Dark forces are taking hold in the kingdom of Camelot King Arthur struggles to keep his knights in line as they steadily divide themselves into factions the great Merlin has vanished at the hands of his lover and pupil, Nimue wizards all over the countryside battle for whatever measures of power they can find At the center of the maelstrom stands Keira, an innocent girl who possesses the ability to foretell the fate of her world When Keira is kidnapped from her village home, her mother, Alayna, flees to Camelot and finds Mordred, an enigmatic knight who will ultimately become Keiras greatest champion, Alaynas greatest love, and King Arthurs greatest enemy.In the long tradition of Arthurian legend, Mordred has been characterized as a buffoon, a false knight, and a bloodthirsty traitor The Book of Mordred reveals a mysterious man through the eyes of three women who love him....
|Title||:||The Book of Mordred|
|Publisher||:||HMH Books for Young Readers Reprint edition June 18, 2007|
|Number of Pages||:||352 pages|
|File Size||:||587 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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The Book of Mordred Reviews
What can I say? I read this book last summer when I saw it in the library and wow, this truly is a good read. I picked it up and read through the first 10 pages right there, standing up in the middle of the library; it was then that I knew that I had to read the rest. Overall, it is an enjoyable, some-what light (although it does pick up in a number of parts) read.
I was completely captivated by this story!! One of my new favorites!
I love this book and the writer. I have since i was 13 years old. I will re-read it again and again
Firstly, I have to say that Vivian Vande Velde is my very favorite author. I have ALL of her books (including her children's books) and think that she is an amazing author. So, while I only rated this book three stars, that is by comparing it to her other books, not by other books I have read in the genre of historical fantasy. This book was good and I did read it in a matter of a week, but, that said, I usually stay up all night reading her books and finish them in a day or two. I am a fan of Arthurian legend and have been for some time, so that is not why I don't like this book as well as the others. I found the character of Mordred to be... a bit flat. You never really know him through the entire book and, while he is supposed to be somewhat enigmatic, the general impression that one gets is that he is simply two dimensional. Even in the end, you don't see him really for what he is and you are left wondering "So, what is he really going to do? Who is he really?" Perhaps that is the point, but I thought that this book was supposed to help answer some of the questions about who he was. Instead, it seemed to go more to what he did. Alayna is not a character who ever really comes to life for me either. In the beginning of the book, her character starts to take shape, but in the second two parts, she becomes so secondary and lifeless that she is hard to even notice or care about. Nimue is rather interesting, but what he relationship is with anyone is never really established and she ends up coming off as completely weak and powerless in pretty much every respect, though still likable, I must admit. Kiera is largely the focus of the book and perhaps my favorite character. To me, she was the only one who seemed to be thoroughly developed, except perhaps for Arthur and the villains (who were delightfully evil). Again, the book was an interesting read. Though I found the ending unsatisfying, I am not sorry that I bought the book. If you are a fan of Vivian Vande Velde, then I suggest you read it. If you have not read anything by this author, I recommend that you start off reading "Companions of the Night", "Dragons Bait", or "The Changeling Prince", though really any of her books are fabulous, those are three of my favorites.
Everyone knows Mordred is King Arhtur's illegitimate son, destined to destroy his father's kingdom and bring the golden age of Camelot to its knees. Or is he? Several modern authors have re-examined the life of Mordred in a more sympathetic light, and the latest of these is THE BOOK OF MORDRED by Vivian Vande Velde. In Velde's work we get to know Mordred primarily through his interraction with three women named Alayna, Nimue, and Kiera. Arthurian readers will already be familiar with Nimue, though Velde's interpretation of the character is an interesting variation on the traditional one. Alayna is a wizard's widow who shares an uncertain relationship with Mordred, and Kiera is her daughter. These women share several adventures with Mordred, in which the author introduces a particularly nasty evil wizard and his accomplices. It is these characters that Velde handles best--when working with other well-known personages from Camelot, Velde's prose seems uncertain and her otherwise sure and deft descriptions falter. It's as though she doesn't know the rest of the cast very well. Sadly, this applies to Mordred himself. Velde's Mordred never really emerges from the shadows, and the reader may not feel like they know the character any better after reading this book than they did before. The conclusion is, up to a point, very rich and atmospheric, but again it's as though the author doesn't really know what to do with Mordred and so the end is something of an anti-climax. Still, this is by no means a bad book, and if Velde writes more on the subject later on I will certainly want to read it. On a basic level, THE BOOK OF MORDRED is very well-written, but it's author's apparent uncertainty with Mordred himself is a major flaw. Nontheless, this is fun book that does go in some new directions with the familiar tale, and one I do recommend to Arhturian or fantasy fans who are looking for something a little different.
It's wonderful to see a different perspective on the Arthur legend, and Velde captures Mordred's personality perfectly. The writing style is disappointingly simple, with too much dialogue and not enough description. But the story is fun and has a few unexpected turns.