Although his many duties as the Duke of Cornwall often kept him away from home, young Morgan loved her father. And when the six-year-old witnessed a man leaving her mother's chamber, a man that looked just like her father but was nothing like him, she knew something was wrong. For her father was dead - killed by the king Uther Pendragon, who then steals Morgan's mother away. Bitter with anger and resentment, the little girl awakens something magical within her - a power that can be used for good or evil. For five years Morgan and her sister Morgause are cared for by their childhood nurse, Ongwynn, and during that time, Morgan's hatred for the king and for her half-brother Arthur steadily grows. When the king dies, Morgan dares to hope that her life will go back to the way it used to be - but instead, she and her sister are forced to flee to Ongwynn's isolated home. There, Morgan's power steadily grows - but so does her hatred. Morgan knows she has a dark fate she is doomed to fulfill - and although she fights it, her struggles are in vain. This was a powerful retelling of a legend, as seen through the eyes of a young woman who fights to control her future, even though she knows deep inside she is doomed to failure.
on October 24, 2001
I am Morgan le Fay
By: Nancy Springer
Ms. Olivet Eng. per.2
I am Morgan le Fay is a spellbinding tale of the enchanted place, Avalon, from long ago. It has an incredibly facinating plot, with impecable details. Together these two characteristics create a captivating novel that reaches into the mind of the reader.
Nancy Springer's use of imagery brings the reader into the mystical Arthurian world of the sorceress, herself, Morgan le Fay. The castles, forests, events, and never-ending emotions are portrayed so well in the story that the reader can clearly picture them in his/her mind. The author also brings you, the reader, into the mind of the spoiled, stubborn Morgan, as she grows both older and wiser. As you read through the book, you feel everything that Morgan feels, and begin to think the way
she does, often forgetting about reality and falling into the words of the novel.
As Morgan grows by learning and gaining powers from the milprieve stone, she begins to understand more about herself, and how her past has formed the person she is now.
Overall, I felt the novel, I am Morgan le Fay, was a fantastic book filled with dazzling events, people, and places that tease the mind for more reading. I would most definitely recommend this book to readers with creative minds, good imaginations, and those who enjoy fantasy.
Brilliant re-imagining of the story of Morgan le Fay (though it should be Fey). This prequel/companion to I Am Mordred again deals with Briton's première dysfunctional family. Morgan resents her half brother Arthur from his birth. He is the offspring of King Uther who murdered her father to sleep with their mother. Arthur is the reason she and her flighty older sister Morgause must flee their castle Tintagel with their nurse who is more than just a nurse. Arthur is the object of their mother's obsession when she goes slightly mad after Uther's death. Morgan tries to fight fate and live a happy life away from the world with her true love Sir Thomas, but she loses the fight, her lover, and for a time her mind. The characterizations, especially Morgan's, are excellent as is the imagery and writing in general. Morgan's complex relationship with Thomas not to mention what is intimated at the tale's end to occur between ½ siblings Morgause and Arthur push this title firmly on to YA ground unlike it's companion volume. The infusion of figures from mythology is nicely handled too. The author has created a wholely believable world! Worth a look see whether you are an Arthurian tale fan or not. There are draggy bits, but the last thirty-forty pages are wonderful!
on May 30, 2003
This has to be the best book I have EVER read in my entire life. It not only contains magic, suspense, betrayle, and hatered, but it also containes passion,undieing love,and loss.
This story is about a little girl who doesn't really know her destiny, and as she grows up she starts to find it step by step. She finds a magical druid stone one day, and then, before she knows it, starts to start on a never ending adventure- literally. For Morgan le Fay means Morgan the fate, and this fated girl will have to live with the scars of her youth for the rest of her life, and be burdend with the infamous power that brought her those scars. For she is Morgan le Fay...
on September 2, 2004
I am Morgan le Fay is about Morgan, the bewitching daughter of Igraine, who will be the one who brings about King Arthur of Camelot's downfall. Morgan le Fay means Morgan the Fate, and she learns about how one cannot change fate, except bring the ultimate result about in a different manner. The impetuous Morgan is bewitching with one purple eye and one green eye and raven dark hair. Morgan finds a mystical stone called a milpreve, and from that day, her life is never the same. Her father, the Duke of Cornwall, is killed in order for Uther Pendgraon to wed the beautiful Igraine. Igraine bears a son, the future King Arthur, by Uther. When Uther is killed, the throne for succession is empty, and wars erupt. For the safety of Morgan and her sister Morgause, they flee with their mysterious Nurse, actually a white witch named Ongwynn, to "Caer Ongwynn" far from their home of Caer Tintagel. There, they live with her for some time, and it is there that Morgan first "awakens" her innate fay powers. When Morgan is fifteen, she is summoned by mysterious forces to go to the enchanted place known as Avalon. There at Avalon, there are many fays, or beings who were once gods, and her mother, Igraine, sitting day in and day out calling for her son, Arthur. In the rest of the book, Morgan grows stronger in her fay/"sorcery" powers while she also falls deeply in love. She also tries to deny fate, but she learns painfully and tragically that it cannot be done. "If I had my way, fate be damned."
