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4.25  ·  Rating details ·  110 Ratings  ·  38 Reviews
Blanche Pendragon enjoys her undemanding life as the ward of an eccentric nobleman in 1900 England. It's been years since she wondered what happened to her long lost parents, but then a gift on the night of her eighteenth birthday reveals a heritage more dangerous and awe-inspiring than she ever dreamed of—or wanted. Soon Blanche is flung into a world of wayfaring immortal ...more
Paperback, 422 pages
Published March 26th 2015 by Bocfodder Press (first published March 25th 2015)
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Christina Baehr
Dec 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My childhood and youth were full of dreams of King Arthur. All of the Arthurian books I read (from Malory & Tennyson to Pyle & Sutcliff) had the dual effect on me of keen disappointment and an increased desire to accumulate more Arthuriana in the attempt to find something that would satisfy the Arthur-shaped hole in my soul. I had a sense of something beyond and within the cycle of stories that I was always trying to get at. I recognised this when I read C.S. Lewis' "Surprised By Joy", i ...more
Dec 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arthurian, fantasy
Pendragon's Heir begins with a fascinating premise: what if King Arthur had a daughter, who was spirited away to be raised in another time in order to protect her from the malice of Morgan le Fay? Growing up unaware of her true identity, Blanche Pendragon discovers the truth on her eighteenth birthday—and at first is horrified at the idea of leaving her pleasant life in Victorian England for the dangers and discomforts of Arthur's Briton. But soon even her Victorian refuge is no longer safe, and ...more
Joy C.
I don't know how to describe how wonderful Pendragon's Heir by Suzannah Rowntree is except to say it was one of the best books I read in 2015, and the characters of Blanche and Sir Perceval have now wormed their way into my group of all time favourite literary characters *hugs them tightly*! Suzannah did an amazing job of retelling the famous King Arthur legend from the eyes of one of his knights and a young maiden called Blanche. One of my favourite things about the story was the Augustinian th ...more
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Do you know what the mark of a really great book is? It’s when you literally squeal as you are reading because it is so exciting... but it’s not just that. It’s when you have that great feeling of sheer bliss because of the happy ending when you put it down... but not just that either. Even more than the experience of reading it, the mark of a great book is when you put it back on the shelf and go on with your life, only to realize that the book molded you into a different person; a person stron ...more
Dec 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This review is slightly abridged. Full review here.

Perhaps I should give a full disclosure at the beginning and say I was a beta reader for this book for the last couple of drafts. That being the case, I have some amount of natural bias, but I'm committed to an honest review in spite of that.

I knew absolutely nothing about Arthurian legend when she sent it to me, except vague ideas of the Round Table and Lancelot and Guinevere; so I got to read about Arthur and Pendragon's Heir with fresh eyes.
Dec 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Annie Hawthorne
Dec 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: purple-prose
This re-telling couldn't be anything BUT five stars. ^_^
Anna Ilona
Jan 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Pendragon's Heir is a retelling of the story of Camelot, and therefore an exploration of the elusive, tragically costly, yet beautiful vision of building a city of light upon earth. Our young protagonist, Blanche, has been raised in Edwardian England. However, she discovers very early in the story that she is both the subject of prophecy and the daughter and heir of King Arthur. Or at least, she probably is--gossip about her mother’s chastity has sown doubt in some minds. Initially resistant to ...more
Feb 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A couple weeks ago I finished Pendragon’s Heir by Suzannah Rowntree, and wow—if you haven’t read this book, you should seriously think about it. It is legend and adventure with a splash of honest, unsentimental romance.

Synopsis: Blanche Pendragon enjoys her undemanding life as the ward of an eccentric nobleman in 1900’s England. It’s been years since she wondered what happened to her long lost parents, but then a gift on the night of her eighteenth birthday reveals a heritage more dangerous and
Dec 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
There are some reviewers who are what I call "book gushers." They are gifted with the ability to ramble on for paragraphs in their admiration for the books they love. I love those types of reviewers. As a reader, their excitement is infectious; as a writer, their praise is encouraging. Sadly, I'm not overly gifted in this area, and my longest reviews tend to be those on books I dislike, because I feel strangely compelled to defend or explain myself. That means that when I come across a book wher ...more
Allison Ruvidich
Feb 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Welcome to a world where the twentieth century dawns on knights in mortal combat, where a traitor and a princess fight for the same title, and where strange, wonderful realms are behind the next door. This is the world of Arthur's Camelot, a world that Blanchefleur Pendragon, lady of the 20th century and princess of the 5th, must try to save, and a world elegantly crafted by authoress Suzannah Rowntree in her novel, Pendragon's Heir.

Stories of King Arthur have been told and retold for over a th
Sarah Taleweaver
Feb 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Good:
-King Arthur legends are some of my favorites, and have been since I was a little chidlet. Pendragon's Heir returns to these legends to retell them- though the specific stories aren't always immediately obvious if you haven't read the legends recently, so it was really fun to read and then realize "Oh, hey! I know this story!" Except . . . sometimes it wasn't so fun because you'd remember that not all the King Arthur legends end happily.
-Perceval is a wonderful character. Noble, bold
J.M. Stengl
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you enjoy the King Arthur legend, you will love this book! Packed with romance, battle scenes, intrigue, and time-travel, this story keeps a reader glued to the page.
Beautiful writing, lovable hero and heroine, despicable villains, and some themes that make you think. Highly recommended.
Meagan Briggs
Jan 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Pendragon's Heir is an engaging read for lovers of classics and fantasy alike. Suzannah Rowntree has skillfully captured a voice true to a retelling of the Arthurian legend while incorporating a new, intricate plot and likable characters. I have loved the Arthurian legend since I was a pre-teen and have read some great adaptations, but Pendragon's Heir, with its unique premise and memorable characters, is my new favorite.
Nov 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Finished Pendragon's Heir at midnight. I found it hard to put it down even over Christmas. This is one book well worth reading.
4.5 stars! Well, that was fun! And strange. And lovely. *smiles* I quite enjoyed Pendragon's Heir by Suzannah Rowntree. It's time-travel, in a Narnia-ish type of way; and a retelling of Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table of sorts. In short, fascinating.

