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The Dragon's Son

by Sarah L. Thomson

Published by Orchard Books/Scholastic, 2001
181 pages
ISBN: 0-531-30333-0

Ages 12 and older

Sara L. Thomson's debut is a fresh rendition of the Arthurian legend, rooted in the earliest surviving stories about Arthur from medieval Welsh tales and blended with elements of later versions. In her brief introduction, Thomson write, "I wanted to give a voice to characters who don't often get to speak for themselves." And so her telling of this most famous story comes in four parts -- each from a different point of view, each moving the story along its fateful path. First comes Nimue, the ferryman's daughter who falls in love with Myrddin, the bard blessed -- or plagued -- with visions of the future. Then there is Morgan, half-sister and first queen of the prophesized king, who is banished from Arthur's life by Myrddin, but who gives birth to Arthur's twin sons, Gwyned and Menaud The handmaiden Luned continues the story, describing how Arthur's heir, Gwyned, came to be raised by her lady in the midst of great heartache. Finally Arthur's other son, Menaud, finishes the story of how his father came to die by his own hand, his lifelong bitterness dissolving into grief. Deft handling of the complex plot and intriguing characters makes for a richly detailed story. CCBC categories: Fiction for Young Adults; Folklore, Mythology, and Traditional Literature.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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