Book review: The Lay of Lady Percival

The Lay of Lady Percival by Jennifer R. Povey

Genre: fantasy

Rome has fallen and the eagles have flown.

Left alone with her child when her lover, Arthur, leaves these shores, Persephone finds her world changed when he returns – as war duke and then King of Britain.

She has the one thing he needs: His son.

But he will not accept her as herself.

Thus is born the legend of Percival.

Content notes: Female protagonist, religious themes, angst.


First and foremost, I would like to thank the author for sending me a copy of her book in  exchange of an honest review. 

The Lay of Lady Percival is an Arthurian novel set in the medieval ages when Rome still ruled. It is about this woman, named Persy (short for Persephone), who was supposed to marry this guy but he went and didn't come back for her. Some years later, he did come back to become king and get a wife of his own, and he chose another woman than Persy (who has HIS child) because Persy is not christian. Years later, the queen is discovered to be barren and Persy's son is now officially heir to the throne... That's all I can say to keep this review spoiler-free:).

 I like that the author used simple, easy English to write this novel. Although I think that using more of a "complex" English would have been more appropriate, but I also think that this way was way easier to grasp what was happening. The main reason why I think so is that even though there aren't any  "complex" English involved, the atmosphere cannot be mistaken for anything but --European--somewhere during the Medieval ages. 

However, I was utterly confused at many parts while reading, either from some misused words or 'in one instance, the scene was kinda "wrong"--meaning: in one chapter, it was revealed to one character who Percy really was while it was already established that he knew that in the previous chapter. The pace was mostly super fast, especially at the beginning where I think it should have been a little bit slower to give readers time to get an idea of what the story is about--especially for readers like me who don't read the blurb before diving right in.

 I understand why the author would do such thing, and it did get better halfway through the book (I mean the pace) when I knew to expect a fast-forwarding in events, BUT it was just really confusing at the beginning. 

The characters were well-established but I think because of the pace the story was going with, I didn't get to feel that much of a connection with them. There was a connection, but I think it was going to be deeper--if that makes sense.

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