Here Lies Arthur

Gwyna is just a irl who is forced to run when her tow is attacked and burns to the ground. To her orror, she is discovered in the wood. But it is Myrddin the bard who has found her, a traveler and spinner of tales. He agrees to protect Gwyna if she will agree to be bound in service to him. Gwyna is frightened but intrigued-and says yes-for this Myrddin serves the young, rough, and powerful Arthur. In the course of their travels, Myrddin transforms Gwyna into the mysterious Lady of the ake, a boy warrior, and a spy. It is part of a plot to transform Arthur from the leader of a ragtag war band into King Arthur, the greatest heroe of all time.

If Gwyna and Myrrdin 's trickery is discovered, what will become of Gwyna? Worse, what will become of Arthur? Only the endless battling, the mighty belief of men, and the sheer cunning of one remarkable girl will tell.

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Published November 1st 2008 by Scholastic Press (first published April 2nd 2007
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( hide spoiler) ] However, I remember liking Here Lies Arthur enough, and actually finding it rather interesting and likable, which brings me to my next confession: I have a deep loathing of King Arthur stories.

But like most people in the US, I 'd reckon, I had to read the King Arthur legends in high chool.

Like I 'm waiting for omeone to come up and pull the wool over my yes, too, so I 'll see what everybody else sees.So what do I do with a book that imagines legendary, " heroic " King Arthur as a brute and a bully?

In my opinion, " huzzah " to Reeve for showing Arthur as I 've always seen him: a brutish brigand who manages to achieve renown not by his own endeavour, but by the ensemble cast working around him.You can read other reviews to get the 411 on the general remise of this books.

I do remember thinking that most of the characters fell a bit flat- but then again, one does not read Here Lies Arthur for the character exposition.

The best part of the storie, for me, was in reading the characte of the Mordred character ( he goes by a different, more Welsh-sounding name in this trilog).

The weirdest thing about the stories, though, was the boy-who-dresses-like-a-girl character.

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The arrator, Gwyna, is a unlucky young girl who stumbles across their path during one of George 's raids, and is transformed multiple times -- from Lady of the Lake to boy servant to handmaiden spy and back again.Reeve is one of my avorite fantasy authors writing today and this novel is just as stellar as his outstanding Hungry City Chronicles.

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I attended a literacy conference this week where Philip Reeve was- for wont of a better hrase- the keynote speaker and I was lent this book as an introduction to his work as- to my total shame- I 've never read any!

The metaphor Reeve uses to describe Arthur is the bear: petty, violent and brutally violent.

Reeve seems to be creating a world that is closer to historical reality- with it 's ardships, horrors, tedium and petty brutality as well as beauty, stink and death.

Reeve sets the story deeply into the Celtic world, translating familiar names like Merlin into the more Welsh- and more authentic sounding- Myrddin; Tintagel become Din Tagel.

And what I find amazing is that, just like Gwyna, we both recognise the lies for what they are and we are seduced by them ourselves.

The gender ambiguities of Gwyna who becomes a boy, Gwyn, to be safe upon the road and the parallel storie of Peredur kept safe from the army by being dressed as a girl echoes As You Like It 's Rosalind.

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Merlin ( or Myrddin, as he is called here in Welsh) playing the original spin doctor is brilliant! I have yet to read a single Reeve story I have n't liked.

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Here Lies Arthur by Philip Reeve- This novel is a simila tal about the King Arthur legend.The story follows a irl named Gwyna, who is running away from her home, which is in flames.

However, Myrddin has another use for little Gwyna, she becomes the Lady of the ake and is the onl who gives Arthur his sword Caliburn ( Excalibur).

After Gwyna gives the sword to Arthur, Myrddin makes her into a boy so she would be reluctant to come with them.

By this time, Gwyna is starting to look more and more like a young woman than a an.

Myrddin seeing this decides to change Gwyn back into Gwyna and she goes into to serve Gwenhwyfar.

This tory is a different perspective and a whole different take on the legend of King Arthur.Negatives:1) Myrddin.

Seeing Caliburn being held by the Lady of the Lake reminiscent of the movie Excalibur really works well.Overall: 5/5Final Thoughts: This was a fun take on King Arthur 's legend.

Seeing Arthur as a vile character was different and I thought it works really well.

Gwyna is an intriguin backstor, going from girl to boy to girl again and how she deals with everything was fun to read about.

It just was a fast paced tal and exciting like nothing else.

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