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Já todos ouviram falar do rei Artur, mas ainda ninguém ouviu a verdade…
E se Artur não tiver sido quem pensamos que foi? E se Merlin tiver de facto existido, tiver sido um bardo, um contador de histórias, um mágico com as palavras, capaz de transformar uma escrava numa deusa ou num rapaz e um homem rude e grosseiro num herói lendário?
É esta versão alternativa que Philip Re
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Paperback, 248 pages
Published 2008 by Europa America (first published April 2nd 2007)
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Lesley
There are eleventy billion books out there based on the King Arthur story, but this is one of the best I've read. It's one of the "realistic" ones: Arthur isn't a king or a hero; he's a thug who wants to take as much as he can from the other thugs of post-Roman Britain and Merlin is a smooth-talking PR man who's trying to convince everyone Arthur is the one who will save them from the Saxons. The author imagines believable origins for all the stories that have been passed down as glorious myths, ...more
Laura
Compelling read. With its super-short chapters, I found it incredibly difficult to put it down. I love books where the title and flap copy make the book appear to be about one thing but then, once you get into it, you realize that there is a much larger theme. In this case, the book appears to be about...well...the man who would be King Arthur. And Merlin, Lancelot, etc.

But it's so much bigger than that. Ultimately, the book is about the power of story to change history and change lives; people
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Nikki
Philip Reeve's Here Lies Arthur is not my favourite retelling of the Arthurian story -- it's probably not even in the top ten -- but it is a fun version, and it's a quick and easy read. It's historical, rather than fantastical, and in the guts and gore school rather than any kind of romance. It references a lot of Arthurian legends, sometimes from several varying sources, with the spin that Arthur was a brute and Merlin his clever PR guy, with the help of some trickery. It feels a bit cursory at ...more
Lynn
Writers frequently play with the legendary story and Reeve's version is about the how the legend might have come to be. He gives us an Arthur who isn't a very nice guy and a Merlin who was the orginal spin doctor - creating the stories that people wanted to hear about a king they yearned to believe in. The narrator, a scorned and abused peasant girl, tells an unflinching story of what life was really like and perhaps why the stories took on a life of their own. An intriguing take on the familiar ...more
Amelia, the pragmatic idealist
3.5 stars

I read this book over two years ago, so it's definitely been awhile. What made me remember Here Lies Arthur was a conversation I overheard yesterday in which a mother was looking for more Arthurian tales to recommend to her 13-year-old, who "just loved 'The Mists of Avalon.'" When my eyes uncrossed themselves at the madness of a 13-year-old reading that piece of crap clearly adult novel or watching the miniseries (which I did - accidentally - at 13 and was incredibly disturbed/scarred b
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Hillari
What a disappointment. I expected to like this book--the cover is awesome, the summary on the back sounded intriguing, and it seems like most people on here thought it was pretty great.

This book about King Arthur makes him into a selfish, unlikable thug and murderer. His character is so much worse than I can describe. I disliked him from the very first chapter, and I wondered how the author was possibly going to spin him into someone I would care about. In fact, the author just made him more hor
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Abby
A postmodern take on the Arthurian legends that brilliantly deconstructs these timeless myths through the eyes of a gender-bending narrator -- could there be a more perfect retelling of these stories for little ole postmodern-feminist me? Reeve's wonderful book cleverly demonstrates how the lives of ordinary, imperfect people become dazzling, entrancing myths -- and the high price that is paid to create them. In this version, Arthur is no gentle Christian king but rather is the brutish leader of ...more
Pamela
You can find almost every kind of fantasy within the Arthurian tradition, such as classic fantasy (The Once and Future King), feminist fantasy (The Mists of Avalon), and semi-historical fantasy (The Crystal Cave). "Here Lies Arthur", perhaps, represents something new: anti-fantasy. Despite the pretty unicorn sticker affixed to my copy's spine by the Oakland Public Library, "Here Lies Arthur" contains not a single fantastic event. Reeves bursts just about every bubble in the Arthurian soap. Merli ...more
Miss Clark
Fans of the Arthurian legends should enjoy this fresh revisioning. Personally, I think his "Larklight" series is far better.

Almost three stars. A reinvention of the Arthurian myths, with a much more "authentic" feel than most, esp. the Roman and Welsh touches.

Here, Arthur was no hero, no great king. Nothing more than a bully and a tyrant, surrounded by men just as petty and small - minded as himself. It was Myrrddin, the bard, whose stories gave Arthur power and prestige. It was the idea of some
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Travis
Here Lies Arthur by Philip Reeve- This novel is a different story about the King Arthur legend.

