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Sir Alanbart avoids action, recoils from romance, and shuns self-sacrifice; yet when he finds himself drawn into a harebrained attempt to rescue King Arthur, he becomes a victim of all three, and then poor Alanbart must fight hard to stay true to his cowardly and indolent nature. 

Three Days and Two Knights is a genre crossover that blends fantasy adventure, comedy, and romance in a historical literary setting. 

"Few tales tell of heroes and dragons, knights and giants, magic, miracles, love, a banshee and the undead...." So begins Aelfric the Entertainer, this tale's invasive, witty and often philosophical narrator. Set on the moors of Scotland in the waning months of Arthur's rule, Three Days and Two Knights tells how Sir Alanbart, an impoverished and spineless knight; Heather, an indomitable and irresistible serving maid; Scot, a pagan swordsman of questionable intelligence and sexuality, and Sir Gawain, the legendary romantic hero, form an unlikely alliance to free King Arthur from prison. The catch? They have just three days before the blue moon rises, at which time the red wizard Rabordath will use Arthur's blood to conjure a dragon that will end a kingdom and set all of Britain aflame. 

Three Days and Two Knights features characters, settings, artifacts and events drawn from medieval myth and history, and will appeal to anyone who loves the middle ages, knights, monsters, magic, or King Arthur, especially those who grew up with The Hobbit, Percy Jackson, and Cressida Cowell's How to Train Your Dragon series. 

©2016 Scott Davis Howard (P)2017 Scott Davis Howard

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Not a Monty Python Wannabe, the real deal

This could have gone so badly. We already have a brilliant comedic arthurian tale given to us by the great Monty Python troupe. Something that is very hard to beat if you want to be honest. Shoot, I wouldn't even want to have my work compared to it. (Which I kind of guess that I am doing anyway). What I'm trying to say is, that if you are going to do an arthurian comedy, then you'd better have the chops to pull it off, and Howard does. In spades, too.

Truthfully, the book does start a bit slowly. It also played out more like a tell, don't show (bad idea) kind of story, and if it had stayed that way I would have dropped it pretty quickly. The point being, once it starts, I mean really starts, the story and the humor just escalates to points of absurdity it is so good. I'd hate to see this made into a movie, because then I'd be forced to pick a favorite; something I don't have to do so long as this remains a book.

The narration by Topper is just .....the......tops! He plays each role perfectly, and has a way of delivering the lines that only adds to the laughs. He was an excellent choice to read this book for others to hear. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

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Absolutely Love it!

This humorous Arthurian tale will keep you laughing throughout it. I have never been so entertained in a long while. You have a beautiful Lady, two knights, the King, dragon, romance and many more characters along with philosophical dialogue to keep you so entertained! Plus, my favorite was the narrator's side comments. What a hoot! Whether you prefer to listen or read this novel you will enjoy it!

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AN EXCELLENT FUN BOOK

I liked the story, characters, vocal voices, and especially the “Footnote”! Well paced and entertaining, you will find something for all in this fantasy rendition of a side story to King Arthur’s court.

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SUPERB!!!!

I absolutely ENJOYED this book. Both author and narrator are very gifted in wielding a great story. A great mix of adventure, sense of duty and honor, forged friendships, and perfectly timed humor - this tale has it all. Not to risk giving much away, I do wish the discovered cloth could have been used on a certain unknightly Knight for a genuine miracle. I cannot wait to listen to other books by both author and narrator. WELL DONE!!

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Goblins, Knights, and Dragons, Oh My!

This was the most amazing book. I think anyone would like it. Even if you think the Arthurian works aren’t for you, it is more than that. It is so funny. I found myself rolling, especially when the author would throw in footnote and all kinds of puns to go along with the story. It would take a serious situation and throw in some humor to lighten the mood. It puts me in mind of some great stories I read back in college in all my literature classes, especially Don Quixote. I loved all the characters. I think children would love it. It does get pretty bloody and gorey. But that’s to be expected with a story set back in the days of knights and dragons. Battles were fought with swords and arrows. There wasn’t modern medicine or analgesics like today.

I recommend the audiobook if you like listening to stories. The narrator really brought it to life. I can’t imagine anyone doing a better job than him. I especially liked the crazy Druid, Cathbad (hope that correct spelling), voice. I could picture the whole story as a movie. Cathbad reminds me of Gargamel on the Smurfs for some reason. I would love to see this made into a movie. This author is so amazing! He should go down in history like all the other famous writers of literature, who knows, maybe he already has. I’m so glad I found him.

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  • norman
  • burlington, nc, United States
  • 07-19-18

Arthurian Adventure

Three Days and Two Knights is a well written adventure that should appeal to anyone who enjoys the Arthurian legend or English folklore. It is centered around flawed, but endearing, characters that hold your interest and engage your sympathies. I particularly enjoyed the ramblings of the wizard Rabodath and the amusing, informative character, the narrator. Mark Topping does an excellent job with all the voices, be it damsel, wizard, troll, knight, and especially, narrator. His English accent was perfect for the story.

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Charming, lighthearted, witty and adventurous

First thing first, the narrator is absolutely splendid. There's life that's breathed into each character, and I found the consistency of the voice acting to be A+. Also, for those unfamiliar with Arthurian mythology, there are plenty of footnotes and explanations that break down some of the lore of preexisting friends, foes, amd beasts that may be present in the tale. Onto the book itself!

Three Days and Two Knights blew me away. It's charming, light hearted, full of wit, and once it gets going, oh man, it's a thrill of an adventure. I was thoroughly impressed with how well Scott Davis Howard illustrated the scenery of intense carnage in the mid act and climactic battles, and found myself immersed in the heroes plight.

Scott Davis Howard nails the main protagonist, Alanbart, an original, amusingly self deprocating, unlikely hero with plenty of reprimandable yet understandable traits unfit for typical hero archetypes. The honesty and authenticity of his character as a human being drew me in and his character progression leaves little left to be desired. His self awareness in regards to his own cowardice and value of self preservation serves him well in creating an honest, relatable, and also in the end honorable character that is so satisfying when he obtains self redemption.

Amidst all of that, the amount of cerebral engagement is lovely. I enjoyed how thought provoking much of the dialogue was, and how it guided character action and progression while also being direct enough to instill meaningful questions upon even readers or listeners who aren't thinking too deep into the tale.

If you enjoy fantasy adventures, I can't recommend Three Days and Two Knights enough.

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Highly entertaining tale

This is a fascinating story full of witty and wonderful characters. I particularly like the relationships between all the main characters. There are several long, very descriptive battle scenes. In all, it is a delightful tale, full of adventure, chivalry, humor, and a bit of romance. I enjoyed it very much and would definitely read more by this author and listen to others by this narrator.

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  • C.T.
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  • 04-17-18

A hilarious Arthurian romp

I wasn't sure what to expect of this but I was gladly rewarded for my interest. The story is hilarious from beginning to end, incorporates a lot of wonderful nods, and is the funniest Arthurian thing since Spamalot. Bravo. The narrator did an amazing job too and I hope this gets a sequel.

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  • Mike
  • Glendale, AZ, United States
  • 12-21-17

Despite a slow start laying down background

this turned out to be a wonderful and nail-biting adventure. The author weaves quite a tale to a story we only thought we knew. Makes me wonder what and where his story will go from here? The narration is spot on great. Definitely worth listening to.

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