Fatal Feast – A Merlin Mystery (1)
by Jay Ruud
Pub Date: 2/9/18
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-948338-11-0
When an Irish knight dies mysteriously at a banquet she is hosting‚ Queen Guenivere is charged with murder and faces death at the stake if found guilty. Her loyal page‚ Gildas‚ rushes to the woods to track down Merlin and convince him to take up the investigation and save the queen.
Fatal Feast is a fast-paced murder mystery set in the legendary court of Camelot‚ imagined as it might have existed in the high Middle Ages‚ with Sir Gawain‚ Sir Gareth‚ and Sir Lancelot in pivotal roles‚ and the young Gildas‚ enamored of the queen’s young lady-in-waiting Rosemounde‚ an unlikely courtly lover focused on saving the queen and impressing his Rosemounde—not necessarily in that order.
“Jay Ruud’s Merlin may or may not be a wizard, but the author certainly is, with his ability to infuse new energy into the well-loved mythical world of Arthur, once and future King. An imaginatively conjured tale, enlivened by the peripheral point of view of its narrator, Gildas, a young man coming of age in a time of legend. Enchanting!”—Kyran Pittman, New York Times best-selling author of Planting Dandelions
“Fans of medieval mysteries and Arthurian legends will enjoy this imaginative tale of
gallant knights” —Library Journal
“Like Merlin in his clever series, Jay Ruud works his own special kind of magic.”—Trenton Lee Stewart, New York Times best-selling author of The Mysterious Benedict Society series
“Where most modern interpreters of the Arthurian tradition ignore the literary backgrounds of this magnificent cast of characters, Mr. Ruud meticulously provides accurate character genealogies and is refreshingly faithful to the medieval narratives he uses as his sources.”—Janet M. Jesmok, author of Malory and Christianity