The story follows a girl named Gwyna, who is running away from her home, which is in flames. During her escape she meets a man named Myrddin (who is Merlin) who takes pity on her and allows her a place to stay for a while. However, Myrddin has another use for little Gwyna, she becomes the Lady of the Lake and is the one who gives Arthur his sword Caliburn (Excalibur). After Gwyna gives the sword to Art
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Hayden
Gwynna is just a child when Myrddin (Merlin) takes her in after Arthur kills her master and all his household in a raid. He disguises her as a boy so that she can be his servant, following along on the adventures of Arthur and his warriors. But eventually the day comes when she can no longer be disguised as a boy, and everything changes.

There was a lot about this that I liked. Here, Merlin is not a real magician (though he pretends to be one when it is useful) but a politician and a storyteller.
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Brandy Painter
3.5 stars really

Originally posted here.

I have been in an Arthurian sort of mood this week. If you should ever find yourself in an Arthurian sort of mood then Here Lies Arthur by Philip Reeve is one I would definitely recommend. Be warned that this is one of those stories that tries to place Arthur in his actual historical context. This not Le Morte d'Arthur. Not anywhere close, and that is actually my favorite thing about it. I like it when an author tries to separate the man from the myth, and
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Stephanie
Ultimately, I did not care for this book.

Unlike other readers, I wasn't put off by how Reeve depicted a less than heroic King Arthur. This is not a new concept... Arguably it was done as early as the 12th century in Chretien de Troyes works! I bring this up not to be a literary snob, but to dispel the idea that the Arthurian legend is sacrosanct. It never has been. Add in recent high profile movies and tv shows that try to deconstruct this myth and arguably Reeve is part of a trend.

What does he
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Laura
If you're intrigued by the legend of King Arthur, this is a must-read. But even if you just like well-written historical fiction, I also highly recommend this book. There are not many facts about King Arthur, and this author creates an unusual spin on the existing tales. It is told from the point of view of a young girl taken in by Myrddin (Merlin - the names in this telling are from the Welsh) after Arthur burns the manor she works for. We meet all the main characters, but the story shatters th ...more
Danielle
Philip Reeve adds his own layer to the canvas of Arthurian lore. In this journey to the Camelot-front, expect to meet many of the usual players: Arthur, Myrddin (Merlin), Gwenhwyfar (Geneviere) and Bedwir (reminiscent of Lancelot) are all on the scene. Fans of the legends will pay close attention to how Reeve lays out the various relationships and plotlines. Is Myrddin a magician, or an illusionist? Will Arthur be the popular, noble hero who unites his warriors around the symbolic table? Can Bed ...more
Sam Piper
For some reason, I cannot read this title without intuitively reading it in Latin hic iacit Arcturus.

I attended a literacy conference this week where Philip Reeve was - for wont of a better phrase - the keynote speaker and I was lent this book as an introduction to his work as - to my total shame - I've never read any! I've been aware of Mortal Engines and intending to read it - being a definite steampunk fan - but something's always got in my way!

So... onto hic iacit Arctururs which is obvious
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Maureen E
Opening: "Even the woods are burning."

I'm a big fan of Arthurian re-tellings, though I know I haven't read even a tiny portion of them. Often they focus on Arthur, or his knights, or at least one of the side characters in the original stories. In Here Likes Arthur, we have something different. This is Gwyna's story, the story of how she came to know Arthur and Myrddin. The characters she describes are self-consciously different from the usual depictions, and the whole book is on one level a kind
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Edward
Really, really, really great re-imagining of King Arthur from Philip Reeve. Rather than being written in the third person, or from Merlin's or Arthur's point of view, the book is actually from the perspective of a young girl throughout the book.

Turns out King Arthur wasn't that nice a guy after all: according to Reeve he was actually a petty warlord, running round razing villages, stealing cattle, and then lying back in his (stolen) town and enjoying his spoils. However, Arthur had a bit of a t
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Aaron
With his newest book, Reeve jumps into the past and presents a modern re-imaging of the Arthurian legends. The story is told through the eyes a girl named Gwyna, who starts of the book at the young age of nine. Arthur is leading an army against the manor in which she lives. All there are crushed, and she is one of the few survivors. Myrddin, who me have come to call Merlin, finds her and takes pity on her. He also sees a chance to use her.

While England has become a Christian land, many of its in
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Eniko
My daughter is interested in the legend of King Arthur thanks to having seen the movie The Mists of Avalon. She checked this book out of the library but it is proving a bit difficult for her, so we will read it together. In the meantime, I thought I would read the first chapter yesterday, and I just kept on reading and finished it last night a bit after 10pm.

