SWORD OF THE RIGHTFUL KING by Jane Yolen

SWORD OF THE RIGHTFUL KING

A Novel of King Arthur
Age Range: 11 & up

KIRKUS REVIEW

Political intrigue dominates this new version of how Arthur came to pull the sword Excalibur from a stone. Arthur, already an adult, is king but without full support of the country, so his advisor Merlinnus creates a stone with a sword in it that only Arthur will be able remove—thus demonstrating that he’s the rightful king. Meanwhile, Morgause, whom informed readers will recognize as Arthur’s evil half-sister and former lover, turns her powerful black magic against Arthur, plotting to put one of her sons on the throne. She sends four them to Arthur’s court, where one may be trying to kill him—a mystery. Another mystery is the real identity of Gawen, a boy with golden hair and slim build who becomes Merlinnus’s new helper and Arthur’s increasingly important friend. Fans of King Arthur will be the best audience for this tale; the reading benefits significantly from already knowing the characters’ backgrounds, not offered in any detail. Although the prolific Yolen usually supplies more action, those who can’t get enough of Arthur and his court will likely enjoy the different slant on his rise to power. (Fiction. 11+)

Pub Date: May 1st, 2003
ISBN: 0-15-202527-8
Page count: 368pp
Publisher: Harcourt
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 2003




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