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I'm a big Peter David fan, and a King Arthur fan, so I was very interested to see PAD's take on the Knights of the Round.
The book is told from the point of view of Viviana, a slave who is brought to Camelot while Uther is still king. Viviana is a rarity of the time, in that she is literate and keeps a journal of her life. It's this journal that are the "Camelot Papers" of the title, and it's through her writings that we see the truths that became the legends.
Most of the staples of the Arthur legends are here, from the king himself, his sword, Merlin, Lancelot, Guinevere, the Round Table, Morgan & Mordred, Galahad and the rest, but in a much more down-to-Earth fashion. It's a lot of fun reading the book and getting those "Ahhhh, that's where X came from" moments. PAD has some very clever ideas behind the truth of The Sword in the Stone, Excalibur's origin, Merlin's "wizardry" and the like.
The heart of the book, however, isn't this new spin on the familiar tales, but re-telling their origins while at the same time using them as a lens to examine our modern political situation, especially G. W. Bush's years as President. It's not a direct parallel; PAD doesn't beat you over the head with these themes or use the book as a polemic. These sociopolitical themes are explored quite strongly in some areas, much more subtly in others, and I believe are handled very well. The book demonstrates how even the best of intentions can be warped and spiral out of control.
This leads to my one main complaint about the book, which is the cover. Don't get me wrong, it's a wonderful piece of art that executed very well, but it led me to expect the book to be a bit different. Based on the cover, I was expecting it to be humorous take on King Arthur and the Round Table having to endure the trials and tribulations of a tabloid press, perhaps run by Editor Morgan la Fey and her chief reporter Mordred.
Instead, it's a bit more serious of a book, a "true account" story, with the "Camelot Papers" being something akin to the Pentagon Papers, revealing the truth behind the myths. The book is very well done, I still enjoyed it very much, but it's not quite what I was expecting.
The book has PAD's trademark humor, solid characterization, fun nods to the traditional Arthur stories, a good mystery, and I stayed up two hours after I should have been in bed to finish the last two chapters. The book has a satisfying conclusion, but is open enough where we could see more of Viviana's true tales of Camelot, which I would really enjoy seeing.
If you're a fan of the Arthurian legends, political satire, and not-quite traditional fantasy, you should enjoy this book.