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Beginning with the Palm Sunday battle of Towton, the bloodiest ever fought on English soil, Wonders Will Never Cease relates the fabulous adventures of one man and his noble family amid the chaos and political intrigue that beset England during the War of the Roses, when two great houses battled for control of the throne. The young Anthony Woodville, Lord Scales and brother to the future queen, Elizabeth Woodville, seems to die during that battle and be resurrected. While dead, he witnesses the Grail ceremony last seen during the age of King Arthur, before England was cursed by war and Hell so filled with bodies that the dead now walk the land.
What he wakes to and witnesses for the rest of his life as he defends his king is a ceaseless stream of wonders: a family rumored to be descended from the fairy Melusine and imbued with her dragon's blood; a talking head that predicts the future; a miraculous cauldron; a museum of skulls; alchemists and wizards; the Swordsman's Pentacle; and plenty of battles, sieges, swordplay, jousts, treachery, murder, beheadings, and horrific torture. And all the while, stories - some so porous that their characters enter history and threaten their maker.
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By Mark on 03-30-18
I didn't hate it but I don't think I "got it"
This novel is in many ways more like a collection of short stories or even fairy tales held together with a larger framing story. The stories match the medieval setting and often mirror or parody legends and fairy tales, so the subject matter is often suitable grim and violent.
The writing is engaging and pulls you in, and most of the stories are enjoyable in their own right, though obviously not all will be enjoyed by all. Still, I honestly think I lack the literary/historical chops to grok the big picture or the point of this book, so I imagine those more well versed in Arthurian lore will get more out of it than I did.
The protagonist is pretty unlikeable, and the book has a lot of the sort of sexism you'd expect from a medieval setting, but at least at the end the hero is self aware enough to recognize he's potentially a villain.
It's a hard book for me to review because I can see the glimmers of what's behind the curtain even if I don't fully perceive what's backstage.
The narration is quite good and matches the immediacy and abrupt nature of the writing.
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