Monday, January 22, 2007

Review: Sword of the Rightful King

Sword of the Rightful King by Jane Yolen

Based on the Arthurian legends, Sword of the Rightful King adds a different perspective and dimension to the story of Arthur and the sword in the stone.

Arthur has just become the king of Britain but not everyone is supportive of his rule. Merlinnus, his court mage, has come up with a plan to make people believe in young Arthur, but problems arise when it is learned that an assassin has been sent to Cadbury (Arthur's court) to kill the new king. Merlinnus also has a mysterious new assistant who is not exactly as he appears.

I quite enjoyed reading this book, even besides the fact that I like Arthurian stories. The twist at the end is clever (although there are clues) and not one I expected initially - at all. Jane Yolen uses the Latin names for people and places instead of the more familiar versions (Merlinnus = Merlin, Cadbury = Camelot, etc.), which further emphasizes that this interpretation is different, and the characters are full of personality and mystery.

4 stars out of 5.

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