J. Robert King


Reviews

Praise for The Shadow of Reichenbach Falls

“The popular fantasy novelist (readers know him better as J. Robert King) joins the ranks of Sherlock Holmes pastiche-ists with this thoroughly enjoyable novel. . . . We’re off on a fast-paced adventure that pits Holmes against his nemesis, the Napoleon of crime, Professor Moriarty. A good standard for judging the quality of a Holmes pastiche is to ask whether the novel would still be a good one if it were not about the great detective. On that score, the novel succeeds completely: it is a fine historical thriller that stands on its own two feet, but it also offers a tantalizing solution to the question of what happened after the events of Conan Doyle’s story “The Final Problem,” in which Holmes apparently died. A treat for Holmes devotees.

— David Pitt, Booklist


“From the first page I was hooked. . . . This is a marvelous read!”

—Elaine Bergstrom, author of Shattered Glass and Mina…the Dracula Story Continued

The Shadow of Reichenbach Falls is a rousing mystery–adventure wreathed in the smoke of Holmes’s meerschaum pipe and bathed in the eerie light of Carnacki’s electric pentacle. Deftly told and exciting.”

—James Lowder, author of Prince of Lies

 

Praise for the Mad Merlin Trilogy

“More than anything else—the deft writing, the astounding battles, or the intellectual thrill of relating King’s unique slant on Arthurian legend to other writers’ versions—it is that vision that make this novel special. Morgan becomes and remains a sympathetic figure, no matter how atrocious her actions. Whatever damage she wreaks in the battle for Camelot, there remains in her something of the precious and precocious young girl who had an ecstatic vision of a beauty so great, and a future so dire, that she must do whatever was in her power to midwife the one while preventing the other.”

Publishers Weekly

“Only a talented storyteller like J. Robert King can make a woman like Morgan le Fey sympathetic and understandable. . . . Le Morte d’Avalaon is a fresh and colorful interpretation of the Arthurian mythos reading like a ballad sung by troubadours of yesteryear.”

—Harriet Klausner, Books-n-Bytes

“One of the primary accomplishments of this trilogy is that the style and worldview remain consistent, even while the tone does not. The writing is consistently lyrical, literate in its command of both language and lore. . . . Merlin and Arthur’s story is all kinetic adventure, Lancelot and Guinevere’s a tale of lovers caught between two worlds. Readers are likely to find Morgan’s story brilliant, blasphemous, or both. It suggests a new reason why people look back upon Arthurian times as a golden age—and why this shining era could not last.”

—Elaine Cunningham, author of Wind Walker

“A distinctive and agreeable spin to the story of Camelot. . . . Action fans will thrill to his frequent and well-told accounts of battles, both material and magical. Creative plot twists abound.”

Publishers Weekly

“King does everything well—characters, prose, plot, humor, drama. The story never stalls, and his descriptions conjure images that are easy to visualize—with writing like this, who needs movies and special effects? Mad Merlin starts out great and keeps getting better. My only complaint is that the book ends.”

Locus

“Drawing on ancient Norse, Celtic, and Roman myths, King crafts an unusual blend of history and legend that should appeal to fans of the Arthurian cycle.”

Library Journal

“A nicely written and engaging perspective on the wizard’s actual identity, the book’s sad in spots, funny in others and a worthwhile read.”

San Diego Union-Tribune

“If you want a sumptuous fantasy feast by a fearless author, try Mad Merlin.”

—John Dalmas