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Dragon's Child (King Arthur #1)

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  860 Ratings  ·  104 Reviews
Uther Pendragon, High King of Britain, is dying. As he weakens, Britain is being torn apart by the squabbling of kings. Only one man can bring them together. This is the legend of Artorex, the man destined to be King Arthur. Artorex, tall for his years, is growing up in the household of Lord Ector. Artorex was sent here by the Bishop of Glastonbury when he was but a babe ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 5th 2009 by Headline (first published 2009)
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Feb 25, 2011 Amanda rated it it was amazing
Dragon's Child is the first novel in a trilogy by M K Hume, dealing with the historical version of the tale of King Arthur. Here he is Artorex, and is a cuckoo in the nest of Ector and his Roman wife. Artorex lives a life of mundane servitude, referred to as Lump, until the day three mysterious strangers visit Ector and encourage him to train Artorex in arms, letters and horse skills. His wife Livinia is asked to show Artorex how best to speak to people of high standing. Although he doesn't know ...more
Mogsy (MMOGC)
Thank you to Atria Books for sending me an advanced copy of Dragon's Child in exchange for an honest review! Originally published in 2009, a new edition of the paperback and ebook will be available later this fall, thus it was provided to me via Atria's latest Galley Alley program. This book first caught my eye when I found out it was an Arthurian fantasy novel written by an expert on the subject. Like many, I've been exposed to my share of retellings and interpretations of the King Arthur mytho ...more
Sep 04, 2015 Steve rated it did not like it
**Note the spelling of character names is probably all wrong, I listened to the audiobook**

Boy, I really mis-judged the synopsis on this. So this drastically different re-telling of the King Arthur legend is much like the 2003 Movie "Arthur" with Clive Owen. It takes a very historic approach to the legend. This method never made much sense to me. King Arthur and the legend, we all know many times over never exists. So applying a historically accurate wrapper on it, creates a very dry, dull novel
Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms)
This is yet another take on the Arthur legend and one that is darker than many of the others I have read. Some of the story is of course changed and the nature of the characters is different. Arthur is raised as he usually is by a nobleman and is unaware he is Uther's son. Merlin in this story is not a Druid and there are two noblemen who work with Merlin to keep the secret of Arthur's birth (and Arthur is Artorex. In this version, Arthur as a young man falls in love and has a child and one on t ...more
Jan 06, 2011 Peri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Totally loved this book -read it in two days. It drew me in.

Loved the idea of the Roman background to Arthur and that his life before kinghood was happy with a wife and family - all of which shaped him.

I liked the way his parentage was obvious to the reader from early on but hidden from him and that many of the characters from the legend had some of their pre-authurian backgrounds explained.

On the whole it was cleverly written - none too sentimental and the brutality within the story wasn't jus
Catherine Furfaro
Sep 12, 2013 Catherine Furfaro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sarah Garner
Dec 21, 2015 Sarah Garner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: king-arthur
I Loved this book, brilliant!
Cindy Matthews
I'll only touch on a few things for this review, but I have to say that overall I wasn't that impressed with the writing style. The "head-hopping" (or constant point-of-view switching) drove me up a wall. Here I am as a published author thinking how my editors would have told me to do a complete rewrite if I head-hopped as much as Ms. Hume does in this book. The end result of using this "omniscient narrator" (head-hopping) creates an emotional distance from the characters, especially the main ch ...more
Now, I'm a great fan of Arthurian legend and have read almost every book there is on this topic (including non-fic folk-lore stuff), so I'm very open to interpretations......

And this book has a lot of them; some good, some not so good, but they all fit well into the author's story. So, if you've only read some Arthurian stuff, then this is good enough to add to your list.

However, the Author's Note at the end of the book implies that the author is an academic authority on Arthur and that actually
Oct 08, 2010 Jane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This was a chance buy at the airport while travelling to work and has since gone around my family, friends and work colleagues.

The book tells the story of Artorex, the foster son of a Roman family in Aquae Sulis (Bath), and his gradual rise to adulthood and the fate that has been decided for him since his birth.

