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I Am Mordred: A Tale from Camelot

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Mordred only wants his father's love, but Camelot believes Merlin's prophecy, Arthur's killer. The doomed narrator, forever dressed in black, fights his destiny. Only lovely Nyneve believes the lad can be good, traps manipulator Merlin, gives boy white pup Gull, takes them to his mother's castle.
184 pages
Published by Turtleback Books (first published April 13th 1998)
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Hannah If they're a good reader than yes. This is really not the best book to get a grip on Mordred as a character anyway though so I really don't recommend.…moreIf they're a good reader than yes. This is really not the best book to get a grip on Mordred as a character anyway though so I really don't recommend. (less)
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Kat  Hooper
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3.5 stars


Almost all the modern stories derived from Arthurian legends focus on King Arthur, Queen Guinevere, Sir Lancelot, Sir Gawain, and Merlin. Why does Mordred, the man who eventually brings down the whole shebang, get such short shrift? There’s plenty of source material, most notably Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Historia Regum Britanniae and Thomas Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur. Maybe it’s that Mordred isn’t very romantic. Or maybe
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PurplyCookie
One of the most enigmatic and mysterious characters of Arthurian legend is Arthur's illegitimate son, Mordred. Unfortunately, he is also one of the least explored. In a market flooded with preachy, badly-written Arthuriana, "I Am Mordred" shines like a rare, dark gem.

The book opens with King Arthur sadly setting dozens of newborn babies adrift on the ocean. Several years later, we see a young boy living peacefully with a fisherman and his wife. Their happy lives are interrupted when a woman name
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Courtney
Mordred is a young boy raised by a fisherwoman. He was young and happy until a woman rode up on a horse and took him away. Her name was Nyneve and she knew who Mordred really was, He was the only son of King Arthur. But instead of his birth being a joyous occasion the king tries to have him killed as a baby. Merlin prophesized that Mordred would kill King Arthur because of the nature of his birth, Mordred was conceived in an incestual relationship between Arthur and his sister Morgause. Nyneve ...more
Kristina
The interest in reading this sprung mainly from my current Merlin kick. In all honesty, I was shocked at how much I enjoyed it. I figured that it would play out as more of a children's book that wouldn't hardly scratch the surface of the pain and conflict that Mordred felt. Boy, was I ever wrong. I Am Mordred was a beautifully told story about a very conflicted and struggling boy. The characters were realistic as well as the dialogue and setting.

Mordred's life has always been one full of pity a
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Harold Smithson (Suicide punishable by Death)
A surprisingly complex book.

Mordred, for those of you who aren't aware, is a figure from Arthurian legend. The illegitimate son of King Arthur was demonized in the original text due to his birth. Here, his side of the story is told. And it's not as simple as misunderstood softie. Instead, it's a study into the idea of fate and self-fulfilling prophecy.

Mordred has been marked as the man who will kill King Arthur since his birth, which caused the king to cast all the babies of his kingdom out into
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Kara
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Sandra Strange
This novel adds flesh to the legends of Mordred. It takes real squeezing to make Mordred a sympathetic protagonist. This novel at least explains his actions and makes his motivations believable. Mostly, the novel is fantasy adventure with a wisp of theme: struggle against fate, and self fulfilling prophecy: does Mordred become the myth only because he is prophesied to do those actions that destroy Arthur's Camelot? Do the prophecies come about because of his character combined with the circumsta ...more
Liz
I read this book because I had previously read another book by the same author called I am Morgan le fay. both books are an interesting adaption of the classic tale of king Arthur, Camelot, and Avalon. this version begins with king Arthur filling a boat with newborn boys in order to ensure that his own son does not come back and fulfill his destiny and kill him. The boat was found by a fisherman and there was one baby still living. The fisherman and his wife had recently lost their own child so ...more
Jessica
This book was a successful journey into one of my favorite book subjects: taking a famous story and looking at it from an evil character or foe who might more or less be misunderstood. Short and sweet, but a little more bittersweet in where it is destined to go. Definitely worth a read.
805josh
This was a great fiction/fantasy book. It shows the story of Mordred and the dred of him having that cursed name in Camalot. I also think this book kind of had a double meaning; one was just a story about a cursd kid but the other is that you can change your fate if you really try.
Loopy
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Hannah
Yet another book that tries to capture the complexity of Mordred and fails completely. Mordred in every book I seem to read is always painted as a shallow two dimensional character and its quite wearying. He has such potential as a character but it always remains untapped. The book is far too short to even scratch the surface of his life and the way the legend is played with is not tastefully done. The writing style is also very juvenile but even so I would not recommend this even to a young rea ...more
Briene
Dec 05, 2008 Briene rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves Arthurian mythology, fantasy tales, or simply exceptional writing.
Recommended to Briene by: The book was assigned to me for my 9th grade Summer reading proj

