Perilous Times

Ballantine. May 2023. 496p. ISBN 9780593499016. $28.99. FANTASY
DEBUT In this reimagining of King Arthur and his round table, the knights made bargains with old wizards and even older gods in order to return whenever Britain was in peril. When Kay and Lancelot rise in this near-future dystopia, Britain and the world are on the brink of extinction as global warming turns apocalyptic. The lowlands are flooded, dragons have risen, and someone is playing with magic. The fun part of this debut novel is following along as Kay and Lancelot roll with the punches. But the beating, breaking heart of the story rests with Mariam and her Feminist Environmentalist Transgressive Alliance, who are determined to keep on trying to save the world, no matter who or what stands in their way, which puts them in opposition to Arthur, Morgan le Fay, and all the demons who are just itching to return from the void. The conflict gives the story a breakneck pace and a compelling urgency that pulls readers along on a wild, glorious, and epic ride.
VERDICT Highly recommended for lovers of Arthurian reinterpretations and climate-disaster thrillers.
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