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The Road to Avalon by Joan Wolf
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Apr 11, 11

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Any fan of fantasy or of historical drama has read or watched at least two versions of the Arthurian legend. While all take on a slightly different telling, this one by far is the most unique I've read and also the best I've read.

And no, that's not because it support my Arthur/Morgan love.

Focused on a Britain left to its own devices after the Roman Empire pulls out in the early dark ages, Merlin, a former Roman General learns from his daughter, Igraine, that her husband Uther is dying. The frustrating thing is that they have no legitimate children. So Igraine sends her father, Merlin, to Wales to get their son, Arthur, who was sent away shortly after he was born because of the severe question of his legitimacy. Uther isn't dead yet and it's time that Arthur learned the ways to be king.

Abused and alone in Wales, Arthur is found by his grandfather, whom he is told is a rich benefactor and goes to live with the old man at his villa, Avalon, home to exceptional apple orchards where Merlin lives with his young daughter, Morgan.

Yes, you have read this right. Merlin is the father of Igraine and Morgan. He also has another daughter, Morgause, whose married to King Lot in the north.

It's at Avalon that Arthur grows up, this slight, dark haired, fierce boy who shall be king and it's there that he falls in love with quiet and strong Morgan, unknowing that they're half related.

Gwen is actually tolerable, even likeable in this telling. Her and Arthur and Bedwyr (Lancelot) are best friends and oh man, the love story between Arthur and Morgan. It's so unwavering and hard and lovely and just rips at you inside and leaves you a weeping mess, turning every page hoping that this ending will be different against all the others.

It's an easy ready, an addicting, satisfying read for any Arthurian lover. If you like, say, the movie Tristan and Isolde, or Dark Age Britain that doesn't forget that they were, at one time, under Roman influence, pick this up.
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