Arthurian Legend

The Mists of Avalon

By Marion Zimmer Bradley

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Even readers who don't normally enjoy Arthurian legends will love this version, a retelling from the point of view of the women behind the throne. Morgaine (more commonly known as Morgan Le Fay) and Gwenhwyfar (a Welsh spelling of Guinevere) struggle for power, using Arthur as a way to score points and promote their respective worldviews.

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The Eagle's Brood

By Jack Whyte

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This is the saga of the colony known as Camulod and the relationship between Merlyn and Uther Pendragon, the man who will father the legendary Arthur.

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The Sword and the Circle: King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table

By Rosemary Sutcliff

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A retelling of the adventures and exploits of King Arthur and his knights at the court of Camelot and elsewhere in the land of the Britons, based on Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur.
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Pendragon

By Steven R. Lawhead

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At the dawn of his reign, a young king must prove his greatness...or lose a realm. Arthur is king -- but darkest evil has descended upon Britain's shores in many guises. Fragile alliances fray and tear, threatening all the noble liege has won with his wisdom and his blood. In this black time of plague and pestilence, Arthur's most trusted counselor Myrddin -- the warrior, bard, and kingmaker whom legend will name Merlin -- is himself to be tested on a mystical journey through his own extraordinary past. So Arthur must stand alone against a great and terrible adversary. For only thus can he truly win immortality -- and the name he will treasure above all others: Pendragon.

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In the Shadow of the Oak King

By Courtway Jones

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A new variation on the Arthurian tale, this version invents a new, older half-brother for Arthur and a brutal, tribal Britain as a setting. Jones's details of life and culture reflect his interest in anthropology and give the novel vivacity. Pelleas, a bastard of Uther's and intended for sacrifice to the Oak King, god of the druids, is saved by Myrddin and survives to help raise his younger half-brother.
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Arthur Rex: A Legendary Novel

By Thomas Berger

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With these tales, the author pays homage to the lives of King Arthur, the Round Table knights and their ladies, while introducing inspired new twists to the stories of old.
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The Sorcerer: Metamorphosis

By Jack Whyte

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Merlyn finally realizes his quest and, after Arthur successfully withdraws the Sword of Kingship from the stone, presents him as the rightful High King of Britain.
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The Return of Merlin

By Deepak Chopra

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Holistic health guru Chopra makes his fictional debut with a symbolic tale mixing Arthurian legends with a modern-day detective story.
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The Merlin Chronicles

By Mike Ashley, editor

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This collection of 72 stories by noted fantasy authors including Tanith Lee, Jane Yolen, and Charles de Lint focuses on the enigmatic figure of Merlin. Many of the stories are original to this volume.

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The Coming of the King: The First Book of Merlin

By Nikolai Tolstoy

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Merlin's world in all its complexities is memorably depicted in this first of three fictional studies by the author of the nonfiction The Quest for Merlin . The legendary figure tells his own story from his birth, including some mystical episodes. This book culminates in the battle of Dineirth, where Merlin has accompanied King Maelgun the Tall.

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