Hulme is a fantastic story-teller and develops the characters in an unobtrusive way that helps the reader to build a relationship with the story; you’re not reminded that you’re reading
Jeff Frane
Feb 28, 2014 Jeff Frane rated it really liked it
I've read a lot of Arthurian legend stories over the years, some of them awful, many very good and a few that were brilliant (e.g. Once and Future King). Like M K Hume, a few of the authors treated Arthur as an historical figure, a great king at the end of the Roman/Celtic years fighting off the rampaging Saxons. Hume is a retired academic and brings a very credible sense of history to this book, the first of three. Her version of Arthur is more human than most, with a real childhood and youth, ...more
Jul 13, 2016 Kiirsten rated it it was ok
The King Arthur Trilogy Book One

I have to bail on this - I read 267 pages but couldn't continue. The writing is bland, leading, telling rather than showing. There is not much action to entice the reader up to this point. It reads much like an academic (which Hume is) is writing a novel for the first time and hasn't mastered the craft of narrative just yet. The version of Arthur's childhood is different from many of the other stories I've read and perhaps I will pick this back up when I know I w
Victoria Colotta
The theme is nothing new. I have read and seen countless books about King Arthur, but there is something about M.K.'s writing that adds a new layer to the tale. I have a feeling it has something to do with her studies in Arthurian litterature, but her gift to weave together the story of a young Artorex and bring him into adulthood is remarkable to me. With every page turn there is another layer of Artorex that the reader gets to know. As I was reading, I felt as if I was getting to know the lege ...more
I can't say anything about the historical accuracy of the novel but as a work of fiction, I really enjoyed it.

There is little magic in this tale, it's more an attempt to portray Arthur in a historical perspective which is great. Most the time authors who focus on King Arthur legends focuses more on the mythological aspects and with less emphasis on human achievement and logical reasoning. This is the reverse in Hume 's novel.

I look forward to read books 2&3.

* This contains some disturbing
Seregil of Rhiminee
Originally published at Risingshadow.

M. K. Hume's Dragon's Child is a bit different kind of a retelling of the well-known and famous legend of King Arthur. The author explores King Arthur's background in a surpringly deep way from childhood to adulthood. This novel tells how King Arthur becomes the man he is and what makes him do the things he does.

Dragon's Child is an epic historical adventure that follows a young man's journey from an unknown, but respected steward to the High King of the Brit
Dec 04, 2016 Sergio rated it liked it
Interesante aproximación a la leyenda del nacimiento de Arturo y de su corte desde una perspectiva más histórica. El joven Artorex tendrá que lidiar con una vida alejada de la corte en la que crecer y madurar para alcanzar su destino. El futuro de la gran Britania descansa sobre sus hombros.
Karen Alcala
Mar 09, 2017 Karen Alcala rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Es un libro que tardé bastante en terminar pero que fue una completa delicia para mis pupilas. Me ha encantado el ritmo que le ha dado la autora y cómo Artorex es un personaje que va creciendo y evolucionando a lo largo de la historia.
Me ha dejado un vacío en el estómago, y no sé que pensar de ello
Jan 18, 2015 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I went with my book-readers gut when awarding this novel a rating because though my feelings were mixed, in my book-readers heart I was happy with 'Dragon's Child' as a whole.

So, why the mixed feelings? I hear you ask with my book-readers ears.

I loved the first half of the novel, and was preparing for a five-star rating, but around 200 pages the novel started feeling a bit flat, as though someone had taken the novel that I had so loved and squeezed it really hard so that the heart fell out. I
Ian Banks
Oct 28, 2016 Ian Banks rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical

There's a gap in British history around the 5th Century and it details the exploits of a war leader who united the warring factions to fight a common foe. He is, of course, King Arthur and his under-documented life has become a staple of fantasy and - over the last 40-or-so years - historical fiction.

What we know as the Arthurian story nowadays actually took several hundred years to come to fruition. Many elements - Sir Lancelot, for instance - were added quite a long time after the stories sta

A decent reimagining of the early years of King Arthur, or Artorex as he is known here - a blend of the Celt and Roman in one tall and ginger man (or 'russet', if you're sensitive about gingerness), unaffectionately known as Lump by the foster family that has raised him in a small Roman settlement near Aquae Sulis. Little better than a slave, Lump is ignored by most and valued by none except for the elderly slave Frith, at least until the family is visited by three travellers (one of whom bears ...more
Glenda Christianson
Originally published in hardcover in 2009, this version will now be available in paperback and Kindle version in November 2013. This is the first book in a trilogy and covers the early life of Arthur up to his coronation as King.

