The enticement of Rowley's re-
imagining of the Camelot legend
is how cleverly she manipulates
the myths surrounding Arthur, Guinevere and Lancelot, adding
touches of reality and twists of
plot that leave us to wonder
what might have been. But this
is not a tale for readers rooted
in the legend; it's for those willing
to see another side of Camelot
and indulge in a simply written medieval romance.

First Knight Lancelot du Lac is infallible in battle as long as he keeps his vows to Arthur. But there are times he thinks his gift is also a curse. In an attempt at normalcy, and to please the queen, he poses as an ordinary knight entering a tournament. On the way, he stops at Corbenic Castle.

Elaine of Corbenic is trying to hold her family and home together while her father becomes increasingly obsessed with finding the Holy Grail, and her brother, maimed by Lancelot in a joust, drinks. The kindly knight who rides into the keep could be her salvation, but that is before she learns his true identity. Lancelot is forced to choose between his pride and Elaine to set his life on track and be free of the curse that binds him to Camelot. (Jove, Sep., 350 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin