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I Am Morgan le Fay

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3.76  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,610 Ratings  ·  149 Reviews
Morgan is a willful, mischievous girl with mismatched eyes of emerald and violet. A girl of magic, whose childhood ends when King Uther Pendragon murders her father and steals away her mother. Then Pendragon dies and, in a warring country with no one to claim the throne, there are many who want Morgan dead. But Morgan has power, and magic. She is able to change the course ...more
ebook, 240 pages
Published September 16th 2002 by Firebird (first published March 19th 2001)
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Althea Ann
Sep 22, 2014 Althea Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very nice addition to the body of works featuring a female-centric, pagan-influenced take on the Arthurian mythos.
It's not as complex as 'The Mists of Avalon' (which it is clearly influenced by), but it shares some of the same themes.

Here, we see events from Morgan's point of view, as she grows up in tune with old magics, and discovers a stone that enhances her powers. Hurt by the traumatic events that shake her family, she is often blind to her own faults - but she is also not unsympathetic.
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Rebecca L. Snowe
Morgan Le Fay. A woman of mystery, of evil, of legend. Who was she? What made her turn evil and bring down her half brother Arthur?
This book tells the why's of Morgan's life.

Ok so first off I picked this book up because I just finished watching BBC Merlin and I wanted to hear a different take on Morgana's story.

At first I couldn't really get into this book and I almost put it down several times for it was slow at the beginning.
About the fourth chapter into it though it really started grabbing m
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Kate
May 11, 2007 Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youngadult
Morgan was born into a world where women have little power, where men make all of the decisions, where a son is valued highly above a daughter. But there is a power reserved for the women alone. It is the power of the Fay, the Faerie. When Morgan learns to harness that magical power for herself, she changes history, for she is the half sister of the legendary King Arthur. She is Morgan le Fay, and her power will bring down Camelot.

The legend of King Arthur is a timeless tale that has been explor
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Rebecca
Feb 28, 2010 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although his many duties as the Duke of Cornwall often kept him away from home, young Morgan loved her father. And when the six-year-old witnessed a man leaving her mother's chamber, a man that looked just like her father but was nothing like him, she knew something was wrong. For her father was dead - killed by the king Uther Pendragon, who then steals Morgan's mother away. Bitter with anger and resentment, the little girl awakens something magical within her - a power that can be used for good ...more
Emily Mcelveen
Apr 21, 2009 Emily Mcelveen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
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Nian
Jul 01, 2008 Nian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: avid fantasy readers
Shelves: 2008
I read this back in 6th Grade. Loved it to pieces. And having recently found it lying in an extremely dark corner under my bed a couple of days ago, I decided to crawl into bed and re-read it. I still love it to pieces.

I'd always thought the Arthurian Legend was fascinating, but I'd never really liked the guy. Neither did I have much interest in his best friend Sir Lancelot or his lover, Guinevere. On the contrary, I liked Arthur's half sister, Morgan. And Mordred. And while I'm ranting on with
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Arthurian Lucre
I was pleasantly surprised by this novel which has quickly became my favourite Morgana related novel.
I've read "I am Mordred" many years ago and I fear I don't remember it much, so I am sure this novel can be read quite indipendently from it.
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Gale
Aug 23, 2012 Gale rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I've been a King Arthur fan since I was a kid. I found this book, years ago, just wandering through the library and took it, since it was something new. I loved it. This book shows us everything that Morgan did to become the woman so often featured in lore, a woman whose past is never described. We know her only as the half-sister bent on the destruction of Arthur and everything he created in his name. Her past is dismissed as unimportant, leaving us to assume and interpret what happened to her. ...more
Mena
Aug 09, 2010 Mena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I first read this book, I was a twelve year old just becoming interested in Arthurian legend, but had never before heard of Morgan le Fay. I bought the book and read it in the span of a two or three days. Since then I've re-read it several times, and I grow more and more in love with it as I do.

Springer's writing is so vivid and detailed I sometimes re-read it just for the imagery my mind creates. Never have I read Morgan's tale in such a detailed and beautiful manner, even describing a few
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Asamet
May 04, 2014 Asamet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book very much for several reasons, One of them is the setting. Medieval England is the best! simply the rich culture (and religion!) of that area captured by this book are amazing! Another reason is that Avalon was simply so enchantingly and vividly described that I could almost vividly see it in my mind’s eye! Overall this is a really good book and a must-read
Doris
May 29, 2016 Doris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, fairy-tale
Morgan le Fay has been a part of the Arthurian legend, usually in a negative light. This book, although it touches on that legend, does not really show the impact of Morgan on Arthur, as we only see her point of view, growing up first as a beloved daughter, then a witch-in-training and in hiding.

