Arthur: The Once and Future Story

From the silvered and shadowed mists of Britain's Iron Age past comes the legend of King Arthur. Schooled by a mighty wizard, betrayed by his wife and his best friend, this greatest of legendary kings and his knights fought fierce invaders, rescued ladies in distress, and adventured to the far reaches of the realm to seek the Holy Grail. Although undone at the last by Mordred, the bards sing that he did not die but rather sailed to the faery realm where he waits for his country's darkest hour. It is then that he will come forth and save the day one last time. Certainly his legend has inspired a host of modern fantasy writers.

Read on for marvels, perils, and romance set in the Kingdom of Camelot.

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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Merlin's Harp

By Anne Eliot Crompton

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Niviene, daughter of the Lady of the Lake, sister to the faerie knight who would come to be known as Lancelot, and student of Merlin, finds her destiny in the court of the legendary Arthur.
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Merlin's Bones

By Fred Saberhagen

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Dr. Elaine Brusen's research into the nature of time and space opens a gateway connecting the 21st century with England's post-Arthurian Dark Ages. This creates a nexus of magical energy that centers on the resting place of one of legendary history's most powerful individuals. Saberhagen juxtaposes the perils of a wandering troupe of medieval actors, a Viking warrior's holy quest, the legend of the Fisher King, and a modern scientist's search for the ultimate truth to create an intoxicating blend of romance, adventure, danger, and time-travel.

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Mary Stewart's Merlin Trilogy

By Mary Stewart

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The Merlin Trilogy is Mary Stewart's take on the Arthurian legend in three books: The Crystal Cave, The Hollow Hills, and The Last Enchantment. These books have Merlin, Arthur's wizard mentor, as their focal point, and the result is a charming, engrossing tale providing a unique perspective on a familiar tale.

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The Guardian of the Balance

By Irene Radford

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Merlin's daughter, Wren, is sworn to preserve the natural balance of the world--and although her rightful place should have been in Avalon, she is instead forced to confront an overwhelming evil which may well destroy her entire civilization.
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The Dragon Queen

By Alice Borchardt

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Set in a Britain freshly rid of Roman rule, this tale is loosely based on Arthurian legend. Readers meet a noble Arthur, a wise Morgana, a mesmerizing yet nasty Merlin, and a very different sort of Guinevere. Raised by wolves and endowed with ivy-like skin armor reminiscent of Celtic tattoos, this young woman is no frail maiden in need of a Lancelot.

Young Guinevere blossoms into womanhood while finding herself at the center of a struggle for the soul of her country. On one side is the powerful arch druid Merlin, who has sold out to Romano-British slaveholders. On the other side are matriarchs, sorcerers, and sorceresses, all of whom honor the old ways.
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