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King Maker (Knights of Breton Court, #1) characters ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Å From the drug gangs of downtown Indianapolis the one true king will arise The King Arthur myth gets dramatically retold through the eyes of street hustler King as he tries to unite the crack dealers gangbangers and the monsG within them to do the right thing Broaddus' debut is a stunning edgy work genuinely unlike anything you've ever rea. I listened to this book from Audible and I have to admit I don't think I get it That's why I've chosen not to give it a star rating I understand it's a modern day inner city retelling of the King Arthur myths with the general idea of some magical forces being eternal and reincarnation explaining why Arthur is popping up in Indianapolis but that's not what this felt likeI know that doesn't make sense Let me try to explainAs a middle class white man I'm about as far as any American can get from these characters Additionally I only have a passing interest in the King Arthur legends so there's a ton of allusion and subtlety that no doubt flew right over my head I suspect that if I was like the characters or well versed in the Arthurian tradition I would have enjoyed this The whole first half of the book is just introducing characters I'm a fantasy reader so I'm no stranger to non linear storytelling from multiple points of view but this bounces around so much I found myself genuinely wondering who the protagonist was supposed to be I was pretty sure it was King who is clearly the King Arthur proxy but I barely ever saw him and he didn't really do much when I did I had a hard time keeping track of all the names that were thrown out and by the time things actually started happening to the main characters I was lost and confused as to who to root forThe first two thirds of the book are almost exclusively gangsters doing gangster stuff with vague hints of mystical underpinnings here and there Once you get to the last third it goes full on fantasy and feels very different I actually turned to my wife at one point and asked Are there in the King Arthur myths and she looked at me like I'd sprouted a second headI found the shift in theme and tone pretty jarring Also it isn't until the very end that King actually has to overcome any meaningful challenge Up until then he's just sort of a guy who doesn't want to do the gangster stuff everyone around him is involved inOverall I was hoping to be inspired to check out work depicting inner city life or at least dive deeper into the Arthurian tradition Sadly I didn't get that from King Maker My takeaway was really just that I should be thankful for all my blessings and never under any circumstances sell drugs I suppose that's not a bad moral to walk away withI don't doubt this book has an audience that would love it but I know it's not me I wish the author and those fans all the best

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Ld through the eyes of street hustler King as he tries to unite the crack dealers gangbangers and the monsters lurkin. Final Rating 510You can read my full length review at my Official Website Below is an overview of my thoughts on the bookOVERVIEWMaurice Broaddus’ ambitious and original re telling of the Arthurian legend playing out on the crime ridden streets of an African American neighbourhood in contemporary Indianapolis is notable for the author’s uncompromising commitment to authenticity in setting and characterisationWhile this ensures that King Maker is one of the most uniue urban fantasy novels out there it’s also guaranteed to alienate many readers The characters and dialogue will be difficult to relate to not to mention that Broaddus’ narrative is very much a slow burn that reuires increased patience to get throughNevertheless the book is certainly worth experiencing at least once I can honestly say I have yet to read another story like this King Maker isn’t simply a rehash of a familiar tale The author does a great job of doing something completely different with the source material adding his own uniue spin on the enduring legendSubscribe to my author NewsletterVist my Official Website and Personal BlogFollow me on social mediaFacebook | Lastfm | Pinterest | Tumblr | Twitter

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King Maker Knights of Breton Court #1From the drug gangs of downtown Indianapolis the one true king will arise The King Arthur myth gets dramatically reto. From the drug gangs of downtown Indianapolis the one true king will arise The King Arthur myth gets dramatically retold through the eyes of street hustler King as he tries to unite the crack dealers gangbangers and the monsters lurking within them to do the right thing Broaddus' debut is a stunning edgy work genuinely unlike anything you've ever readThe premise of King Maker is simply awesome and I wanted to love the book based on that alone I’m a big fan of the King Arthur mythology and the idea of such a uniue slant on the story had me extremely excited I found myself bewildered however as I worked my way through the bookI want to deal with the strengths of the novel first Maurice Broaddus’ writing creates a dangerous and authentic mood The language is fierce and evokes the gritty realism of life on the streets When the supernatural elements are introduced they drift through the novel like smoke leaving the reader gradually horrified as the end game is reached Broaddus’ horror background is evident; some of the events in King Maker sent chills down my spineWith all that said I didn’t enjoy King Maker for a number of reasonsIt is a relatively slight novel the first in a trilogy being published by Angry Robot books and yet I found it took me almost a week to plough through Part of this was thanks to the stop start nature of the plot and the bouncing around of timelines I found it extremely easy to put the book down rarely wanting to read on at the end of a chapter I became confused at times by the fact that one of the characters was alive when I had read a couple of chapters ago that they had diedAlthough the dialogue is very effectively written it is also hard to understand at times As a white gal who lives in comfort a million miles away from the types of events being described I felt like I needed a dictionary Although I list this as a fault I do greatly admire Broaddus for delving so well into the psyche of inner city America and not making compromises for the ease of his readersThe characters are difficult to like and due to the nature of the gang warfare all of them are written in shades of grey I do like ambiguous characters but sometimes you just want to root for a hero Here even King Broaddus’ version of King Arthur acts reprehensibly at timesLastly there are some extremely gruesome scenes that I found distasteful to read They fit the nature of the book but it should be mentioned that if books received ratings King Maker would have been stamped an “18”Yet I have the sneaking suspicion that other readers will love this book Sometimes you just don’t “fit” with a book and find yourself confused by the overwhelming praise other reviewers shower upon it I have a feeling that when King Maker is released many will adore it for the bravery and uniueness of the writing I am left comparing the book to a worthy film generating Oscar buzz something you feel you should watch but know you won’t enjoy as much as an explosion ridden summer blockbusterIn conclusion although I did not like this book I firmly believe that readers will have to make up their own minds For some King Maker is going to be the best read of 2010