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King Arthur

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King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table - and the chivalry, romance, heroism, and betrayal at the heart of the legendary tale - have gripped the imagination of the world for centuries. In KING ARTHUR, young Arthur is given a seemingly impossible mission - to defeat a bloodthirsty Saxon conqueror and his army, a dozen times the size of Arthur's own. Haunted by Merlin...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Voice (first published January 1st 2004)
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Jessica McKendry
I'll admit, at first I was confused. When I think of King Arthur, I imagine a young, handsome boy pulling a sword from a stone. I imagine battles with dragons and mythical creatures. I imagine a hundred brave knights at a round table, dutifully serving Arthur, their righteous king.

Yet in the beginning, Arthur isn't a king. He's merely a Roman knight who was taken from his family when he was a boy. Taken to pay tribute to Rome, the conqueror of their country, Sarmatia. While he's a commander, he...more
Kaitlin Rose
Love the movie, which lead me to this book. Great author--he really did an amazing job adapting the screenplay. Hard to go wrong with this cast of characters, and I loved the way that they're used here. I'm really pleased with this take on the traditional legend; I find it both plausible and more historically possible/probable. Oh, and this is by far my favorite take on Guinevere.
Enjoyed this nontraditional view of King Arthur who is highly romanticized in most of the books I have read. True, the historical timeline is warped but the story spun by Thompson is, in my opinion, about as creditable as many others. John Morris, historian, "suggests on the basis of archaeology that a period of Saxon advance was halted and turned back, before resuming again in the 570s." (Wikpedia - King Arthur) The existence of Arthur is questioned by many historians but Morris notes that a ma...more
This book tells a young Samartian male who was raised or more like kidnapped by the Roman Empire, and grew up to become a knight. In the end of the book, he was in command of a battle against Saxons. Personally I do not enjoy the book as much as I expected, mainly because of the confusing plot line and over extended battle scenes. Although the story is not so interesting in my perspective, I still enjoy most of the war scenes. This book contains very vivid war description; therefore I don’t reco...more
The world of King Arthur was introduced to me at a very young age and to this day enjoy reading fiction/non-fiction books on the subject. This book is based on the screenplay that stared Clive Owen and Keira Knightly. And have to say I like this version very much. More realistic than fantasy. Arthur is a Roman soldier and a Christian. He is Sarmation like his knights (originally from near the Black Sea) and Briton. The last Roman legionnaires are leaving Briton and Arthur has been commanded to b...more
Hayden S
This book has many ways to keep you reading and Iknow them. One of the ways to keep you reading is that it is a great story teller and you never get lost.

If you like book's you will love this book,and if you love history like mievel time's you will love this book to.But if you dont like book's and you hate history than all you have to do is look on one page just one and you will love reading.And im not just telling you this I know from experince!!!!!!

Yeah I yous to hate reading untill this ye...more
Zoey Nealon
An excellent read which had me laughing at some points and sitting on the edge of my seat at others. It deviates from the movie a little but I'm Ok with that.
4 out of 5 stars!
I found this book very entertaining, and it read like a movie.
I've been in love with Arthur from a very young age and this might be my favorite account and (in my mind) the most historical accurate.
Though I found the battle scenes were unnecessarily extensive though it was necessarily for the ending battle vs. the not yet King Arthur, the Woads, the Knights of the Round Table and the Saxons.

As books based on movies go, this one wasn't too bad. There is some more character development. The editing at the end of the book, however, is bad, for characters who are alive after the battle are dead and then suddenly alive again. It is a little confusing.
Faith Quick
this book is written based on the movie but i loved it. i like to hear more about what is going on in the minds of the characters. i like this more realistic view to how arthur and merlin became legend.
One of my comfort books I pull out on a rainy day.
The book was just as mediocre as the movie.
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