Mordred, Bastard Son (Mordred Series #1)

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A monk becomes enthralled by the story prisoner Mordred has to tell, one of ambition, power, and betrayal. Here, Mordred emerges as a sympathetic and romantic hero, tortured by his love for the knight he cannot possess.

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Overview

“Inspired.”—Booklist

“Refreshingly original.”—Publishers Weekly

A monk becomes enthralled by the story prisoner Mordred has to tell, one of ambition, power, and betrayal. Here, Mordred emerges as a sympathetic and romantic hero, tortured by his love for the knight he cannot possess.

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Publishers Weekly
Though usually portrayed as the worm in the bud that was Camelot, Mordred, the illegitimate offspring of King Arthur and sorceress Morgan le Fay, gets sympathetic treatment in Clegg's revisionist Arthurian fantasy, the first in a projected trilogy. Born into exile on the Isle of Glass, the young Mordred knows his father only through the stories bitter elders tell of Arthur's theft of Excalibur from the Lady of the Lake. Mordred flourishes under the instruction of his mother and the wizard Merlin, but he's distracted from his education in druidic mysteries by his adolescent passion for a hermit living in the nearby wilds. That hermit's identity, coupled with a transgression that alienates Mordred from his community by the novel's end, all point to the inexorable destiny that shapes the tale's events and tinges them with pathos. Clegg (The Priest of Blood) maintains a nice balance between the human and mythic dimensions of his characters, portraying the familiar elements of their story from refreshingly original angles. (Jan.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Best-selling horror novelist Clegg (Afterlife) reinvents Arthurian legend with this first book in a planned trilogy. When Arthur's illegitimate son Mordred is pursued by his father's soldiers, a monk offers Mordred assistance if he will narrate the story of his life. Mordred obliges with a tale that turns the traditional Authurian heros into villains. Power-hungry Arthur is willing to kill anyone-even his own kin-to build an eternal kingdom that Merlin has foretold as his destiny. Arthur's soldiers hunt Arthur's pregnant half-sister, Morgan le Fay, who with Merlin's help escapes into the Lake of Glass, the magical world where Mordred was born. Under the tutelage of Merlin and the Druids, Mordred learns to understand his supernatural powers while at the same time struggling with his physical attraction to other boys. His infatuation for his athletic friend Lukat is not reciprocated, but eventually Mordred and Lancelot share an immediate attraction that develops into love. A plodding plot and occasionally insipid dialog, combined with the sentimental portrayal of Mordred's relationship with Lancelot, detract from both the magic and the adventure central to any Arthurian tale. Readers of Clegg's horror novels may not follow the author into this new genre, and traditional fans of Arthurian legends may not be enchanted. Recommended only for comprehensive fiction collections.-Joseph Eagan, Enoch Pratt Free Lib., Baltimore Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555839871
  • Publisher: Alyson Books
  • Publication date: 2/1/2007
  • Series: Mordred Series , #1
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Douglas Clegg is the author of many books, including the best sellers Nightmare Chronicles, The Hour Before Dark, The Infinite, and You Come When I Call You. He lives outside Manhattan.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2008

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    Terrffic!

    This was a terrific novel, I enjoyed every page of it and I cannot wait to read the next installment. Potential readers will enjoy a refreshing twist with a gay protagonist battling the forces of darkness.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2008

    Caught me buy Surprise

    This book was amazing. I have read so many books with all sorts of twists on the King Arthur legends but this one is by far my favorite. It really opened my eyes to the other side of the story and gives Mordred a more human side rather than painting him as the evil tool of his mother. I absolutely can't wait for the second part.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2006

    This is a must read!

    Mr Clegg did a fantastic job. This is an different type of writing for him and he did an excellent job! What a great story. An alternate take on the Arthurian legends. This is one of those great ones you just hate to finish. I can't wait till the second book! Thank you, Mr Clegg!!!!

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