Cover Art: Love the book cover. Definitely a cover that would entice me to pick the book out of the stacks!

Another King Arthur Novel?

Will our fascination with Arthurian Lore (or history, depending on which side of the man vs. myth argument you are on) ever end? In this c
3.5 stars

I've been a fan of the King Arthur stories since I was a little girl. I was weaned on Le Morte D'Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory and The Sword in the Stone by T.H. White (my mother was a high school English teacher; books were my food). In middle school I glommed Mary Stewart's Arthurian Saga. Oddly, I haven't read many other incarnations of the Arthur story but this one caught my eye and I requested it.

"Dragon's Child" is very different from the books I enjoyed so much. The basic element
Chelsea Morrison
Aug 11, 2015 Chelsea Morrison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teens, young adults, adults, everyone, seriously everyone
Dragon’s Child is a fictional account of Arthur’s (or Artorex/Artor, in this novel) life, covering the time from birth ’til his coronation as King of the Britons. Throughout this novel, you will meet some highly developed characters who will either tug at your heartstrings or make you hate them. I found there was no in-between; I either liked characters very much or disliked them, and one of my favorite things about this novel is that opinions of certain characters will change gradually (or dras ...more
Rob Slaven
Sep 18, 2013 Rob Slaven rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical, fantasy
As usual, this book arrived at my doorstep free of charge. Unusually, I can't determine with any specificity exactly why it did so. If I had to guess I'd say it was the Atria program via Simon and Schuster. Despite that kind and mysterious consideration, my candid and baldfaced opinions appear below.

In a nutshell, this is the retelling of the King Author myth spanning from Author's birth through his rise to the kingship. As Authurian legends go, this one tends towards the strictly realistic and
Cassie Hawkings
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Jeffrey Rasley
Aug 08, 2014 Jeffrey Rasley rated it really liked it
Hume takes a new tack on a great old tale. Her's is an earthy-human portrait of Arthur and the other legendary characters, Merlin, Morgana, Uther, Kay, etc. The Afterword describes the impressive research Hume has done in the Arthurian field.So, it was interesting to learn what historical facts there are which Hume used, and which literary traditions she followed and which were rejected and why.

It is a great tale, but it is not told with the greatest literary skill. Pieces are very well done, an
Ana Elena Romero
Sep 05, 2014 Ana Elena Romero rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: saga, histórica
M. H. Hume nos presenta una historia artútica distinta a todas las que hayas podido leer antes. La trama nos cuenta cómo un niño depositado en manos de un noble es educado para convertirse en el líder de los britanos en su lucha contra los sajones que amenazan con destruir todo lo que han construido durante siglos.

Educado para liderar, adiestrado en las dotes diplomáticas y las armas, Artorex deberá superar un sin fin de problemas para convertirse en aquello que se espera de él.

La historia está
Jun 27, 2011 Maggie rated it liked it
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This is an interesting, not totally comfortable, telling of the King Arthur legend. This book is the first in a trilogy. It starts with Arthur's (named Artorex) years as foster son of Ector and goes up to his coronation as High King.

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Dec 30, 2014 Gary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read lots t of Arthurian novels and it is one of my favourite genres. This one is great , third to my other two favourites Mary Stewart's Merlin trilogy and Nancy McKenzies Queen of Camelot and Grail Prince.
It beats Marion Zimmer Bradley's Mists of Avalon and Stephen Lawheads Pendragon Cycle.

Artorex is the foster son of a Romanized Celtic nobleman, Ector, and his Roman wife Livinia. His foster brother Cauis is portrayed as a sadistic pederist, a departure from the usual depictions of him
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Marilyn K. Hume is an Australian author, born in 1948, and based in Brisbane, Australia.

Hume graduated as a teacher in 1967, specializing in Art and Ancient History before commencing teaching high school students. While teaching, she studied university courses as an external student in English and Ancient History. Along the way, Hume obtained a BA, an MA, a Master of Literary Studies degree and a
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