T. H. White’s masterful retelling of the saga of King Arthur is a fantasy classic as legendary as Excalibur and Camelot, and a poignant story of adventure, romance, and magic that has enchanted readers for generations.
Once upon a time, a young boy called “Wart” was tutored by a magician named Merlyn in preparation for a future he couldn’t possibly imagine. A future in which he would ally himself with the greatest knights, love a legendary queen and unite a country dedicated to chivalrous values. A future that would see him crowned and known for all time as Arthur, King of the Britons.
During Arthur’s reign, the kingdom of Camelot was founded to cast enlightenment on the Dark Ages, while the knights of the Round Table embarked on many a noble quest. But Merlyn foresaw the treachery that awaited his liege: the forbidden love between Queen Guenever and Lancelot, the wicked plots of Arthur’s half-sister Morgause and the hatred she fostered in Mordred that would bring an end to the king’s dreams for Britain—and to the king himself.
“[The Once and Future King] mingles wisdom, wonderful, laugh-out-loud humor and deep sorrow—while telling one of the great tales of the Western world.”—Guy Gavriel Kay
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Most of us have a general sense of the legend of King Arthur from childhood books and cartoons, not to mention from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. We know about the sword Excalibur, Merlyn the magician, the Knights of the Round Table, and the affair between Queen Guinevere and Sir Lancelot. But if you ever want to delve into the full story, T. H. White’s 1958 epic is the only way to go. With The Once and Future King, White transforms the old Arthurian legends into a hero’s journey, from youthful adventure to an old man’s melancholic musings. Exciting and filled with flashes of humor, this book is as important to modern fantasy as Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings—and just as much fun to read. It’s a once and future classic.
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One of my favorites
Since high school I have loved this book. It takes a bit of patience in some places. Worth it.
I loved the ending it was so perfect