One of the greatest legends of all time is the story of King Arthur and the Round Table. I have always been intrigued by the people, magic, and mystery that surrounds this story. We previously have shared five different versions of the story, but here are six more titles to further expand your Arthurian knowledge.
THE SQUIRE’S TALE
By Gerald Morris
In medieval England, 14-year-old Terence finds his tranquil life changed suddenly when he becomes the squire of the young Gawain and accompanies him on a long quest to prove Gawain’s worth as a knight and reveal a secret about Terence’s true identity. Morris has a whole series of Arthurian books that feature Terence and the Knights of Camelot. They are witty and full of adventure and magic. Great for older children and teens.
OVER SEA, UNDER STONE
By Susan Cooper
Three children are on vacation in Cornwall when they find an ancient manuscript that sends them on a dangerous quest in the battle between the forces of the Light and the Dark. This is the first book in Cooper’s THE DARK IS RISING series and is a classic for a reason. There is lots of adventure, magic, and family dynamics as they race against the clock to defeat the Dark.
By Meg Cabot
High school junior Ellie has just enrolled at Avalon High School when strange things start to happen, and it seems that some of her classmates may be reincarnations of King Arthur and his court. I remember reading this book as a teen, and absolutely loved it. It is fun to see Arthur set in contemporary time, and Cabot manages to throw in some surprises that keep the characters and the reader on their toes.
ONCE AND FUTURE
By Amy Rose Capetta
King Arthur’s most recent reincarnation is 17-year-old Ari, a female king who fights a tyrannical corporate government who is taking over the solar system, with the aid of her friends and a teenaged Merlin. Camelot in Space! A fun mix of futuristic technology and medieval jousting and chivalry, a group of diverse teenagers tries to stop an evil corporation from destroying the solar system.
THE GUINEVERE DECEPTION
By Kiersten White
In order to protect King Arthur, the banished Merlin has sent a 16-year-old changling to Camelot, where her magic is outlawed, to impersonate the deceased Guinevere. In a court torn between the old and new, Guinevere must try to keep Arthur safe while keeping her true identity hidden. Full of deadly jousts, forbidden romances, and complex characters, this is a great read for readers who love fantasy and mystery.
By Pamela Service
This 2-in-1 volume follows a young, resurrected Merlin as he tries to bring back King Arthur and stop Morgan Le Fey in the wake of a nuclear holocaust. Set in a post-nuclear apocalypse time, Merlin is trying to resurrect Arthur with the help of two boarding school outcasts and stop the evil Morgan Le Fey. This futuristic tale will appeal to both Arthurian purists and fantasy lovers. Have I missed any of your favorite Arthurian adaptations? Be sure to share them in the comments.