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The pageantry and passionate intrigues of King Arthur’s court are expertly re-created in this historical novel—the only Arthurian novel in which all of the central characters are portrayed as intrinsically good people. This realistic retelling of the legend shows Arthur severing the bonds of bastardy, vanquishing the Saxons, and loving one woman. As the daring teenage warrior prepares for the throne, he discovers true love with Morgan of Avalon, the youngest of Merlin’s daughters, but fate cruelly thwarts ...

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Overview

The pageantry and passionate intrigues of King Arthur’s court are expertly re-created in this historical novel—the only Arthurian novel in which all of the central characters are portrayed as intrinsically good people. This realistic retelling of the legend shows Arthur severing the bonds of bastardy, vanquishing the Saxons, and loving one woman. As the daring teenage warrior prepares for the throne, he discovers true love with Morgan of Avalon, the youngest of Merlin’s daughters, but fate cruelly thwarts their hopes for a future together. Never before has a telling of the Arthur story made the breathtaking drama of this charismatic king more real or moving.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Making old material new marks a master storyteller and with this fresh look at the legend of King Arthur, romance writer Wolf reaffirms her preeminence in those ranks. Although the Romans have already left Britain, Uther Pendragon is a Roman king, married to the Celtic princess Igraine, daughter of Merlin. Their son Arthur, conceived before Igraine's divorce from her first husband, has been raised in secret with Merlin's younger daughter Morgan, wherein lies the emotional heart of this tale. Arthur and Morgan, his half-aunt, share a love that cannot be acknowledged. When, as king, he must marry, Arthur weds the Celtic princess Gwenhwyfar, but he and Morgan remain lovers, while Gwenhwyfar, with Arthur's blessing, finds love with Bedwyr, the king's closest friend and ally. With the strength of his leadership and personality, Arthur unifies the British tribes, repells the Saxon threat and, adapting Roman ideas of government, establishes peace in the kingdom. But when Mordred, a young Celtic prince with an uncanny likeness to Arthur, comes to Camelot, jealousy and ambition threaten Arthur's dream. Portraying characters with crisp and memorable originality, Wolf capturesand enrichesthe tragic sweep of romance and idealism inherent in the Arthurian tale. Imaginative and moving, this narrative by the author of The Rebel and the Rose is historical fiction at its finest. (August)
Library Journal
As books by Marion Zimmer Bradley, Mary Stewart, Parke Godwin, and others attest, the legend of King Arthur continues to fascinate. Wolfe, setting her version in a post-Roman Britain battling the encroaching Saxons, has created a pleasing romance. When the young Arthur is suddenly revealed as King Uther's heir, he discovers that Morgan, the beautiful girl he has grown up with and loves passionately, is his aunt and is forbidden to marry him. He is forced to marry Gwenhyfar for dynastic reasons, but his enduring love for Morgan sows the seeds of disaster. A strongly original viewpoint is missing, as is the highly developed detail found in other works, but this novel uses the elements of the legend effectively. Recommended for popular fiction collections. Beth Ann Mills, New Rochelle P.L., N.Y.
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“Imaginative and moving, this narrative . . . is historical fiction at its finest.”  —Publishers Weekly

“A pleasing romance [that] uses the elements of the legend effectively.”  —Library Journal

“Deeply absorbing and satisfying . . . a fascinating reshaping of the Arthurian legend.”  —Rosemary Sutcliff, author, Sword at Sunset

“A spectacular re-creation of the Arthurian legend.”  —Romantic Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780785787174
  • Publisher: Sagebrush Education Resources
  • Publication date: 10/1/1999

Meet the Author

Joan Wolf is the author of numerous critically acclaimed historical novels, including High Meadow, His Lordship’s Desire, The Poisoned Serpent, Royal Bride, Silverbridge, Someday Soon, That Summer, and To the CastleMary Jo Putney is the author of many books, including Angel Rogue, Bewitched, Bothered & BeVampyred, The Marriage Spell, and Petals in the Storm.

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  • Posted December 2, 2011

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    Very highly recommended. The best Arthurian legend interpretation I've read.

    This interpretation of the Arthurian legend is the best I've ever read. More grounded in reality than The Once and Future King and certainly more historically accurate. The relationships between Arthur and Morgan, Arthur and Guinevere, et al are throughly believable and make it easier to relate to the various characters. If you've never read Joan Wolf before, let this be your introduction to her very thorough historical research, her wonderful characters and her marvelous prose. Pick it up and read the first five pages, if you're not caught up in the story at that point, put it back. I'm willing to bet that you'll buy it instead of putting it back.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2006

    I read over and over

    This historical tale of the once and mighty king 'Arthur' and his fight for his kingdom while being torn from the one he loves more then life itself. I have read this book over and over again it should be reprinted I fell in love with every character and felt to be so much a part of the action that I thought I was there. NOT your typical 'romance' novel it the kind of love and drama that every human being longs for and can appreciate. A fantastic book and

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2009

    One of my favorite novels of all time!

    I have read this book and the sequels over & over since they were originally published. "Road to Avalon" is not your typical Arthurian tale--it reads like a serious historical novel with characters rich in human frailties and strengths. Each character, good and bad, is real and human and not fairytale-like--they are believable and fascinating. Her political knowledge of the time is impressive. Do not let Joan Wolf's less "serious" historical novels fool you -- she is an incredible writer with insight and imagination and knowledge. I have waited for a long time, with no satisfaction, for her to write another series as rich and wonderful as "Road to Avalon."

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