This story is quite lyrical. Powerful imagery is prominent throughout the book. Morgan, telling the story in first person, reveals all of her deepest thoughts, her temper, and her vain attempts to control her own fate and others' fates. Morgan falls victim to love, and the exchanges between her and her beloved are tender and sweet, but she learns in the last part of the book that 1) men cannot be prisoners of love forever and 2) one cannot deny his/her ultimate fate. Although gripping, I must note the outcome is a little abrupt and quick. Everything is building up beautifully, then BAM, it is over in two paragraphs. I am still left a little shocked at the abruptness, but overall, I am Morgan le Fay is a wonderful read, a nice break from all the attention King Arthur and Guenevere receive in literature. Now I appreciate this character of Morgan, no matter how tragic she turns out to be.
on October 28, 2001
I was raised in a world almost as traditional as that of the legends, 1950s-style, in an old-fashioned Middle American family. A little girl was supposed to look sweet and not talk back, so, like many females before me, I became an expert at hiding my disobedience. As far back as I can remember, I knew that I was sneaky and bad; perhaps I was born to write about the misfit, the outcast, the oddling. I was raised in a world of surface smiles and secret truth. Intensely curious about everything my parents hid from me, I spent my childhood unraveling mysteries -- adult relationships, the Tooth Fairy, rudiments of sex, Santa Claus, neighborhood infidelities, the Easter Bunny. I questioned platitudes, I debunked white lies, I became fascinated with exposing what was hidden, finding out, turning over the stone in search of the grubs underneath. To this day, I go fishing in muddy water. I remain obsessed by the substance beneath the surface. It's no wonder, then, that I chose to write about Mordred and, later, about Morgan le Fay. I had to know: What truth lay beneath the "wicked woman" surface? Fate to the contrary, no one is born evil. Morgan was not born a sorceress any more than Mordred was was born a murderer. How did Morgan of Cornwall become Morgan le Fay?
Having been a sneaky, secretly disobedient little girl once, I thought I knew how it might have been for her.
on November 28, 2015
The character of Morgan le Fay has always fascinated me but finally this book tells me how she got to be Morgan le Fay which is cleared up here. She learns the truth about her father, the Duke & her mother, Igraine the beautiful & what she learns is devastating. There are a lot of Celtic goddesses & gods brought to life here & she decides to become Fey. The Wild Hunt is mentioned also & Morgan learns she must decide what kind of Fey does she want to be. Through a series of events that occur while she learns how to strengthen her power, she decides to become the most awed Fey of all !
on November 5, 2004
Everybody knows Morgan le Fay's reputation of being one of the most evil characters in the Arthurian myth and how she tried to ruin Arthur with her every calculated move. Few see Morgan le Fay as what she is depicted as in Nancy Springer's version in which an innocent young girl meets her demise because of the evil actions of those around her.
Morgan le Fay was a normal girl until she saw a man that looked exactly like her father go to bed with her mother Igraine. However, that man was not her father, who had died hours before in battle, but the king, Urther, who lusted after her mother. Soon Uther takes Igraine to be his wife and little Morgan and her older sister Morgause are left to live with nurse Ongwynn. However as the landscape becomes more and more dangerous Morgan and her sister must escape with nurse Ongwynn to her secret home. There Morgan learns her magical powers and falls in love with Thomas, an intriguing young man. Desperate for answers to her life, the young teenage Morgan sets off to find her mother in Avalon. Along the way she faces many trials and her relationship with Thomas deepens. Yet in the end rejection and selfishness leads to Morgan's ultimate demise and her fall into darkness begins.
Morgan comes off as a very powerful character who you feel sorry for because a lot of things in her life were uncontrollable. The path to her demise is hard to read because the reader wishes every step that Morgan had made a different decision to save herself. The romance between Morgan and Thomas is the shining part of the story and its bittersweet ending is hard to swallow. Besides Morgan and Thomas, other characters were weak, with probably the exception of nurse, who came across as a very motherly figure. Igraine hit a sour note with me. I just didn't really see much in her. The ending was a bit odd but hints at the future of Morgan. The villian in the story was very weak and you feel a bit betrayed in the end with the demise of the romance. In the end Nance Springers version of Morgan was very insightful and will be a hit with all fans of Camelot.
Nancy Springer's "I Am Mordred" is still one of the most original and intriguing retellings of Arthurian legend. Now there is a prequel to that work "I Am Morgan Le Fey," a haunting story of a young girl's gradual downhill stumble.
Morgan's father died the night she saw a strange man going off with her mother Igraine. That man, the king, soon took Igraine to be his queen, and her little daughters went to live with the nurse Ongwynn. During that time, Morgan falls in love with Ongwynn's doomed son Thomas, and learns of her own blossoming magical powers.
But things take a nasty turn when she is a teenager. Armed with a druid stone and the aid of gods and fay, she goes on a quest to find her traumatized mother in Avalon. But losses and rejection will spur her on to a destiny that she was desperate to avoid...
Like its sequel, "Morgan" is ultimately a psychological work. Springer avoids "it wasn't his/her fault" traps, instead focusing on explaining rather than excusing. The romance is bittersweet and well-written, which makes the violence and darker undercurrents even more disturbing. And though Morgan's glimpses of the future, we also see a few facets of what we also saw in "I Am Mordred" -- Morgan as she would be about twenty or thirty years in the future, and what she would do to her family.
The main difficulty with the book is that in places it feels a little distended, as if the plot is being scraped a bit too thin. The writing is lush and detailed, with different atmosphere for different settings: Dreamy for Avalon, woodsy and homelike for Ongwynn's cottage, and dangerous for any of the roads.
Morgan is a genuinely compelling anti-heroine, who will have readers wishing that her path were anything else. Thomas will win over readers as well, a quiet character who lacks Morgan's darkness. Igraine and Morgause may annoy the readers, and Ongwynn will interest as the surrogate grandmother figure. The other characters are pretty undeveloped, especially the villain.
Definitely a good read for fans of good spins on Arthuriana, and definitely for fans of Morgan le Fay (I would recommend this highly over any other Morgan-related book).
on March 5, 2014
My laundry and dishes suffered because of this book. I really couldn't wait to get back to it. I knew it would end tragically with Morgan le Fay as the protag., but I had to know what happened next! The writing style drew me in. I found myself re-reading sentences because they were so artfully written. This is a keeper. I will re-read it because it was such a beautiful, heartbreaking story.