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The author of the book: Sarah L. Thomson
Edition: Orchard Books
Date of issue: May 1st 2001
ISBN: 0531303330
ISBN 13: 9780531303337
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Language: English
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I found this retelling of the Arthur legend at a library book sale a year or maybe 2 ago. It just sat quietly on the TBR pile until I was rootin' around in there the other day and it caught my eye. I wanted a historical, but didn't want a romance novel, and I was wanting something that I could get into quick. This was a pretty satisfying read overall. I loved getting to see some other characters and a slightly different telling than what I already knew. Nimue especially has always been a character I was intrigued by, and yet never heard much of anything about. In fact, really the only portrayal I've ever seen of her was in the Sam Neill Merlin miniseries (which I love and have seen a whole bunch of times). I've always been fascinated by the Arthurian legends since I was a little kid and first heard of it in, well, again, a movie, but, lol, Disney's The Sword in the Stone. A movie I watched over and over as a kid, which led me to seek out books about it once I was in school going to the library and all that great stuff. I've read a few over the years, but still not much mention of Nimue anywhere. So that was cool. I really enjoyed her story, and wanted them to have a happy ending, but it ended up being pretty dang sad. I liked it for telling me the story I hadn't previously heard before, but I don't think I was expecting it to be so sad. Made me hate Uther Pendragon more than I already did before, selfish, greedy bastard. In the next part we get to hear Morgan's story. Now, in my experience of the stories I've read, I hadn't known Morgan had a sister either. Wow, I'm out of the loop I guess, need to read more Arthurian stories I guess. Of course, I didn't like the whole brother-sister incest thing, kinda squicky, but I already knew it was coming. I can understand her anger at Arthur for not trying to make any amends for what Uther had done, but I'm not sure if Myrddin deserved to die like she wanted. Maybe it's just because Merlin's always been like my favorite character, but it wasn't really his fault what Uther did. It's not like he could've stopped him, he probably would've just been killed to get him out of the way. So... yea, Morgan's still crazy. I don't think I would've reacted the way she did to the things life threw at her. So while I could understand her anger... I still think she's a little nuts. The next section was another totally new to me character Luned, a girl who is the handmaiden to Morgan's sister Elen after Elen is married off to some lord when she's but a child. The whole marriage bed and all that of course freaks her out and she becomes a very shy and withdrawn character, so Luned takes charge and takes care of things and her lady. I really liked Luned, she was no nonsense, and loyal to the death to Elen and the whole part of the story was fascinating, ending with Elen marrying Arthur's second-in-command Owain after he kills her husband. They end up raising Gwydre, who is introduced as Arthur's son from his brief marriage to Morgan. Hmmm... more new to me info. Never heard of a Gwydre before, only a Mordred. I was sucked into this story even more, didn't want to stop. After Luned's section is Medraud's side of the story. Ok, here's a name I'm more familiar with. Here I learned that Gwydre and Medraud are twins, G is fair and M of course is dark. They lived with Morgan in the old castle where her father and Igrayne lived before Uther killed him and took Igrayne back to his keep. When they are seven, Arthur shows up and demands that she let them come with him to be fostered and taught all the manly-kingly stuff. Morgan only lets him take Gwydre, and from thereafter she raise Medraud on her anger and need for revenge on Arthur for refusing when she asked him to kill Myrddin. Medraud learns all sorts of necessary skills from traveling mercenaries and people who pass through. When he turns seventeen, he goes to find Arthur. At first I liked his character. Sure he was angry, but look how he was brought up. But once he got to Arthur's court, and started causing trouble, sowing the seeds of dissent, I kinda lost some of my sympathy for him. He could've been accepted into Arthur's court as an important warrior, and reunited with his lost twin, but no, he went bad. All because Arthur wouldn't name him as the heir, which growing up in these days of politics and whatnot everywhere, it's understandable. Once the established story of who Gwydre was was accepted by everyone, it would've been hard to change, just like Arthur said. I do agree that Medraud would've made a better warrior/leader type than Gwydre (who I liked in that sweet, nice guy sort of way) though. And, another new-to-me character! Gwynhwyfach, younger sister of Gwynhwyfar, who befriends Medraud and helps him for awhile in his plans. The final battle played out very well I thought, the realizations both Arthur and Medraud come to about the situation, the action, the ending, it was all great to me. I really enjoyed the ending. It was almost bittersweet, but it ended with a surprise for me in the fact that Arthur named Medraud's child, which Gwyn is carrying, his heir before they both die, together, forgiven I think. I liked it because it showed that Medraud wasn't all a bad guy in the end, which I've always thought personally despite always seeing him portrayed as evil.
So, all in all, satisfying. In terms of historical details, like background and stuff, such as the clothing, castles, landscape, way of life back then, it's way low. I would've liked a whole lot more detail there. But the characterization was done very well, so it kinda makes up for it. Plus I really liked seeing a whole new-to-me aspect of the old legend. I coulda read more though, I was almsot kinda surprised when I got to the last page, like, huh. I wanted more. So that's a good sign on the author's behalf, eh? I think I'm going to look into more by this author, this was a nifty little find :)


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