Of Quests and Kings by Robert Adams

KINGS
Of Quests and Kings by Robert Adams
Castaways in Time #3
Publisher: Mundania Press
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Action/Adventure
Length: Full Length (184 pgs)
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Poinsettia

It all began with a small group of people who were trapped in Bass Foster’s twentieth-century American home during a terrible storm. Somehow, they were carried back through time and space to an alternate seventeenth-century England, a realm at war and ruled by the legendary King Arthur Tudor III. Bass, Krystal, and the rest had either adapted to their strange new home–or died in the attempt.

And now, Bass, a Duke of the Realm, and one of the king’s most valued commanders, has been given a seemingly impossible mission: to unite the warring kingdoms of Ireland under Arthur’s own loyal ally King Brian.

But in Ireland waited both treacherous friends and bloodthirsty enemies. And mobilizing for actions as well aware the well-trained forces of the Holy Roman Empire and a foe who could destroy them all–the mysterious lords of the Time Projector!

Bass has hundreds of men under his command, but he has little control over his personal life.

First of all, anyone wanting to enjoy this book must read the first two books in the series. Mr. Adams does provide some information about key events from the previous tales, but certainly not enough to allow this book to stand alone.

Bass has certainly come a long way since he was first transported into the past of a parallel Earth. He becomes more and more important all the time, but still finds himself utterly under the control of King Arthur III. I can’t believe how much luck Bass has. Everything he attempts is a huge success. Even situations that seem bad end up working out unbelievably well for Bass. I won’t spill the details, but a particularly sticky situation in Ireland could have proven very costly for Bass. Instead, it ends up winning him even more respect and yet another powerful ally.

I must say that I am very displeased with the way Bass’ relationship with Krystal has gone. Their relationship has never been easy, but I thought they would find happiness together. In The Seven Magical Jewels of Ireland, Bass and Krystal were having some serious problems. I had high hopes that they were work things out, but at this point, I think their relationship might have deteriorated behind all repair.

I truly feel sorry for Krystal. When she first arrived in this strange time, she tried to be more useful. However, she was repeatedly told that she needed to be content to act like a lady of her station for the time period. When Krystal’s behavior became unexplainably erratic, suddenly Bass and others were suggesting that she do something useful. I can certainly understand Krystal’s loneliness and frustration. As if that weren’t enough, the one thing in life that she cares about is taken away from her. While I understand that Bass doesn’t have a lot of options to try and help Krystal, he doesn’t do anything at all even though he is a modern man with more understanding of mental health then the people of this past, parallel Earth. Bass shows more care and devotion to strangers than his own wife and son. I wonder if Bass will even recognize his son the next time he sees him.

I am pleased to note that Mr. Adams provides a bit more insight into the wielders of the advanced time projectors. No names have been provided, but it seems that at least one is hidden among Bass’ men. I have a feeling that there is some grand scheme at work that has yet to be revealed. Some of the people using time projectors generally stay out of the way of the people of the current time. However, they allude to others who have not been so careful. I can’t help but wonder how much the parallel Earth has been changed by time travelers.

Overall, I enjoyed reading Of Quests and Kings. Mr. Adams has created a detailed world filled with interesting, interconnected events. I’m looking forward to seeing where Bass’ adventures take him next.

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