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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.