Reviews tagged "arthurian"

 

The Indigo King by James Owen

Two Caretakers of the Imaginarium Geographica, John and Jack–better known to history as Tolkien and Lewis–have just discovered a message in a medieval manuscript . . . signed by their friend Hugo Dyson. Then Hugo accidentally walks through a mystic doorway and apparently changes history. Suddenly England is a wasteland ruled by dark forces, and […]

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Here, There Be Dragons by James Owen

It’s a dark and stormy night in 1917, and a kindly Oxford professor has just been murdered. Three young men–John, Jack, and Charles–all end up at professor’s home, where they meet a strange old man who tells them that they are destined to be the new caretakers of the Imaginarium Geographica: an atlas of the […]

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The Once and Future King by T. H. White

“When I was a young man I did something which was not just, and from it has sprung the misery of my life. Do you think you can stop the consequences of a bad action, by doing good ones afterwards? I don’t. I have been trying to stopper it down with good actions, ever since, […]

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I Am Mordred by Nancy Springer

In this short novel, Springer introduces us to young Mordred, future slayer of King Arthur. Mordred was raised in ignorance of his parentage by a fisherman after his father, upon Merlin’s advice, tried to kill him. Later, living with his mother again, he learns of the prophecy of his fate to kill his father the […]

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I Am Morgan le Fay by Nancy Springer

Having just picked this book up on a whim, I was surprised and pleased at its quality. The novel tells the story of the young years of Morgan le Fay, the half-sister of King Arthur and a sorceress. When she is very young, Morgan’s father is killed by King Uther, who then marries her mother […]

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The Idylls of the Queen by Phyllis Ann Karr

Malory meets Sherlock Holmes: the Guenevere murder mystery! Based on a brief incident near the end of the Morte D’Arthur, this novel chronicles the attempts of Sir Kay to prove Guenevere innocent of murder after a knight is poisoned at a dinner hosted by the Queen. The main joy of the book is seeing Arthur’s […]

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The Green Knight by Vera Chapman

The adjective that I’d use to describe this book is “sweet,” or maybe “charming”–you get the idea. As you can guess from the title, this is a retelling of the story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. The book focuses on Sir Bertalik’s wife, Vivien. It begins when her aunt, Morgan le Fay, takes […]

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Sword at Sunset by Rosemary Suttcliff

In this, her only book targeted toward adults, Sutcliff once again employs her beautiful prose to astounding effect. Here, however, the story is not primarily mythical but rather centers around the origins of the famous myth. This book is in essence a retelling of the central story of King Arthur, yet told as it likely […]

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The Sword and the Circle by Rosemary Suttcliff

(This review also covers the two sequels, The Light Beyond the Forest and The Road to Camlann.) These retellings of the Matter of Britain stick closely to the traditional materials; Sutcliff’s source was Malory for the most part, and she deviates from him rarely if at all. The first book covers the prelude material, Arthur’s […]

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