King Arthur's Sister in Washington's Court
by Kim Iverson Headlee
Genre: SciFi Time Travel Fantasy
How sick are you of US politics? How doomed is the world because of who has claimed the Oval Office throne—er, chair?
Refresh your spirit by laughing along with what Mark Twain might have written about today’s political falderal.
“Solidly entertaining.” —Publishers Weekly
WINNER 2016 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Gold Medal for Science Fiction & Fantasy.
Morgan le Fay, sixth-century Queen of Gore and the only major character not killed off by Mark Twain in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, vows revenge upon the Yankee Hank Morgan. She casts a spell to take her to 1879 Connecticut so she may waylay Sir Boss before he can travel back in time to destroy her world. But the spell misses by 300 miles and 200 years, landing her in the Washington, D.C., of 2079, replete with flying limousines, hovering office buildings, virtual-reality television, and sundry other technological marvels.
Whatever is a time-displaced queen of magic and minions to do? Why, rebuild her kingdom, of course—two kingdoms, in fact: as Campaign Boss for the reelection of American President Malory Beckham Hinton, and as owner of the London Knights world-champion baseball franchise.
Written as though by the old master himself, King Arthur’s Sister in Washington’s Court by Mark Twain as channeled by Kim Iverson Headlee offers laughs, love, and a candid look at American society, popular culture, politics, baseball… and the human heart.
Mark Twain began work on A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court in 1879—the same year the Yankee Hank Morgan departed for his sojourn in sixth-century Britain. The first edition was published in 1889 and features more than 200 illustrations by the man who later would become founder of the Boy Scouts of America, Daniel Carter Beard. These illustrations are now in the public domain, and a handful have been incorporated into King Arthur's Sister in Washington's Court as an artistic homage to this classic edition of the first time travel story in all literature.
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PRADA HEELS MAY turn many a head, but they are sheer hell for running. A constable stopped me before I could exit the park. “What happened back there, missus?” “A man attacked me. I defended myself and escaped.” “He’s dead, you know.” “Is he? Oh, my!” Of course I knew he was dead; it seemed best to play dumb. “Your name, missus?” I felt more than a trifle taken aback that the constable did not recognize me, and so I did not answer right away. The constable was not pleased to repeat the query. “Morganna Hanks, owner of the Knights.” “Right. Prove it. Show me your ID, please.” I could not, I realized with mounting dread. “I—may we go back? I must have dropped my purse in the scuffle.”
This was quite the fun book to read, it had so many things to smile at and the wording was so perfect for Morgan! She finds herself yanked into present day Washington DC where she finds a faux court of Henry Tudor and Anne Boleyn, and of course a faux Lady Jane Seymour aka Clarice, who helps her find her way. Morgan immediately becomes acquainted with Madame President Malory Beckham Hinton and Malory requests for Morgan to become her campaign manager, which is hilarious. And Morgan is so serious about it all, which is even more fun because she really gets into the role. It is so filled with fun and laughter and you know that Morgan is just searching for that ONE moment where she can take her revenge, but you can't help but laugh your way through it :) I thoroughly enjoyed reading this, and I think the author did a fabulous job with Morgan's character and how she learns about herself through the eyes of today's history books and how much it astounds her and insults her. It's a good version of Morgan which we normally don't get, she is always second to King Arthur and always the villain (which of course she is in this book too, but she has a good reason to be!). The story itself is written in the third person POV by someone who claims that Morgan gave them the "tome" of the adventures she had, so the reader is also able to see Morgan's every thought throughout the book. And being a huge fan of the stories of Camelot made this even better. Would love to see more like this, it was absolutely unforgettable!
Kim Headlee lives on a farm in southwestern Virginia with her family, cats, goats, Great Pyrenees goat guards, and assorted wildlife. People and creatures come and go, but the cave and the 250-year-old house ruins--the latter having been occupied as recently as the mid-twentieth century--seem to be sticking around for a while yet.
Kim has been a published novelist since 1999 with the first edition of Dawnflight (Sonnet Books, Simon & Schuster) and has been studying the Arthurian legends for nigh on half a century.
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