Le Morte D’Avalon

Always did love this cover

I have always felt that Morgan Le Fey was rather type cast – the evil woman plotting to overthrow all that is good and ‘knightly’ but in this book we see a divergence from the more traditional view of her character.  There are other books that touch on it but the only other that explores another perspective to the tales of Camelot is Marion Zimmer Bradley in the ‘Mists of Avalon’.

Here with J Robert King we see an amazing transition both in approach but also in the character herself.  As the old gods of Briton and the Isles diminish, slowly withering in the face of the priests of Christ (as they were known) until they become almost mortal, we find a young mortal girl who is making herself a goddess through sheer determination and the belief that the world will descend into war which will decimate the planet if Arthur and Merlin are left unchecked.

It is a fascinating look into the old religions and while Morgan Le Fey is no lily-white heroine, her story becomes that of all who fight for what they believe – right intentions, wrong turns, terrible loss and pain and the endless struggle to balance acts that you perceive as for ‘the greater good’ against the suffering of others.

When read with the other two books in the series you can see how the stories intertwine and how the differing factions and their acts are perceived through the eyes of others. Each of these novels can be read as a stand alone and reading all is not required for the reading of them individually, however as I have stated together they paint a compelling portrait of one of the most written about fantasy tales in the world.

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