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The Road to Camlann. The Death of King Arthur (Legends of King Arthur #3)

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The evil Mordred, plotting against his father King Arthur, implicates the Queen and Sir Lancelot in treachery and brings about the downfall of Camelot and the Round Table.
Hardcover, 142 pages
Published September 9th 1982 by Dutton Juvenile (first published 1980)
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This book is lovely, too. I didn't quite cry, really, but there was a certain tight ache in my throat at certain points. The bittersweetness is much closer to the bitter than the sweet in this book, but thankfully I didn't feel like I had to hate any character for the way they treated the others -- they were all handled carefully, their feelings justified. I loved the characterisation of Arthur, the way he wanted so much to show mercy and to be kind to Lancelot and Guinevere, but the way he also ...more
Steve Hemmeke
Apr 26, 2011 Steve Hemmeke rated it liked it
This tragic tale is a classic, and Sutcliff does fairly well in the retelling. 3 stars for the retelling. 5 stars for the story itself.

Lancelot's illicit love for Guinivere brings the downfall of Camelot, dividing the knights of the round table against each other. The story asserts that Lancelot is the greatest knight in the kingdom, because of his superior fighting skills against all other knights, and also because he heals a wounded foreign knight by laying his hands on him, who had a dream th
Oct 06, 2010 Abigail rated it really liked it
I picked this novel up from the children's section of the library, thinking I would look it over for my nephew. I turned to the first page, intending only to skim a few lines, and ended up reading it all night. I fell asleep over the book, and woke up early the next morning to finish before going to work.

This story, meant for young readers but easily the most mature work I've read this year, is the last in a trilogy on the legend of King Arthur. Sutcliff manages to tell the tale with all the act
Tatiana Gomez
Oct 05, 2013 Tatiana Gomez rated it really liked it
The third book in Sutcliff's triology retelling the Arthurian saga.

Although these books are for purpotedly younger readers, and filed in the children's section at most libraries, I would not read this aloud to any child I know. I mean that as praise, not as a criticism. This series is heavy in symbolism and developed characters with real, human emotions that speak to adult readers in simple but profound ways, and this book certainly carries that forward as the demise of Arthur's kingdom brings t
May 06, 2008 SarahC rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The second of Rosemary Sutcliff's that I have read and the first of her young adult novels. I previously read The Sword at Sunset, one of the most beautiful and moving books I have ever read - Arthurian or otherwise. I wasn't disappointed in Road to Camlann. The same moving language and impressive treatment of Arthur and all that inhabit his world. Highly recommend.
Sep 22, 2011 Chrissy rated it it was amazing
Really a fantastic book.
I was a little doubtful when I picked it up in the kids section of the library, but it exceeded my expectations.
Sutcliff's Mordred is a chilling villian.
Jul 15, 2013 Sandy rated it really liked it
I hated seeing the book come to an end, yet all of the loose ends were wrapped up leaving me wanting to read other books about King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.
Gwen Burrow
Jun 17, 2009 Gwen Burrow rated it liked it
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The last one in the Arthur trilogy. Sutcliff is already working with fairly tragic material, and her dark, pre-Christian style makes it even sadder.
Jul 05, 2008 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I never got to hear about what happened to the rest of the Knights of the Round Table after King Arthur died until I read this book.
Sep 08, 2015 Joy rated it it was amazing
*sniffles* "We shall have made such a blaze that men will remember us on the other side of the dark."
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Rosemary Sutcliff was a British novelist, best known as a writer of highly acclaimed historical fiction. Although primarily a children's author, the quality and depth of her writing also appeals to adults, she herself once commenting that she wrote "for children of all ages from nine to ninety."

Born in West Clandon, Surrey, Sutcliff spent her early youth in Malta and other naval bases where her fa
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