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By Force Alone by Lavie Tidhar

By Force Alone

Lavie Tidhar

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Category: Fantasy, Fiction, Adventure
Imprint: Head of Zeus
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Publication date: 5 Mar 2020
ISBN: 9781838931278

Everyone thinks they know the story of King Arthur and his knights of the Round Table. But this is a historical novel with a difference.

4 stars out of 5
James Lovegrove
27 Mar 2020

"It’s safe to say the intent is as much ironic as iconoclastic"

The new novel from Lavie Tidhar, who delights in subverting literary and pulp-fiction stereotypes, tilts at Arthurian legend. Here, the Knights of the Round Table, far from pursuing noble quests and standing up for chivalry, are carving up the country for their own benefit. They swear, fornicate, slaughter and generally behave like horse-borne, sword-swinging mafiosi. While all the expected elements are present — dragons, Excalibur, the Green Knight, Merlin and his magics and so on — each is audaciously undermined. 

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