Dragon's Child (King Arthur #1)
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Me ha dejado un vacío en el estómago, y no sé que pensar de ello
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 ...more
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
It is a great tale, but it is not told with the greatest literary skill. Pieces are very well done, an ...more
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 ...more
(view spoiler)[ The story varies from the traditional (and from The Once and Future King) in making Ector a Celt who is married to a Roman lady so that Artorex gets both cultures in his upbringing. Artorex also gets to meet Uther who then tries to get him killed, fir ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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