It is a well-written story, another tale of King Arthur. It is the second version I have read that is written from the point of view of a w
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Rhiannon Ryder
I've always loved the King Arthur stories, ever since I was very, very young. In fact one of my most treasured picture books when I was probably 5 or 6 was an illustrated copy of one of the Arthurian legends. Later my mom would introduce me to Mary Stewarts Merlin-centric books and it got me into the genre all over again. I was obsessed and went on to read many series involving the legends from a variety of angles including some of the historical information.
So it only seemed natural that I woul
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Emilie W
Here Lies Arthur refers to the King Arthur of legends, but the tale also portrays the story of Gwyna who undergoes a transformation from a young and insignificant slave girl into the mysterious Lady of the Lake, a boy warrior, and a spy. It begins with her escape from the clutches of Arthur only to be adopted by Myrddin the bard. Through her adventures, she witnesses her master fabricate the fantastic stories that make Arthur a man of legend. When really he is no hero, no great king. She discove ...more
Karissa
I got this book as an uncorrected proof through the Amazon Vine program. This was a really good book. It is a very unique take on the tale of Arthur and his "knights".

This book focuses around the life of Gwyna. When her village is burned down by Arthur and his warband she is pulled aside by Myrddin and asked to aid him in a ruse as the Lady of the Lake after Myrddin sees Gwyna swimming down the river from her village. Myrddin decides to keep Gwyna around after the ruse is accomplished and from t
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Eva Mitnick
I don’t know what took me so long to get to this book, seeing as how I’m a huge fan of both Reeve’s Immortal Engines quartet and practically anything even remotely Arthurian (including books that simply take place in the cold and mucky England of yore – very long-ago yore).

Here Lies Arthur was well worth the wait. After Myrddin the bard rescues young Gwyna from the aftermath of one of war-band leader Arthur’s slash-and-burn raids, she is transformed from a slave who just tried to get through eac
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Chris
My expectations for a fictional Arthur-type character are rather specific. I don't rate at all highly any back-projection of Malory, Tennyson or even Geoffrey of Monmouth into a sub-Roman context, with medieval concepts of round tables, grails and swords embedded in stones appearing anachronistically in Late Antiquity. And so my heart sank when I began reading a scenario involving a Lady in a Lake in this young adult fiction book.

But, dedicated Arthurian that I am, I persisted, and am very glad
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Chris
“They’re only stories,” he would say, “What do stories matter?” But he wasn’t stupid. He knew as well as Myrddin that in the end stories are all that matter.
--Here Lies Arthur

“The heroes, the Trows--the stories that bind us, Halli. The stories we live by, that dictate what we do and where we go. The stories that give us our names, our identities, the places we belong, the people we hate.”
--Heroes of the Valley


Story seems to be the theme of my reading lately (see here for more), and these two boo
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Veronica
I went into this book with essential no prior knowledge of anything Arthurian-related other than whatever I'd read in Mists of Avalon, so I didn't (and still don't) know about most of the other versions of the myths out there. From what I know/have gathered, this isn't the traditional Arthurian legend, and the Arthur portrayed in this book is far from noble. The characters were interesting and Reeve developed them really well; I have to admit, I was initially a little put-off with the Reeve's Ar ...more
Roxanne Hsu Feldman
This is a book for the Arthurian Legends enthusiasts, and I happen to be one. Having read many re-imagined Arthurian tales, I was completely delighted by this fresh take on the “true story” behind the legends. Reeve’s conceit is a fabulous one: it is all about the power of stories, storytelling, and story tellers. The title alone is worthy of much examination, with its double meanings of "lying dead" and "telling lies."

At the beginning, I was perplexed by the switches between past tense and pres
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Beth Bonini
I admired this book more than LOVED it, but it is a cleverly imagined premise more than competently carried out. Reeve attempts to deconstruct the Arthurian legends by imagining how they were made -- not from a glorious Camelot, but rather from the rough and tumble of post-Roman England suffering from a power-vacuum. Not only does the book imaginatively "suppose" how various aspects of the well-known legend might have evolved, but it also addresses the idea of why "we" (humans, societies) need s ...more
Huiling_mei
Here Lies Arthur by Philip Reeve is told through a peasant girl's view. This book was not what I thought it would be, it's not about the legend everyone knows about . King Arthur pulling a sword out of a rock, Excalibur. It talks about how Arthur is leading an army against the manor and the girl Gwyna is one of the few survivors. Myrddin a spinner and a traveler takes pity on her and plans to use Gwyna. Myrddin agrees to protect her if she serves him. Myrddin transform Gwyna into the lady of th ...more
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Philip Reeve was born and raised in Brighton, where he worked in a bookshop for a number of years while also co-writing, producing and directing a number of no-budget theatre projects.

Philip then began illustrating and has since provided cartoons for around forty children's books, including the best-selling Horrible Histories, Murderous Maths and Dead Famous series.

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