The Book of Mordred, by Vivian Vande Velde

This focus on Mordred’s life uses three short stories to tell of two of his exploits (as the author creates them) and then winds those stories into the final story of Mordred that covers Camelot’s demise. Based on Malory’s Morte d’Arthur, the finale captures all of the looming tragedy as it unfolds: Lancelot’s betrayal, the war that Arthur refuses to fight, and, ultimately, Arthur and Mordred facing each other one last time. The new stories make engaging additions to the canon, and the conclusion brings all the power and despair back to us afresh.

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