“The next step is always unimaginable until it’s occurred.”
Variations of Arthurian legend has been a cottage industry of western literature for almost a millennia. Power’s take is innovative and well-developed. That his sixteenth century embodiment of the Briton hero is egotistic and a rogue fits the pattern. The melding of the fantastic and the historic worked, mostly. A nod to the history of beer.
“I never used to think much of coincidences, but these days I practically trip over them in the street.”
Quibbles: Modern vocabulary jars the reader out of the sixteenth century setting. Words like bouncer, toast, sleeping bag, bowling pins. A week and a half to travel from Trieste to Vienna? I wouldn’t count on rusty, old chain mail to stop a rapier thrust.
“A morning for a nigh-density volley of prayers.”
The story telling was better than the rating implies, but it’s been done.
“Am I one of the cards? Or a coin in the pot?”