the book is graced by a nuanced, delicate style attuned to the rich sounds and images occasioned by words and by the variegated rhythms emerging from varied syntactic constructions. If you revel in good prose as much as g ...more
Stephen Willis
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow this was quite a book.

It was disturbing to be honest, well written but the dystopia created was so close to home, so realistic of the direction our society could go that it gave me the creeps! I am a strong believer though that books should get some truth out, and I think this book achieves this in a big way, and I hope with the young adult protagonists it would bring awareness to a younger audience.

The main characters being school students creates this air of naivety and an insular enviro
Kai Mjaanes
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Future King is a fresh spin on the old Arthurian legend.

Set in a not to distant future the story introduces us to England as it is drifting towards an increasingly dystopian society. The political discussions, and the picturing of how fascism can develop even in a developed democracy is one of the strong sides to the story.

The story is set in a high school in Wales, and an other strong side to the story are the characters. It is subtle at first, and it took my some time before I caught it, b
Christy Nicholas
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a great retelling of a classic legend. I loved the names of the characters, echoes of the past myths. The political intrigue was exciting and well-woven. The slightly future world the author has created is realistic, dangerous, and interesting. I truly appreciate the characters being three-dimensional. The scene-setting is very well done without being overblown.

Despite his bad-boy status, I enjoyed the character of Lance very much. I loved the personal interactions of the characters and th
Carolyn Bowen
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Logres (The Future King, #1) captured my attention with its descriptive details and carefully crafted thoughts and feeling about coming of age. There was plenty of tension and friction between characters radiating into a full-blown suspense story. Logres ...more
S.W. Wilcox
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is my 9th Goodreads Indie author review since I joined in May 2017, about 6 months ago. 4 were close to film-ready, another 4 close to sci-fi channel tv-ready. This, "Logres," would fit into the 2nd category I think, and here are a few reasons. First-off, the CHARACTER descriptions are very fluid, very much modern and realistic, but in a way that needs to unfold naturally, rather than be forced into a shoot-'em-up, zombie-crawl, or thriller-romance mold. M.L.'s WRITING STYLE is superbly ada ...more
Mercedes Rochelle
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Without some prompting, I would not have associated LOGRES with the King Arthur legend aside from the characters’ names, but at least I had a pretty good idea how Arthur, Gwen, Morgan, and Lancelot were going to interact. Set a few decades into the future, this high school drama is close enough to today for us to recognize many of the trappings of the student world, and just far enough away for us not to be entirely sure where this uncomfortable future is heading. It takes a long time to get to ...more
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
LOGRES (The Future King, # 1) M.L. Mackworth-Praed

Fifteen-year-old Gwenhwyfar, the new Welsh girl at the Logres school in London, falls for a scholarly type named Arthur during a time of growing political turmoil a few decades from now...and dangerous complications arise.

This is not quite an Arthurian novel and not quite your typical YA dystopian novel, either. The setting is England in 2052 – although the daily technology in many places seemed to me to be closer to 2000. The government is proto
June Wilson
May 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a great young adult dystopian fantasy that draws heavily on Arthurian legend for its cast of characters and certain aspects of the plot. I'm a huge fan of the Arthurian myths and legends and loved the gradual introduction of all the main characters - Arthur, Gwen, (Guinevere), Bedivere, Morgan, Lancelot, Merlin (Marvin), etc. However, the strongest element of the book for me was the dystopian picture of the not too distant future (2052) - eerily prescient in the post-Brexit world, not to ...more
Frances Evelyn
Sep 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The main characters are teenagers who are getting on with doing the things that teenagers do, despite the sinister undercurrents of a dystopian world which is recognisably and realistically a development of our own: fake news, surveillance, populism, consumerism and sexual violence. Although that makes it sound hard-going, that's not at all the case. The story is well written, immaculately proofread and engrossing. The characters are carefully drawn, complex and convincing. ...more
Leah Chalmers
Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: indie
This book was great though depressing. It is a very Orwellian look at society and depressing just in the way the author really took a lot of current events and showed very realistically how we could end up in an awful police state.

Very well written and kept me interested the whole way. Personally the whole Arthurian thing was interesting, but I didn't necessarily feel the book needed it..but let's see where the author goes with it in the series.
Glyn Hnutu-healh
Great book!
Jul 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow! I don't have any words to describe what I just read. Logres is definitely one of those books that leaves you feeling kind of shocked in a good way! ...more
Kelly Diserens
Apr 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I first started reading it I didn't have the time to sit and properly engage with the story so it took me a little while to get to grips with the characters and develop an interest in them. Having said that, once I had more available time, I really wanted to find out what happened to the characters. The idea of setting the Arthurian legend in the future is a really good one and the way that the society is described, with the 'big brother' mentality of the government, definitely left me with ...more
Dec 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm a novice when it comes to the Arthurian legends. The blurry line between history and myth is of course a fascinating one, and leaves plenty of room to work with in fiction. The Future King, as the title suggests, takes that line into the future and runs wild with it. I started reading without any idea what to expect, and kept reading until its thundering conclusion 500 pages later. Can't wait for the sequel. ...more
Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-have
I really did like this story, although I am usually not the type to enjoy any kind of historic fiction.
The way the story was build was really pleasant and easy to read. Such a petty the next book is not a sure thing (yet?).

If you do not like open ends maybe you should not read this, because the open ending is quite obvious and can bother you. But all in all, it is a good and enjoyable story.
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I'm a prolific doodler, which over the years has translated into being an illustrator; a here-there artist who dabbles with embroidery, and a keen writer with a taste for fantasy, sci-fi and young adult fiction. In May 2020 I self-published my second novel, The Future King: Logres 2, an Arthurian second-coming set in dystopian 2052 Britain. If you like YA Fantasy or love the Arthurian legends then ...more

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