Conceived in violence, born of royalty, and raised in exile, Mordred grows to manhood torn between his powerful mother's desire for revenge, his own conflicted feelings towards the father who betrayed him, and his passionate coming of age into first love with one of the greatest knights of Camelot.
Reviews of Mordred, Bastard Son
*Starred Review* "Riveting...Clegg puts an inspired wrinkle in the hoary tale of Arthur and the grail by casting Arthur's kindred enemy, Mordred, as a gay man. An injured stranger in a cloak and odd, paganish mask, is captured and held in a monastery, igniting wild speculation among the locals, who believe him a notorious traitor. And so he is. He is Mordred, the bastard son of Arthur Pendragon and his half sister, the witch-queen Morgan Le Fay, and he now awaits trial for murder and treason...How excellent." - Booklist
"Douglas Clegg's stunning Mordred, Bastard Son will inspire and refresh..." - Michael Rowe, Advocate Magazine
"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." - Publishers Weekly
"Well-crafted. Written in lyrical prose with colorful characters and historical depth. Lovers of both history and fantasy will discover...an enchanting read." - Edge Boston
"Clegg beautifully skewers the Arthurian legends, weaving a compelling story, single-handedly reinventing Mordred's sexuality. He is no longer the betrayer of Arthur, the knight Lancelot, and Guinevere, Queen of the Britons; he is now the seductive and passionate hero, a lover of men given the almost insurmountable task of finding the cauldron of rebirth..." - Michael Leonard, Curled Up with a Good Book Blog
"...Magic-true magic that really works-takes center stage in...Mordred, Bastard Son...a refreshing return to the myth and magic of the legends...Clegg's approach recalls Sir Thomas Mallory, Chrétien de Troyes, and even Edmund Spenser at times; his setting is never made temporally explicit but rather melds Celtic, Roman, Anglo-Saxon, and high medieval British elements." - Strange Horizons
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Mordred, Bastard Son
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About the Author
Date of Birth:April 1, 1958
Place of Birth:Alexandria, Virginia
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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.
Plot: A retelling of the Arthurian legends from Mordred's point of view. This book is the first in a trilogy (at a bit over 200 pages, a meagre trilogy unless the page count goes up in the next volume) and covers Mordred's life pre-court. A love story with Lancelot is thrown in for good measure. Overall, not too much really happens.Characters: Most characters are well known from the legends and don't go through too much character development. The three witches from Macbeth were somewhat distracting. Mordred himself is written as highly sensitive and delicate, which did not quite work for me. Style: Overly mystic at times. A lot of description that tends to kill off momentum. It's a slow read that gets bogged down by too many words at times. Plus: re-interpretation in some areas. Mordred/Lancelot action for those who, after Mists of Avalon, knew that something of the sort had to be going on in Camelot.Minus: Too mystic, too short to justify a trilogy. Occasional weirdness. Summary: A fun re-interpretation at times, but it falls short of expectations. Caveat: Clegg currently is not working on the sequels, but on a new project.
I read the final Harry Potter book in seven hours; this book took me three weeks because I kept putting it down. The opening is quite promising. A hooded man slips ashore in Britain. He¿s a hunted man, the most wanted man on the isle. Close to capture, he is hidden by a monk in exchange for telling his tale. Clegg is best known for his horror, so I expected more vibrancy. Instead, I often felt as if I was reading Sir Thomas Mallory¿s ¿La Morte D¿Arthur¿. On the plus side, this made the story feel less like a modern interpretation and more like a tale from the pages of history. Unfortunately, the book was bogged down by a lot description. The majority concerns Mordred¿s upbringing and tutelage by Merlin; a young boy describing his everyday life, albeit in a medieval setting concerned with rituals and goddess lore. This is intended as the first of a trilogy, and subsequently there¿s no action to counter all the description and somewhat poetic language.That said, I am disappointed that the publisher has not followed through with the sequels. The author brings a lot of great new twists to the tale, and Mordred is an interesting protagonist. His mother didn¿t seduce Arthur; she was raped by him ¿ likely due to the malevolent influence of Excalibur. Merlin is not an ancient sage; he is reincarnated again and again, but retains all the memories and wisdom from the prior lives. And, he loves Mordred as a son. All the factors start to come together for a fantastic tale. Though I was a bit underwhelmed by this, I would definitely read the sequels because the potential is here and I do want to know what happens next!
Really interesting and enjoyable book... very enthused to get the next part of the story...
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.
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!!!!