Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Here Lies Arthur by Philip Reeve

Gwyna barely escapes with her life as Arthur and his band come through her master's estate, burning and pillaging. Running away, she encounters Myrddin, the bard that travels with Arthur. Myrddin takes her in, and after her appearance as Lady of the Lake, dresses her as Gwyn, his servant.

And so Gwyna's story begins. She travels with Myrddin far and wide, spreading stories of Arthur's great deeds--all of which are lies. Myrddin himself is the means to Arthur's greatness, a greatness that outlived the monster in real life.

This is an interesting tale of the King Arthur legend, played out through a young servant's eyes. Gwyna is not always quick on what is happening, but her place in Arthur's world gives an interesting point of view not often heard.

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