Book Review: The Never King by George Tyson

Title: The Never King
Author: George Tyson
Series: Possibly…
Publisher: The Bedwyr Press
Release Date: January 8, 2013

Book Summary:

The once-great democracies of the West are slowly crumbling. In Britain, there is talk of revolution as anti-government demonstrations are met with lethal force. Then in an obscure English country carnival, a young man pulls a sword out of a boulder and is hailed as Britain’s mythic savior, its Once and Future King.

Enter Peter Quince, a professor of theology whose specialty is the old folk religions of the Celts – the so-called “Fairy Faith.” He’s recruited for a manhunt in which he quickly becomes the hunted. His flight to save his life takes him across a prehistoric landscape and climaxes in a shocking confrontation in the ruined castle in which King Arthur was allegedly born. Along the way, he must summon his old courage and confront his secret fear that he’s always been insane.

Quantum mechanics and a wizard’s prophesy, future weapons and ancient legends, mankind’s fate and an undying love for a crazy, beautiful woman – they’re all right here in The Never King.


What a nice surprise this book is!  I wasn’t sure what to make of this book initially since I was expecting a bit of an Arthurian “redux” but this book was not anything like it.  I enjoyed the writing, character development, action and mystery this novel invoked.  A very unique story that takes place in the near future where our global social, political and planetary environment is at its ‘tipping point’ and how a mere historian encounters change in all aspects.  If you are hoping for a retelling of the Arthurian legend and will be upset if its not a retelling then don’t pick up this book.  However if you want a novel that has lots of action, intrigue, intelligence, magic, myths and more then, by golly, read this book. Fully recommend for most ages.

Rating: 4 stars

Content: Some violence

Source: Received this book via Member Giveaways.

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  1. I love Arthurian legend so thanks for the heads up that this isn’t a retelling of that! It does look really good though. I’ll be interested to read it 🙂

  2. You make this book sound very intriguing.

  3. Great review! I was hoping for the latter, I’m not a big fan of retellings. They never seem to be quite right.

  4. This sounds so good! I love the retelling but not retelling. What would you call that? 🙂 I love the Arthurian themes in the future.