Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “A Rainha do ar e das sombras (O Único e Eterno Rei, #2)” as Want to Read:
A Rainha do ar e das sombras (O Único e Eterno Rei, #2)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

A Rainha do ar e das sombras (The Once and Future King #2)

3.61  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,065 Ratings  ·  81 Reviews
The Queen of Air and Darkness, is the second book in his epic work, The Once and Future King. It continues the story of the newly-crowned King Arthur, his tutelage by the wise Merlyn, his war against King Lot, and also introduces the Orkney clan, a group of characters who would cause the eventual downfall of the king.

The original second book in the series was The Witch in
Paperback, 171 pages
Published 2004 by W11 Editores (first published 1939)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about A Rainha do ar e das sombras, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about A Rainha do ar e das sombras

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 2,561)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
3.5 stars

“Indeed, they did love her. Perhaps we all give the best of our hearts uncritically—to those who hardly think about us in return.”

This book is where Arthur’s story starts to take a darker turn, and plays on the ideas that the sins of the father revisit the son. This book follows Arthur as he begins to think of ways to unite the people, which brings about a lot of philosophical debate tinged with humor about war between Arthur, Kay, and Merlyn. This is the story that introduces us to Art
Cole Wehling
The Queen of Air and Darkness is a relatively bland continuation of The Sword in the Stone. It has a mellow plotline that follows foreshadowing to the letter. Many aspects of the story are foretold, and therefore the story could basically be explained without reading any of the actual text. The story stays right on the line of ridiculousness, occasionally crossing over at random intervals. In many pieces of the book, the reader feels that White simply did not feel like talking about something an ...more
I have to stand by my old review of this almost to the letter. It's shorter than The Sword in the Stone, and the humour is less evenly distributed -- there's a sort of humour about Morgause and her sons, I suppose, but it's not the same warm kind that Pellinore and Palimedes carry in this book, or that attended just about everyone in the first book. Again, some parts are surprisingly beautiful given the overall tone of the book, and it introduces a lot of characters and begins to develop Arthur ...more
Sep 22, 2014 Darwin8u rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Technically, I've sorta read this. I mean, I've read 'The Queen of Air and Darkness' which is a more abridged, slightly darker, version of the same story. I think T.H. White cut this book down to the nubs a little to make 'The Once and Future King' more managable and probably more marketable. So, while I write that I've read, and while the 'Witch in the Wood' is often used interchangably with 'the Queen of Air and Darkness', they aren't identical twins or even dopplegangers. It is like they are ...more
The Queen of Air and Darkness is shorter and less rich than the first book, I think. There's less of Arthur and Merlyn, and more interludes spent -- carrying most of the humour of the story -- with Pellinore and Sir Grummore, and the Questing Beast.

It does do several important jobs: introduce Gawaine and his brothers, foreshadow the birth of Mordred and the consequences of the incest, and begin to set Arthur up as a noble king, one who is doing things a little differently to the traditional ways
William Wren
Where The Sword in the Stone was fairly light, The Witch in the Wood (aka The Queen of Air and Darkness) is rather dark. Quite dark, actually (the business with the cat seemed unnecessarily long, as was the unicorn). It’s also a weaker book.

White has said he struggled with this one and it certainly seems that way. In a sense, it isn’t really a novel so much as it is a lengthy exposition setting up the books that follow. It is largely characterization, which is partly why it bounces back and fort
Matthew Hunter
Jan 01, 2014 Matthew Hunter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Dark stuff! The book begins with Morgause boiling a cat alive as part of her disinterested and unnecessary attempt to achieve invisibility. Unsurprisingly, her four sons - brutal lads who would make perfect test cases for Siggy Freud - mimic her savagery as they mercilessly flog a donkey and torture, kill, and mutilate a unicorn. In all honesty, the scenes with the cat and unicorn damn near made me ill, proving once again that this series is not even remotely for youngsters. Be careful who you c ...more
Jay Daze
Feb 07, 2012 Jay Daze rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I liked this.... not as much as 'Sword in the Stone'. There was a very odd mix of the extremely dark: the opening cat scene and the unicorn butchery were really awful while the silliness of King ?Pellinore? was satisfyingly stupid. Arthur is in the book, learning that maybe we shouldn't romanticize war - it is interesting to have a World War I pacifist take on chivalry and romantic knights. A bunch of blood-thirst bumbling aristos - anarchy now!!! I'm all good with that - though really White see ...more
Jul 22, 2012 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First of all, I think we now know why unicorns are no longer with us and it ain't pretty. But besides that, a highly political book, and a lot shorter that the first. Getting your head around the history was hard since I only know a little about England history and the legend of Arthur but it is explained thoroughly so as long as you pay attention it is not lost on you. There are good philosophies about the act of war and I'm pretty sure there is a passing comment comparing Hitler to Jesus as we ...more
Strange book. It's divided into two themes - one is very serious, even too serious for a children's book (getting through a cat-boiling scene was hard for me even now, the same for the unicorn-slaying scene - both are gruesome and completely pointless as far as I'm concerned), and the other is slapstick/comedy-relief humouristic. The effect is that there's very little here that works - the Arthur chapters are mostly fine, but again, the ending - a very important part of the whole story - is very ...more
Pamela Huck
Slapstick and drama very close together in the second book of "The Once and Future King".
Arthur is going to war, and he does it in a "new" way that is less ritualised and more brutal than the warefare the rebels fighting him are used to. I wonder what White makes of this in the next part of the book. You see Arthur getting depth and ambivalence, which is good.
Comic relief comes in person of King Pellinore, Sir Grummore and Sir Palomides together with the lovelorn Questing Beast. Dunno what this
Ben Bonci
The Queen of Air and Darkness is the second title in what became the Once and Future King. And as a second book, it suffers somewhat from the sense that all the action within the title is essentially to set up future drama.

