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Initial post: Feb 18, 2013 6:39:05 AM PST
RP says:
What are your suggestions for the best Arthurian books?

Posted on Feb 18, 2013 8:52:25 AM PST
L. S. Jansen says:
Depends on what you are looking for - do you want traditional, ala: Mists of Avalon or Legacy: Arthurian Saga (Four book bundle of Crystal Cave, The Hollow Hills, The Last Enchantment and The Wicked Day)? or do you mind a mixed SF/F setting: The Copper Crown (Keltiad)? Do you enjoy well written Young Adult: set post nuclear holocaust The Winter of Magic's Return or contemporary: The Dark Is Rising Sequence: Over Sea, Under Stone; The Dark Is Rising; Greenwitch; The Grey King; Silver on the Tree?

There are a lot of really good Arthurian books out there in almost in every genre, so if you can give us a little more information as to what you're looking for, we might be able to steer you to the right books.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 18, 2013 10:01:34 AM PST
Reader79 says:
My favorite is The Once and Future King by T.H. White. Frequent re-read for me.

Posted on Feb 18, 2013 10:06:42 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 18, 2013 10:07:55 AM PST
I enjoyed Bernard Cornwell's "Warlord Chronicles" trilogy. I purchased it as a Kindle omnibus edition that featured the books below, but it doesn't look like it is still available as an omnibus.

The Winter King: A Novel of Arthur (Warlord Chronicles)
Enemy of God: A Novel of Arthur (A Novel of Arthur: The Warlord Chronicles)
Excalibur: A Novel of Arthur (Warlord Chronicles)

Posted on Feb 18, 2013 10:24:49 AM PST
Off the subject, but was there ever a better King Arthur movie than Excalabur?

Posted on Feb 18, 2013 11:02:18 AM PST
D.W. Jackson says:
i dont know anderson i kinda like the new one they made a few years ago a different spin on the whole king autor thing.

Posted on Feb 18, 2013 11:51:50 AM PST
R. Garrick says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Feb 18, 2013 12:28:22 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 18, 2013 12:29:38 PM PST
L. S. Jansen says:
You should go to the Meet Our Authors forum: http://www.amazon.com/forum/meet%20our%20authors/ref=cm_cd_topf_t?_encoding=UTF8&cdForum=Fx2UYC1FC06SU8S

Amazon frowns on self promotion in other threads.

And the book doesn't even match what this thread is about in any case.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 18, 2013 12:34:44 PM PST
L. S. Jansen says:
It's an interesting take on the Arthurian myth. However, I prefer the grittier versions myself, like the made-for-TV movie Merlin (Special Edition) with Sam Neill ... No anachronistic shiny armor for me. LOL =0)

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 18, 2013 2:03:50 PM PST
I second the Cornwell suggestion, totally. Best Arthurian books I've ever read (and I've read a lot).

Posted on Feb 18, 2013 4:43:00 PM PST
Captain says:
Check out the original one, Le Morte D'Arthur

Posted on Feb 18, 2013 6:36:00 PM PST
I have this one on my shelf to read, but I picked it up because I'd heard it has an Arthurian theme. Awakenings

Posted on Feb 19, 2013 4:10:18 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 21, 2013 4:52:09 AM PST
RP says:
Thanks everyone....I perfer the legendary Arthur. Also am very impressed with the BBC show Merlin. I am currently reading "The Once and Future King" but the Cornwell books and the Stewart books look interesting.

Posted on Feb 19, 2013 4:25:12 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 19, 2013 4:25:48 AM PST
I'm another fan of Bernard Cornwell. All of his historical fiction is great. In addition to his Warlord (Arthurian) series, I particularly recommend the Saxon Chronicles and Grail Quest series. If you haven't discovered Cornwell, do yourself a favor and give him a try.

Here are links to the first books in each of the other two series I've mentioned:
The Last Kingdom (Saxon Tales Book 1)
The Archer's Tale (The Grail Quest, Book 1)

NOTE: The Kindle edition of The Archer's Tail is currently on sale for the promotional price of $3.79.

Posted on Feb 19, 2013 12:48:36 PM PST
D.W. Jackson says:
i dont want to sound like an idiot but here goes
what the heck is (authurian)

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 19, 2013 1:42:42 PM PST
I have to say that I thought the Grail Quest books tailed off in the second and third, after a strong start. I don't think Cornwell did a good job of incorporating the Grail legend, and should have stuck to a straight historical narrative.

Having said that, he remains one of the strongest historical authors out there.

The Saxon Chronicles are excellent - a couple of the volumes, again, are weaker than the others; but in the most recent ones he regained his mojo and I really look forward to the next (which might be the last?) in the series.

Posted on Feb 19, 2013 2:12:08 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 19, 2013 2:12:31 PM PST
@ D.W. Jackson - 'Arthurian' books are about the King Arthur legacy.

There are a lot of variants out there.

Posted on Feb 19, 2013 2:56:55 PM PST
L. S. Jansen says:
Anyone here read the Jack Whyte books? How are those?

Posted on Feb 19, 2013 5:30:25 PM PST
Q-What is your name?
A-Arthur, King of th Brittains
Q-What is your quest?
A-To seek the Holy Grail
Q-What is the wing speed velocity of an unladen swallow?
A-What do you mean? African or Europian?
What? I don't know that! Yeeeeeeeeaaaarg!

Posted on Feb 20, 2013 7:59:22 AM PST
@ Lori - I enjoyed Whyte's "Camulod Chronicles". They are a pre-Arthur story for the most part exploring the events leading up to Arthur's rise to power. I liked the slant Whyte took with the forging of Excalibur.

The only book in the series that was slow for me was "Uther" because it was basically the same story told earlier, but from a different perspective.

If you like a truly magical Merlin, this isn't the series for you; however, he is still interesting.

Posted on Feb 21, 2013 4:50:38 AM PST
RP says:
Has anyone read any of the books by Stephen Lawhead?

Posted on Feb 21, 2013 7:32:02 AM PST
I read Taliesin (The Pendragon Cycle), the first in Lawhead's five-book series. I gave it four stars.

I enjoyed the first book because it told about Merlin's parents and the lost city of Atlantis. My biggest complaint was the mixing of Christianity with Paganism. I realize religion played a major role in England's history, but I didn't like how the author chose to mix them together.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 21, 2013 8:39:49 AM PST
L. S. Jansen says:
Thanks for the info! I think I might pick one up at some point.

I like Merlin in all guises, but yeah his magical aspect is my favorite.

Posted on Feb 21, 2013 11:54:11 AM PST
I'm the same way Lori.

It seems like when Merlin is magical, the books take on more of a Fantasy element, but when his "magic" is just illusion, tricks, and superstition, the books seem like they are more attuned to our present world.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 21, 2013 12:24:43 PM PST
I think I've read them all, but to be honest I don't really remember them. I seem to recall that I enjoyed them, but the last irritated me, because the ending was very weak. (I would expand, but I don't want to be accused of revealing spoilers. Darn it ... I want to explain why I was irritated, but cannot do so without giving it away ...)
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