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Grail Prince

(Le Prince du Graal #1)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  513 ratings  ·  25 reviews
The wheel is turning and the world will change. . . . And a son of Lancelot, with a bloody sword and a righteous heart, shall renew the Light in Britain before the descent of savage dark. . . .

So spoke the Lady of the Lake. Now her grim prophecy is coming true. King Arthur lies dead, struck down along with Mordred, his son and heir, and the greatest knights of Camelot. Of
Paperback, 528 pages
Published January 1st 2003 by Del Rey
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May 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
(4.5) "There is no one left. Pendragon is no more."

The battle of Camlann is over, Arthur is dead and Britain is shattered into pieces once again. Guinevere has retired to a nunnery and a heart-broken Lancelot returns to his Kingdom across the sea. Lancelot's young son Galahad was charged by Arthur to find the buried treasures that can reunite Britain once again and is joined by his twelve-year-old cousin Percival, now King of Gwynedd upon his father's death (although his uncle rules as regent).
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I think that Nancy McKenzie is the best modern day novelist of Arthurian legend.
I thought Queen of Camelot was fantastic, and Grail Prince is just as wonderful, in this rich, intoxicating page turner.
This one takes up the narrative of Galahad, son of Lancelot King of Lanescol, who Arthur has chosen to find the Holy Grail, and the the redeeming spear and sword as the only way that Britain can be saved.
Galahad is absorbed by his hatred of his father who he believes to have cruelly treated his moth
Mar 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arthuriana
**Before starting: I marked this book as -read- but the truth is..I've come very close to the end of this book, but I don't think I'm gonna EVER finish it. Sorry, I just couldn't.**

This is the typical example of how a mediocre* writer should not write about a character she/he hates.

McKenzie has declared that she strongly disliked Galahad's character. And believe me, I didn't need to be told that, it's clearly shown in the book. You can tell she doesn't like him by the amount of hate for Galahad
Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms)
Mar 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Readers of Queen of Camelot
Beautiful read and whether it officially is a sequel to Queen of Camelot - it should be. This is the story of Lancelot's son, Galahad who we met in Queen of Camelot. We read about him in Guenevere's words as she so beautifully tells the story of Arthur, her beloved husband, and Lancelot, her first and always love. Queen of Camelot is my favorite of the Arthur legend books I have read, and Nancy McKenzie wrote of true and unselfish love like I have never experienced in this wonderful legend.

Feb 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Arthurian legend and other books by Nancy McKenzie
For a long time, I did not touch this book. Its predecessors, The Child Queen and The High Queen (later combined into The Queen of Camelot), had been my favorite books since high school when they were first released. I read them numerous times throughout the years, but then did not return to them for a long time while my life was busy with other things. Recently, I read them again and it felt like coming home. I had always been afraid that reading this book about Galahad, one of my least favorit ...more
Mar 09, 2019 rated it did not like it
The Grail Prince is McKenzie's sequel to her Guinevere novel, but it is mostly placed in the last years of Arthur and the years after the king's death. The most peculiar thing about this book is that Nancy McKenzie despises Galahad as a character, and she decided to take this book as a challenge to write about a protagonist that she does not like. Sadly, the novel is not about finding the balance with Galahad, or managing to explore a character she hates, to be able to understand him, but simply ...more
Ho letto Queen of Camelot nel 2012 (le mie prime recensioni, ossia abbastanza tempo fa per ricordarmi le seguenti cose: che l'Arthur della McKenzie era notevole, che ha la tendenza a fare dei suoi protagonisti delle Mary Sue stranamente sopportabili, e che - nonostante tutto - il libro mi era piaciuto.
Per il resto è passato troppo tempo perchè riesca a ricordare i dettagli precisi, e ho affrontato il seguito con un po' di confusione su un paio di dettagli: è l'autrice che si è contraddetta, o so
Cara Palermo
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: camelot
I spent a fair amount of this book thinking Galahad is a giant twat. He definitely is. But it's an interesting character trait and I ended up LOVING him. Dandrane is my #1 though. ...more
Dec 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Jun 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
I read this book because I had heard Nancy McKenzie's Queen of Camelot book was really good, but my library didn't have that one. The Grail Prince was a very well-thought out story about the son of Lancelot, Galahad. He is raised by a weird mother and an absent father. Needless to say, he has some issues.

McKenzie keeps switching to different periods of Galahad's life, not writing them in order. When the book first starts he is 15 and then we learn about things that happened when he was 5 and so
Jan 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I think I like this one better than Queen of Camelot, if that is possible!!! Nancy Mckenzie brings Galahad to life! I was however quite surprised of how much of this book is a "retelling" of Queen of Camelot in Galahad's point of view.

I enjoyed the way McKenzie went back and forth through Galahad's childhood and adulthood. I also love her short chapters and how she divides up her books in smaller "books." Her vivid descriptions bring sooo much to life. An example of her creative imagery,

"Bare h
Jun 05, 2013 rated it liked it
This is second in part of a trilogy, I've discovered, with "Queen of Camelot" first and the Tristan and Isolde story last. I don't know that "Grail Prince" would be that interesting by itself, b/c it seems a main function (in addition to the grail quest, obviously) is to fill in the blanks from "Queen of Camelot," so that book should definitely be read first, so this one makes sense. I did like the themes of redemption throughout, both for Galahad himself, Lancelot, Guinevere, etc. And the "tria ...more
Elizabeth Nesbit-comer
Jul 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Jun 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! This is not a sequel to "Queen of Camelot" but I think you will enjoy it WAY more having read "Queen of Camelot" first! (There's a lot that happens in this book that correlates with the other and adds more depth to what's going on). It's the type of book that you love and then hate and then love and then hate and then has an excellent message and is very well written. I do have to say - I hate the cover...that is not how I pictured him at all! : ) ...more
Sep 11, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult-fiction
In spite of the hunky/scary guy on the cover, this one is not a bodice-ripping romance. In fact, while there is romance, this couldn't even remotely be categorized as one. It is an interesting take on Arthurian legends (though McKenzie does a bit of myth re-writing), but it just didn't do much for me. Ah, well. ...more
Erin Davis
Jul 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really did not like Galahad for two-thirds of this book. He was self-righteous and a huge jerk. But he redeemed himself towards the end, and I found myself liking him and cheering his search for the Grail,despite his failings.
Although Mckenzie is a wonderful writer and creates very vivid reinterpretations of Arthurian legends, Galahad is an almost unreadable character. I found I did not wish to finish the book on several occasions on account of the main character's attitudes and behaviours. ...more
Feb 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Wow, I did not expect to like this book, much less love it. My opinion of Galahad definitely changed as the story went on, although I wished that there was a little more development of Dandrane's character. ...more
Aug 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Another great book by Nancy McKenzie. Not as good as Queen of Camelot, but five stars in its own right.
Apr 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: arthurian
A nice re-read. A story about Galahad (Lancelot's son), set before and after Arthur dies. ...more
Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, arthurian
Not as strong as Queen of Camelot, but still very good. ...more
Jan 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love this book! It's a wonderfully unique and original take on the Arthurian legends. Galahad's journey is one I won't ever forget. This is Arthurian fantasy at its finest! ...more
Stephanie Pugh
May 10, 2008 rated it liked it
not nearly as good as queen of camelot.
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Nancy McKenzie is the author of several novels based on Arthurian tales. Guinevere’s Gift is her first novel for young adults. She lives in Danbury, Connecticut.

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