That’s not to say it isn’t a complete or comprehensive narrative. Events occur, characters progress both in terms of emotional maturity and condition within the world. But while The Sword in the Stone works well as a stand alone piece of fiction, the character arcs within Quee
Sep 12, 2013 Ellinor rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
In this second part of The Once and Future King not much happens really. It mainly tells some of the information you need to have to understand some of the things happening later.
The Sword in the Stones sometimes had its lengths but overall the humour dominant. This book still often is humorous but some parts of it just annoyed and bored, especially King Pellinore's Quest. It was funny in the first book but now things were repeating themselves.
Aug 21, 2014 Shinju rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook, novela, ficcion, dark
A diferencia del primer libro que dio inicio a la historia del Rey Arturo (La espada en la piedra), este segundo tomo tiene cierto grado de oscuridad y amargura que lo hacen contrastar por mucho con la primera parte donde todo era más jovial, divertido y mágico. Aparecieron muchos nuevos personajes, evidentemente, a manera de introducción para los siguientes libros de esta historia, es por ello que también es un libro corto, pues solo es como "prefacio" para poder entender los hechos que ocurrir ...more
Sep 03, 2014 Seth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: european-lit, fantasy
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
The book two of “The Once and Future King” is published under two names, so it seems. This is a review on “The Queen of Air and Darkness”.
Compared to “The Sword in the Stone”, this book is much brief but the plot is very dark. It starts with the introduction to the Orkney brothers—Gawaine, Gaheris, Gareth and Agravaine and to their mother Queen Morgause. The entire family might’ve been a nice case study for the early psychoanalysts. The psychopathy/ sociopathy of Orkney boys are definitely in th
The creepiest, most tragic, and in some ways the saddest of all the parts of The Once and Future King, this title refers to the rare freestanding edition of part two, which is a good deal longer than "The Queen of Air and Darkness," the shorter version which appears in the one volume edition of White's epic. It is a bit like Lord of the Flies meets Arthurian legend.
Sep 19, 2012 Maria rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such a difference from the book later included in The Once and Future King! Difficult to read at times, and not particularly well-structured. The edited version for the complete edition is much better, even if it cuts out half of the plot of this one!
Apr 17, 2016 kathleen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2016
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
This is a weird one. It’s the second book in TH White’s larger work The Once and Future King, and at one stage it was extensively written and republished. From descriptions online I seem to have read the revised version, which is much shorter, but I’ve seen conflicting information as to which is called The Witch in the Wood and which is called The Queen of Air and Darkness. My ebook version, which is the series as a single work, has it as The Witch in the Wood, anyway.

This is also an odd one bec
Marcos Tavares
Jun 17, 2014 Marcos Tavares rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Resenha de A Espada na Pedra (O Único e Eterno Rei #1)

O agora Rei Arthur recebe de seu pai, o rei Uther Pendragon, um país completamente devastado pela guerra. Em virtude disso, sua vontade é de reorganizá-lo e de criar em seu reino uma sociedade perfeita. Porém, um problema do passado ressurge, fazendo com que entre em guerra com os ócades, assim denominados o povo das Ilhas Orkney, reinados por Lote por sua esposa, Morgausse. Mãe de Gawaine, Agravaine, Gaheris e Gareth e filha do Conde da Cor
Rucker Manley
Jun 30, 2013 Rucker Manley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, 2013
In the second chapter of T.H. White's King pentalogy, Arthur, who has grown foolish and war-mongering, must learn several difficult lessons about life. Gone is his child-like wonder and eagerness for knowledge; instead, it has been replaced by a unlearned thirst for blood.

