King Arthur´s Sister in Washington´s Court


KASIWC_ebook_1600x2400King Arthur’s Sister in Washington’s Court by Kim Iverson Headlee

Morgan le Fay, 6th-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.

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Kim Iverson Headlee 1500x2237Author Biography


Kim is a Seattle native and a direct descendent of twentieth-century Russian nobility. Her grandmother was a childhood friend of the doomed Grand Duchess Anastasia, and the romantic yet tragic story of how Lydia escaped Communist Russia with the aid of her American husband will most certainly one day fuel one of Kim’s novels. Another novel in the queue will involve her husband’s ancestor, the seventh-century proto-Viking king of the Swedish colony in Russia.

For the time being, however, Kim has plenty of work to do in creating her projected 8-book Arthurian series, The Dragon’s Dove Chronicles, and other novels under her imprint Pendragon Cove Press.

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Praise for the Book

“Packed with politics, pop culture, sports, business, time travel, magic, deceit, humor and love, this story will keep you enthralled right up to the end. Whether you have ever read an Arthurian romance before or not, give this one a try. I am sure you will love it as much as I did.” ~ Dottie of Romance Junkies


“KASIWC is irresistible, passionate, and intriguing. Definitely check out this amazing new Arthurian Romance!” ~ Jill of Arthurian Romances


“It’s like Ms. Headlee has the touch of Twain in her.” ~ Darlene of Mousiey Books


EXCERPT (from Chapter XXVIII: Drilling the President; ~160 words)

During a stop scheduled for fueling the dragon on our way back to DC, I took Malory aside and said:

“You have spent four days trying to be someone else. Strike that—as a politician, you have spent your entire career trying to be someone else. Do you even know how to be yourself?”

Panic dominated her countenance. “What are you talking about? My PR staff, through countless hours of study and research, has determined the image I need to project to maximize my popularity, and that is what I have been doing all this time.”

“Have you, now? And how is that working out for you?”

I knew very well the answer to that question, and I had a feeling so did she; I was testing whether she was willing to admit her failing to another.

The droop of her chin was my answer. A moment later, her chin rebounded, and defiance flashed from her gaze. “What would you suggest?”



First off, I loved the idea behind this book. I love Mark Twain. I haven’t actually read A Conneticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, but I have seen several of the low-budget films based on the story. I have also read other Mark Twain novels to compare. I thought the writing style was great. It was so fun to read all the descriptions of things in our modern world in the words of the old-fashioned queen. The beginning of the book started off with the queen’s scribe as the narrator and then switched to the voice of the queen herself. That change was a little weird for me. I kind of thought, why not just  have  the queen  be the narrator  the whole tiime. I really liked the queen’s  initial description of everything going on and the initial action that was happening, but the action kind of slowed down. There was so much politics  throughout the book, some people  may like that, I didn’t  particularly like it. I also felt like I was on the outside of the story a lot rather than  inside. I would have liked to feel more involved  in what was  happenings in the book rather than just being told what was in the book.

However, small squabbles aside, I thought the book was well-written, had an interesting concept, and I loved the ressurection of Mark Twain’s writing.

4 out of 5 stars



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Angel Bodine

My name is Angie. I am an editor and a book reviewer on Sher A. Hart: Written Art. I am married and have 2 boys. I love classic authors like C.S. Lewis and Jane Austen and have come to love modern ones like Orson Scott Card and Suzanne Collins. I love fantasy and sci-fi, but am also a huge fan of humor. If a book is truly funny, I don't care what the genre is, I'll read it. I also have a soft spot for silly high school drama stories.

One Comment:

  1. Thank you for your lovely review of #KASIWC today! When you read Twain’s original story, it will become obvious why I used the “frame” technique with the scribe, though I did choose to deviate from that structure slightly at the end. 🙂
    Kim Headlee
    Stories make us greater.

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