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J. Robert King -- best known for his numerous game-related works in series like Forgotten Realms, Magic: the Gathering, Ravenloft, and Planescape -- wraps up his Arthurian triptych with Le Morte d'Avalon, a retelling of the Camelot mythos from the point of view of Morgan le Fey, Arthur's half sister.
While Mad Merlin was told from the sorcerer's viewpoint and Lancelot du Lethe from the perspective of the greatest knight in Arthur's court, King's newest novel focuses on Morgan le Fey, the antithesis of Arthur. Morgan's mission in life is made clear at a very early age. Her mother, Igraine, is seduced by someone posing as her father; then hours later, her father is killed in battle. Her mother quickly remarries and relocates from Tintagel to London, in effect abandoning her young daughter. With deep issues concerning a male-dominated society and her half brother and his war-hungry Christian god, Morgan learns magic from the "ghost village" of wise women inside her head and sets out to defeat Arthur and liberate the women of Britannia forever.
Fans of Celtic fantasy novels with strong female characterization like Marion Zimmer Bradley's The Mists of Avalon and Cecilia Dart-Thornton's Bitterbynde trilogy (The Ill-Made Mute, The Lady of the Sorrows, and The Battle of Evernight) will definitely be enthralled by Le Morte d'Avalon. And while there have been innumerable run-of-the-mill Arthurian legend novels published in the last decade, King manages to put a unique spin on Camelot and its legendary inhabitants. Paul Goat Allen