"Although it has been about 4 years since I read the tale of Mordred, a part of the story still lingers around in my head. The shocking discoveries and revelations that unfold help create a sense of mystery leading to a never-ending read. The development of the protagonist, Mordred, and the adventure that he sets out on will surely grab a hold of you along with Nancy Springer’s exceptional and detailed form of writing.

The exceptional writing of Springer led me to (currently) read the sequel/spin

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Hazel West
Thoughts on the Overall Book: I've always held a soft spot for Mordred. Unlike Morgan la Fay (who I never liked) he always seemed to me a victim of circumstance, and I always felt awful that he was a slave to his fate. This story changes the tale of his villainy to a heart-wrenching story that is terribly sad, but well done.

Cover--Yea or Nay: It's not the best cover I have ever seen, but it's not bad either.

Characters: Okay, I'll admit, it is really hard to read Arthurian books after watching BB
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Sarah Stevens
Funnily enough, I didn't pick this book out for myself. Instead, my 4yo daughter did, saying that "it looked like something Mommy would like." How well does she know me!

Hearing a portion of King Arthur's tale from the mouth of Mordred himself is a great concept and executed very well. Instead of going through the motions of retelling the Arthurian tale, Springer focuses instead on making all of the events very real and present. King Arthur is a golden ruler of magical gifts, but his burdens are
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Anka
5/5

I may be remembering this through rose-colored glasses, but it was one of the first Arthurian-inspired books I read that truly sympathized with Mordred and, in turn, fostered my lifelong affection for him. He is genuinely one of my favorite mythological/historical/literary figures EVER, in part due to this book.

It paints Mordred as a child hopelessly seeking love. He is the tragic product of a self-fulfilling prophecy. Morgause gives birth to Mordred mostly to use him as a pawn in Arthur's d
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Becky Ginther
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Mena
Already a fan of I Am Morgan le Fay I was pleased to come across this book. As most reviewers have already stated, Mordred is too often painted as a black hearted villain. This was a breath of fresh air in the Arthurian genre.

I really enjoyed reading things from an innocent Mordred's point of view. You cannot help but feel sympathy for a character who, no matter how good his intentions or how hard he tries to do the right thing, has a life filled with so much strife and sorrow.

I only had two pro
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Lisa Litberg
I really, really liked this book. Granted, I love the Arthurian mythology, and it is hard for me to not enjoy ANY retelling of that story. But I think what I really enjoyed about this book was the deeper theme of predestination--is it possible for us to avoid what we are meant to become?

