I Am Mordred
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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 ...more
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 ...more
Il libro di Nancy Springer è un retelling che mette sotto i riflettori proprio Mordred, il bambino nato da un terribile incesto, destinato a mettere la parola fine alla leggenda di re Artù. Un personaggio negativo, il traditore, l’assassino: nella letteratura classica non c’è spazio per la redenzione o per la simpatia. È l’antagonista, puro e semplice.
La Springer, invece, fa di Mordred la voce narrante: il libro si ...more
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 ...more
Mordred's life has always been one full of pity a ...more
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 ...more
I Am Mordred opens with King Arthur placing an infant Mordred - the son of Arthur and his own half-sister - into a boat with many other infants, all of whom are to be drowned. Mordred survives this murder attempt, however, and is rescued and reared by a fisherman and his wife, then later retrieved and taken to live with his mother and half-siblings. Throughout the book, Mordred struggles with his desire to be loved by his father and the belie ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
"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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
After he frees a caged hawk, boy gives up. The merlin hawk kills the white hawk his captor Nyneve created to protect her beloved husband Sir Pelleas, thereby her and Gull. The sorceress and the white hound were the only ones Mordred loved, loved him. Father King Arthur ...more
I have to say that when I read this, I was really, really into the twists on the Arthurian Legends, and I have to say this is one of my favorites. I think there were one or two time when I just wanted to weep it was so moving. It was just a great perspective and very 3 dimensional. Also, read 'I am Morgan le Fay'! Same author, same era, same setting, different main character. Yeah... as you can see I suck at writing reviews. At least I am not like "OMG, this book is so bae!!"(Look up b ...more
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 ...more