We see her first and only love, and how use of her magic fascinates and repels him, even as he accepts the use of it to help him and heal him.

We see her growth in her power, even as we see her grow fro
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Shannon
Jan 05, 2015 Shannon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book a long time ago for the first time in my middle school library I found it. It looked so interesting to me I had to pick it up and read it. This book and I go way back since after I read it the first time I went trough the year and I never got to go back to the library to see what the book was named so I can find it again and read it. I was heartbroken and for years I was looking for it, just to check it out from a local library when finally I found it and bought it for the love ...more
Sachi
Nov 22, 2012 Sachi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Probably the book that inspired me to read more. I loved it so much. Its from the point of view of Morgan Le Fay and bits of her life before she becomes the woman who is feared...not sure if that was right but anyways before the time when she becomes "evil" as a lot of literature describes her. Its an easy book, I love the way things carry on and the dynamics of the sisters. This pretty much pushed me to research about Arthurian legends. OH god it was just really good.
Michele
Oct 07, 2015 Michele rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arthurian
I fell in love with this book as a kid, and I can still vividly recall many scenes from it. Morgan hiding in the forest with Annie... Morgan and her sister Morgause in their nurse's dug-out home.... Morgan's mother sitting before a mirror, murmuring, "Arthur, Arthur" over and over again.

Hoping to reread this soon, maybe in the summer (2014).
Susan Barchard
May 09, 2016 Susan Barchard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you're a traditionalist about the Arthur legends, this book may not be for you. This Author takes liberties and/or flights of her own fantasy regarding the Arthurian legends. Arthur is hardly here, Merlin is a Villain, True Thomas IS here (what? he's not Arthurian) and we see very little of Igraine, Uther, Gorlois and so on. Morgause is Morgan's sister! And the sisters are raised by nurse Ongwynn in her caves!

However, if you just love good fantasy and don't mind someone recreating the legends
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Allison
Feb 02, 2010 Allison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Most people know Morgan Le Fay as an evil sorceress, but when you read her life story, you think differently. The book is so amazing! But if you don't like crying emotional books, do NOT read it. It's really four books in one. But I highly recommend it.
Becks
Feb 18, 2014 Becks rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seit ich denken kann bin ich ein Fan der Arthus-Sage, schaue und lese alles, was ich bekommen kann, so also auch dieses Buch. Es lag knapp 10 Jahre in meinem Schrank und vielleicht liegt es auch daran, dass ich nicht begeistert bin. Es war ok und hat meine Abende gefüllt, wobei ich immer wieder geblättert habe, um mir die Seiten anzuschauen.
Diese Version spielt bevor Arthur das Schwert aus dem Stein gezogen hat, endet an dieser Stelle und handelt völlig von Morgana, der Halbschwester des Sagenk
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Trisha
Jun 03, 2008 Trisha rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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C.nick
Nov 20, 2015 C.nick rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: want
I liked the premise of a young Morgan coming into her power. But I was put off by Springer's use of ancient Gaulish, and sometimes Irish, gods and goddesses as British ones when there isn't evidence of them in Britain. Some of their functions were off as well. This was most pronounced with Cernunnos, though practically nothing is known about this Gaulish god so Springer's fantasy is just as good as anyone's.

Also a religion based off a generic ancient 'Celtic' culture and a medieval fantasy cul
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Sierra
Jun 28, 2012 Sierra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Morgan le Fay, often portrayed as the woman who’s goal in life was to ruin King Arthur, gets her say in this mischievous novel by Nancy Springer. Springer covers le Fay’s life from approximately ages 6-19. She doesn’t hesitate to call attention to Morgan’s troublemaking nature or her search for great magical power. Springer’s le Fay is a woman who comes into herself by acknowledging her dark side and giving into it; compelled by some selfish need. Morgan does make it her goal to ruin Arthur and ...more
Cassi aka Snow White Haggard
I'm going to be honest with you, there are so many incarnations of the King Arthur's legend I'm really not sure what is the historically accurate version anymore. Obviously I'm going to have to remedy that. I am Morgan Le Fay is another look at that often adapted story, only this book is told from the perspective of a young Morgan.