In this novel, no. Destiny wins in the end, despite all of Mordred's better efforts. The reader is privy to his feelings of love and hate for Arthur, the father whom he is destined to destroy. We watch as he trie
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Rosalyn Eves
I've been reading a bunch of Arthurian stuff for a project I'm working on. This particular book takes on the conclusion of the Arthurian saga from the perspective of Mordred, Arthur's son by his half-sister, and usually seen as the villain of the Camelot tragedy. In that sense, it's similar to Mary Stewart's The Wicked Day, but this is written for a middle-grade/YA audience. The style of writing is pretty high fantasy--sometimes it was lovely; othertimes it seemed a little over-done to me. I did ...more
Erin
Apr 21, 2008 Erin rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Erin by: Nii
Springer's second novel does not fail to please. As a fan of I Am Morgan Le Fay, I was excited, to say the least, to read its companion, I Am Mordred. Immediately I can sense Springer's descriptive style and her way of drawing you inside the novel. I think what I adored most about this novel is how she takes the situation of a medieval teenager and yet it reads like a modern teenager's story. Mordred is easily relatable, in his yearning for his father's acceptance and love, and how teenagers are ...more
Leeanna
I Am Mordred, by Nancy Springer

In "I Am Mordred," Springer recounts the life of King Arthur's illegitimate son, the son who will kill him. Mordred's typically gotten a bad rap or been ignored in Authurian stories, and Springer takes a different approach and tries to show what led to him killing Arthur.

Because Mordred was conceived by Arthur and his half-sister, he was considered morally evil as soon as he was born. Springer examines Mordred through the lens of today, where most people assume ch
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Shannon
I give it four stars because as the book before this "I am morgan le fay" this one didn't excite me as much. But each chapter was filled with the drama and trifling things mordred and the people around him had to go through. How he grew up and changed really got me into this book, seeing al the changing and how wise and different his views were as he grew up. I admire this book a lot just like I have for a lot of nancy springers books.
Katie Varga
Reading the title and the summary, I expected it to be a medieval tale about knights, swords, fight, maybe magic and other stuff. But it was completely different. Though it is said to be for young readers, I think it is quite a tough story. It's full of philosophy and melancoly, and its main goal is to present the inner development of the main character. The author did a great job on describing the feelings and thoughts of Mordred.
Aryana
The Arturian saga told from the point of view of Mordred, Arthur's bastard son, sired with his own sister. A child of prophecy, for Merlin told Arthur that he would die by his own son's hand. The king has to act - to prevent his son from killing him, he must kill his son, an so 40 babies are sent on the sea in a small boat to die out there, Mordred among them. Fisherfolk found him, the only baby living among all the dead, he grows to be a fisher boy until Nyneve finds him and takes him to Lothia ...more
Diana
I'm not big on my Arthurian legends but I could recognize that this was no sword in the stone. Like Springer's other myth retellings, I knew this one would be dark so I was reluctant to get close to the main character, Mordred. Against my best wishes, he endeared himself to my heart and like always, Springer ripped my heart asunder.

This is a great story and not just for fans of King Arthur; anyone who appreciates a good medieval fantasy will enjoy I am Mordred. I wholly recommend it and I can o
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Jennavier
Surprisingly good despite the dreadful cover. I liked how Springer eased some nasty topics into the narrative in a way that didn't overwhelm me or her target audience. The ending was a little rushed but since it was true to the story I didn't want to hang out there anyway.
Jessica
I usually prefer a more happy, hopeful story, but since I knew the story of Mordred was more of a tragedy from the beginning, at least I was prepared for it. It is a very sad story, but it has a lot of emotion and goodness, and you really feel for Mordred as from a young age he was pulled away from happiness and forced to struggle with a fate he couldn't escape and went against his very nature. I really loved his dog Gull and his friend and counselor Nyneve, and you even come to really love Mord ...more
An Odd1
Sad "everyone knows how it ends". Mordred, now "forever dressed in black" belies Merlin's foretelling, tells his life from start. "I would fight my fate" p 99. Like Greek tragedy, ballad inexorably marches to doom. (view spoiler) ...more
Eli
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BIO -- NANCY SPRINGER


Nancy Springer has passed the fifty-book milestone, having written that many novels for adults, young adults and children, in genres including mythic fantasy, contemporary fiction, magical realism, horror, and mystery -- although she did not realize she wrote mystery until she won the Edgar Allan Poe Award from the Mystery Writers of America two years in succession. DARK LIE
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