I loved the first book of Eileen Enwright Hodgetts Excalibur Rising series for its intriguing take on King Arthur and its quirky characters who felt like real people. Book 2 was a bit of a let down and Book 3 drops us with a thud. In Book 2 Marcus and the peasant boy Dristan flee Albion to Earth; now in Book 3 Marcus and Todd and Freddie flee from two mob bosses. Freddie has good reason to run: He knows his life is forfeit because he disobeyed his boss. Marcus has reason because his own crime boss survived as did Bors the one-eyed man, and both want the sword and will kill Marcus for getting in their way.
Book 3 isn’t much fun. Marcus and Freddie and Todd clutch at straws to find a way back to Albion. Since Marcus just got back to Earth the whole thing feels like we are on a giant treadmill, rushing around and going nowhere.
The basic flow of the book is Freddie and Todd are on the run; Marcus and Dristan get back to Earth; everyone ends up at the inn with a dragon sign; Freddie, Todd and Marcus are now desperate to get back to Albion; Dristan sneaks off and Bors threatens everyone and acts nasty. And at the end we on Earth might have a dragon hatching.
The writing as usual is good and Hodgetts introduces a couple new characters. Kevin, the local crop circle expert is great and Dristan develops as a character.
I am not sure whether I’ll read Book 4. Hodgetts says it is the final book in the series and I’m curious how she wraps everything up. My guess for plot is where Marcus, Violet, Todd and Freddie, back in Albion, convince the Ladies of the Lake to drop the shielding mist. Dristan meets the dragon on Earth and convinces it to bring him back to Albion where he defeats Mordred and works with the Earth natives to help his country join the rest of the world. I hope Hodgetts brings her fresh take and comes up with a better finale than my mangled plot!
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