Blanche Pendragon is living in 1900 England with her guardian. She enjoys spending time with friends, and is interest in a rather intriguing man named Corbin. Then something crazy happens ...
Perceval of Wales has left his mother and is on h
Dec 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
“Pendragon’s Heir” is a rich and multi-layered fantasy novel by Australian author Suzannah Rowntree. It is what I like to call an “into the cupboard novel” – the kind of novel where a relatively modern character steps into the magic cupboard or time machine and then steps out into the fantasy world. The “Narnia” stories are perhaps the most famous examples of the genre. In this case, Blanche Pendragon (the main character) lives in late Victorian England until she is faced with the question of wh ...more
I appreciate the way this novel brings many threads of Arthurian legend together into a tale entirely new and, although still tragic, resolved with hope. Time-travel, romance, and a thrilling battle between a giant and a knight--much here to keep a reader glued to the page! Its greatest strengths are beautiful description and epic battle scenes, and the author delves courageously into the relevance of medieval philosophy in today's world. Enjoyable reading!
Dec 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
King Arthur has been a been a longstanding favourite of mine (though I haven't seriously read all the relevant literature; my repeteur consists of Roger Lancelyn Green, Tennyson, Tolkein and TH White), so I was quite pleased to have the opportunity of being a beta reader for this novel.

Something that struck me about this book is the way it hangs together, drawing a great many of the Arthurian stories together in one tapestry. On top of that, Suzannah managed to introduce her own plots and subplo
Dec 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I am in awe of how magnificently this book was written. It felt like it was written a long time ago and the style was delightfully different then what I am accustomed to. Let me just go on a fangirling writer's rant. The way battle and action scenes were described were awesome (literally inspiring awe:P) . Ideas were conveyed in such a way that it took me directly to the world and made me shiver in its cold. Characters were well written and the way all the Arthurian stories were pulled together ...more
May 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Having grown up surrounded by tales of Medieval and Renaissances as well as Musicals, especially Camelot, I was quite fairly intrigued after reading the generous sample.

I was somewhat leery when I began the book but the author managed swiftly to draw me in and keep the suspense through all of the story. I also appreciated how the author managed to keep the tone of the medieval setting so that it felt quite as if I were reading an old manuscript. A few times I felt that perhaps an more common wo
Jared Abbott
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I really enjoyed this retelling of the legends of King Arthur. Even though the author draws on older traditions, it is presented in a fresh and unique way by making Arthur and Guinevere's daughter Blanchefleur the main character. There is action and adventure to spare, including feuds, battles, and even time travel! There's romance, without cloying, sentimental mushiness. There is even some philosophy and theology, but not so much as to make the story "preachy." Perhaps the most impressive thing ...more
Jan 01, 2016 rated it really liked it

I've not read many books surrounding the King Arthur legends, but I've been interested in them for quite a while now. When Suzannah contacted me, asking if I'd be willing to review her book Pendragon's Heir, I was immediately interested. So I said yes.

I wouldn't consider myself an expert in the field of King Arthur, so I cannot tell you how closely this book follows the legends. But it felt very Arthurian. Suzannah's writing style borrowed many elements fr
Jul 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: christian, fantasy
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Jeff Miller
Apr 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Closer to 4.5 stars.

I have always enjoyed stories about Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. But aspects of the story as often portrayed made it more of a tragedy than I story I could fully embrace. T.H. White's "The Once and Future King" is one of my favorite retellings, but the same story elements take some of the enjoyment away.

So I was delighted to find a retelling that takes most of the familiar elements of the story and provides a different interpretation without totally removing tho
Bethany Oetken
Feb 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I wish I could give this book 10 stars! I loved it. The end.
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Delightful. Worth refreshing your memory on the King Arthur legends before reading.
Abar Afrn
Arthurian lore is one of my most favourite. I really liked the concept of King Arthur having a daughter.

The Pendragon's Heir starts in the 19oo England. Blanche Pendragon lives with a guardian, Sir Ector and her lady’s-companion Nerys. She lives a normal life which mostly revolves around her friend and her crush. When she was young she often wondered about her parents but now she is not so curious to know but on the night of her eighteenth birthday she is given a gift, an old ring that belongs t
Sophia Field
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed Pendragon's Heir a lot more the second time through! A few years of maturity and a better understanding of Arthurian legend helped me appreciate the 'keeps' and 'changes' Rowntree has woven from the old stories.

When I enter Blanchefleur's world by way of Pendragon's Heir, I find myself suffering from a form of culture shock. This fantasy-history land of chivalry, dragons, and jousts is unfamiliar and unsettling to me, just as it is to Blanchefleur herself.

I do typically struggle with a
I read the first 80 percent of this book in September, and then put it down until February. I remember finally hitting a slower patch, and being frustrated by the language. Ay any rate, I finally finished it.

This book was a mostly quick read, with the last quarter being a bit slower in places. The story was pretty good, but I do prefer other King Arthur retellings. I recommend it if you enjoy retellings of King Arthur tales set in that time, and with more antiquated language, rather than today'
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“She stared at the featureless iron and felt more keenly than ever the distance between them. Now. Now was the time to say what might be the last words he would ever hear from her.
"Fight," she said at last. "Win.”
“Blanchefleur felt a quick rush of affection for her. When the world frowned, Branwen went on smiling. There was a heart of steel under all that froth and bubble.” 3 likes
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