Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Van Asten, Gail

(?   -    ) US writer whose first novel, The Blind Knight (1988), pits a medieval descendant of Uther Pendragon (> Arthur) against a world disinclined to treat him as a likely candidate for knighthood – he is a blind albino. But his Quest for meaning and knighthood, with the Magic aid of a Wizard's daughter, proves successful. The Roland sequence – Charlemagne's Champion (1990) and The Dark Sword's Lover (1990) – is likewise set in a Land-of-Fable Europe, and deals with the Matter of France, complexly intermixing history and Legend. [JC]

Gail Van Asten

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