It is, perhaps, notable, that White was working on these works as an allegory and reflection on the human, or, better, Western, proclivity towards war. Such defines the first chapters of this second book. Merlyn, Kay, and Arthu
Brian Eshleman
Aug 21, 2013 Brian Eshleman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If this is a children's book, it is one of such timeless quality that adults can expect to have their eyes opened through it. Arthur and Merlin's tutoring sessions are ones in which people of every age and in every age could sit and benefit. In fact, one may want to wait until adulthood. Some of the scenes, such as the one early in the book in which witches are boiling a cat and over which the author chooses to dwell at some length, would be pretty intense for children.

The biggest thing I took a
Apr 04, 2013 Matt rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very strange book. (Book 2 of T.H. White's The Once and Future King)

It seems like five random and unconnected plots which all begin but never finish or join together. Granted - I have not yet read the sequels so I don't know if these plots will make sense later, but for now it was just weird. (It was also later retitled "The Queen of Air and Darkness)

It's a collection of short stories. Some are silly: like the tale of the questing beast. Some are gruesomely disturbing: like the take of
Jun 04, 2013 Matthew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
All in all this wasn't a bad book. I really enjoy getting more and more into the legend of King Arthur. This was a short book and the story it told was a good one. I felt, however, that the story was a little rushed, and I wish in some places that there would have been a little more depth to the story. I am hoping that the remaining books go a little further into detail about some of the characters that were introduced in this book, as I didn't feel I got a good enough sense of several of them. ...more
In the book “The queen of air and darkness”, the book tells a story about a queen called Morgause with her four sons. The boys of Morgause promise revenge for their grandfather by killing Arthur, the son of Uther. By the mean time, Arthur had won battles and as the new king, he thought might is not right and decided to change it by creating the round table. Merlyn fell in love with Nimue as predicted, and Pellinore fell in love with Piggy after he lost interest in the questing beast. The boys o ...more
Alex Baker
Mar 25, 2012 Alex Baker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Chris Lilly
Aug 30, 2014 Chris Lilly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
Introduce the child readers of Sword in the Stone to a new reality by explaining what happens to a living cat in boiling water. This is the pivot on which the Once and Future King sequence turns, and it is extraordinary. The weird mix of slapstick and Freudian nightmare takes us at a gallop to the re telling of the adventures of Arthur and the knights of the Round Table that includes incest, treachery, infidelity, and an awful lot of blood. People who think they're on a trip with Roger Lancelyn ...more
Sep 28, 2014 R.A. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This second book is a lot darker than the first book, The Sword in the Stone. For instance there is an incident where a cat is boiled alive and a unicorn is brutally murdered. There is also humor. Pellinore is still having trouble with the questing beast and Merlin has comical interactions with Arthur and his knights. The end of the book is sour though because it is setting up Arthur's downfall.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 85 86 next »
  • Cligès
  • The World of the Short Story: A Twentieth Century Collection
  • Legends of Charlemagne
  • A Tangled Tale
  • The Fantasy Worlds of Peter Beagle
  • Faeries (Magical Worlds of Fantasy)
  • The Story of Sir Launcelot and His Companions
  • Shamans Through Time
  • The Mark of Nimueh (The Adventures of Merlin Series 1, #3)
  • The Quest for Merlin
  • The Prince and the Pilgrim (Arthurian Saga, #5)
  • Clarence Darrow for the Defense
  • Men Against the Sea (The Bounty Trilogy, #2)
  • Gisli Sursson's Saga and the Saga of the People of Eyri
  • The Light beyond the Forest: The Quest for the Holy Grail
  • Jeeves, Jeeves, Jeeves
  • A Sentimental Journey and Other Writings
  • A Tale of a Tub and Other Works
Born in Bombay to English parents, Terence Hanbury White was educated at Cambridge and taught for some time at Stowe before deciding to write full-time. White moved to Ireland in 1939 as a conscientious objector to WWII, and lived out his years there. White is best known for his sequence of Arthurian novels, "The Once and Future King", first published together in 1958.
More about T.H. White...

Other Books in the Series

The Once and Future King (5 books)
  • The Sword in the Stone (The Once and Future King, #1)
  • The Ill-Made Knight (The Once and Future King, #3)
  • The Candle in the Wind (The Once and Future King, #4)
  • The Book of Merlyn (The Once and Future King, #5)

Share This Book

“The plain of Bedegraine was a forest of pavilions. They looked like old-fashioned bathing tents, and were every colour of the rainbow. ... There were heraldic devices worked or stamped on the sides ... Then there were pennons floating from the tops of the tents, and sheaves of spears leaning against them. The more sporting barons had shields or huge copper basins outside their front doors, and all you had to do was to give a thump on one of these with the butt-end of your spear, for the baron to come out like an angry bee and have a fight with you, almost before the resounding boom had died away. Sir Dinadain, who was a cheerful man, had hung a chamber-pot outside his.” 3 likes
More quotes…