The classic legend through a refreshing point of view
May 16, 2009
Although I am very interested in the Arthurian tales & legends, I generally stay away from novels because I have been very disappointed, even horrified, in the past. Until this book, I had only read two that were satisfying (The Once & Future King and The Mists Of Avalon).
This book is not as well written as the two previously mentioned works. It is written for a younger audience, probably 12-14 year olds. In the story, we see things through the eyes of a young girl that has been adopted by the bard Myrddin (this book's version of Merlin).
The story spans several years & has some interesting & new explainations for some of the tales that surround Arthur. It reveals the grittier aspect of medieval life. I don't want to give anything away but this isn't the typical "King Arthur & the knights of the round table" story.
I'd also like to add that there is a pronounciation guide for names & places in the back of the book, which I always find to be very helpful.
We've all heard the story of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. A young Arthur learns of his kingly destiny by pulling the sword from the stone. He is a fair and much loved ruler who weds the beautiful Guinevere. We also know of Guinevere's betrayal and her deep love for Lancelot. It's a fabulous story but what if that's all it is? Maybe it's not the true story at all. Perhaps the real story is much grittier and far less polished. Here … more
"Here Lies Arthur" is 333 pages of quick, easy and enjoyable reading. The start is a bit slow, but the text is well suited for the young adult target audience. Some of the battle scenes are a bit gory and might not be appropriate for a young reader. Gwyna is a new, fictional character the author created and is the primary point of view through which the story is told. Arthur is not the classical, heroic, romanticized figure of most King Arthur tales. … more
I was eager to read this book. I am a serious Arthurian legend fanatic & am always hoping to find something that is as enthralling as the Marion Zimmer Bradley series - which I could not put down. This book has glimmers of hope and some chapters that truly are are enticing but I found too many adjectives & not enough pith in many areas. I think that anyone with a yen for an Arthurian tale will most assuredly enjoy this book - younger readers will find it especially pleasing I think. There is good … more
Ah, King Arthur. Has any figure from legend become more... well, legendary? Just looking around at my personal possessions at home, I find that I own books about Arthur (Knight Life, One Knight Only and The Fall of Knight), as well as a couple movies (Excalibur and Monty Python's Holy Grail). I've even used it as a jumping-off point for my own works. As a storyteller within my own universe of role-playing games, I have a vampire character based of Sir Tristan and a story centering around the true … more
Everyone's heard of King Arthur, but until now, no one's ever heard the truth.
Gwynna is just a girl who is forced to run when her village is attacked and burns to the ground. To her horror, she is discovered in the wood. But it is Myrddin the bard who has found her, a traveler and spinner of tales. He agrees to protect Gwynna if she will agree to be bound in service to him. Gwynna is frightened but intrigued - and says yes - for this Myrddin serves the young, rough, and powerful Arthur.
In the course of their travels, Myrddin transforms Gwynna into the mysterious Lady of the Lake, a boy warrior, and a spy. It is part of a plot to transform Arthur from the leader of a ragtag war-band into King Arthur, the greatest hero of all time.
If Gwynna and Myrrdin's trickery is discovered, what will become of Gwynna? Worse, what will become of Arthur? Only the endless battling, the mighty belief of men, and the sheer cunning of one remarkable girl will tell.