It's actually a pretty enjoyable book. Nothing about it stands out as exceptional, but I enjoy a good Camelot story as much as the next person. Morgan is an interestin
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PurplyCookie
As a girl of seven, Morgan has reason to resent her younger half-brother. Arthur's father, Uther Pendragon, killed her father and carried off her mother, Igraine the Beautiful. King Uther Pendragon, driven by lust for Morgan's mother, murders the Duke of Cornwall (Morgan's father) and, aided by Merlin's magic, disguises himself as the Duke in order to enter his widow's bedchambers: the future King Arthur would be their yield.

Bitter with anger and resentment, the little girl awakens something mag
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Stacie (MagicOfBooks)
"I Am Morgan le Fay" is exactly what the title suggests: a look into the life of Arthurian legend's infamous sorceress: Morgan le Fay. The book opens with a familiar Arthurian tale: that of how Igraine is fooled by Uther Pendragon (with the help of Merlin) into thinking that he is Igraine's husband. And of course, little Morgan sees all of this and doesn't understand that the man she thinks is her father is in fact not. Igraine is quickly married off to Uther, and Morgan, her sister Morgause, an ...more
Rachel Marie
I kept reading, hoping that things would work out. But let's start at the beginning.

A great premise. Seriously. Sadly, Springer spoils it a bit. Her sad infatuation with things working out for the worst has its effect on this story.

I finished it in a cloud of anger and confusion, wondering what the hell this author could have been thinking to so brutally murder such a promising book. This ending is... bitter. No sweet. Just bitter. It gets you going. And the going is good. Until things begin hap
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Katie Varga
Jul 07, 2014 Katie Varga rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I just can't tell how much I loved this book. Each part is so well-written; the relationship of the two sisters and the nurse, the beautiful love story, Morgan's feelings for her mother, the lessons in Avalon, and everything. Just perfect. Very similar to I Am Mordred, anyways, expect for that the end is even more tragic. Also, I welcomed back the story of the knight and the goblet; after reading I Am Mordred, somehow I suspected that I was going to meet this tale once again in this book.
Deborah Pickstone
Well, I think she had read Idylls of the King as well as Le Mort d'Arthur / Le Morte Darthur. Otherwise, historically, it's a disaster. But a good story, easily and enjoyably read.

My main objection is that it is allegedly for 'young adults'. Where did this 'young adults' category COME from, anyway? I would say the book reads more as if for older children and I find it patronising to think that 'young adults' can't (don't? won't?) read the same things as me! After all, I am reading the same thing
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Dhara Parekh
Jan 30, 2016 Dhara Parekh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There was a lump in my throat from the very beginning which kept getting bigger and bigger with every page I turned. A spellbinding story of a misfit and an outcast (my favorite kind).
Nancy Springer has a very smooth grip over her storytelling. Every word, every line and every chapter was like a silky, flowing stream of water, or should I say 'Lady Water' ;-)
I wish, I had read this book as a child. I am definitely checking Springer's other books.
Elzbeth
This is obviously more on Morgana than Arthur, but Arthur's there. The end of the book is kinda rough because it assumes that the reader knows the stories of the Knights of the Round Table more detailed than I do. But it's good. Morgana is the villain that's not really a villain. You feel bad for her, yet you know it's a villain's book.
J. Ellyne
Feb 04, 2016 J. Ellyne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a very good take on Morgan. I read it because she is one of the main characters in my book. I could tell Nancy Springer did some of the same background research I did. This was a good quick read for me. Nothing disappointed. I only deduct a star because it's rather short, almost a novelette rather than a novel.
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  • The Book of Mordred
  • The Road to Avalon (Dark Ages of Britain, #1)
  • Grail Prince
  • Lancelot (Knights Of The Round Table, #1)
  • Sword of the Rightful King
  • The Mammoth Book of Merlin
  • Sons of Avalon: Merlin's Prophecy
  • The Quest of the Fair Unknown (The Squire's Tales, #8)
  • The Winter Prince (The Lion Hunters, #1)
  • Queen of the Summer Stars (Guinevere, #2)
  • Wise Woman's Telling (Morgan Le Fay, #1)
  • The Child of the Holy Grail (Guenevere, #3)
  • In Camelot's Shadow (The Paths to Camelot, #1)
  • Guinevere (Guinevere, #1)
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Nancy Springer has passed the fifty-book milestone, having written that many novels for adults, young adults and children, in genres including mythic fantasy, contemporary fiction, magical realism, horror, and mystery -- although she did not realize she wrote mystery until she won the Edgar Allan Poe Award from the Mystery Writers of America two years in succession. DARK LIE
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