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Proving that theres still abundant life in the oft-told Arthurian Legends Saberhagens reworking weaves together distant past near future and fairy realm into a compelling and intriguing whole. In the past a troupe of traveling players is pursued by a rampaging conqueror. Amby the youngest of the novels several narrators uses his powers of second sight to his advantage as he and his fellow travelers enter the fortress protecting the bones of the recently deceased sorcerer Merlin. In the near future Dr. Elaine Brusen is confronted with the Fisher King Morgan Le Fay and Mordred all of whom want control of her hypostator machine a device capable of altering fundamental reality. Elaine must follow her own twisting road through the realm of fairy and beyond if she is to remain safe and find true love. The ensuing battles for Arthurs survival Merlins bones the succession of New Camelot and Elaines heart prove both suspenseful and delightful. Saberhagens narrative juggling is dazzling and imbues the novels many paradoxes with an elusive grace. Publishers Weekly

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