Austin Vanderwal, April 5, 2013 (view all comments by Austin Vanderwal)
Sword of the Rightful King is a good book. It has magic, action, and romance. Sword of the Rightful King's genre is historical fiction. I liked the book because of all the action. Some people wouldn't understand the book, I understood the book perfectly fine. The book has a slow beginning, somewhat fast middle, and fast end
Will P, March 7, 2013 (view all comments by Will P)
In my opinion overall the book was okay. Throughout the beginning and most of the middle it was pretty boring and hard to understand. But later on in the book near the end, I think it got better. Because it all cleared up and made since during the ending, and there were a lot of twists like Gawen (Gwen) was the actual person who pulled the sword from the stone, and that Gawen was actually a girl named Gwen sent to avenge her sister. But overall it was probably a 3 star book to me.
Sebastian W, March 6, 2013 (view all comments by Sebastian W)
I think that it was a very boring book because i couldn't understand it. That ruined it for me. But from what i could understand it was about a witch who wanted more power for her and her sons. So she sent her sons to Cadbury where they could spy on the king of Brittin Arthur. Not only did Arthur have to deal with a sword thatwas placed in a stone & only the true king of Brittin could pull it from the stone.
This old legend retold by a master storyteller is woven with great respect, giving the well-known characters added depth and new life. Yolen captures the reader from the very beginning, luring one in without letting go until the spellbinding conclusion. It is a welcome addition to the Arthurian legend — a true standout!
by Richard C.
"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"In Yolen's spellbinding twist on the Round Table legend, Morgause feels that her 17-year-old son Gawaine belongs on the throne of England. As she attempts to install him there, she tangles with both the court wizard and Gawaine himself. The author makes Gawaine the emotional lynchpin of the story; he mistrusts his mother and is wholly devoted to the only slightly older King Arthur. Portrayed here as the North Witch, Morgause detests Arthur (her half-brother, according to Arthurian lore), who she feels has usurped the throne. Morgause sends three of Gawaine's brothers back with him to Arthur's court under a diplomatic pretext, and Merlinnus, learning that one of Morgause's sons intends to assassinate Arthur, manufactures the tale of a sword lodged in a block of stone (which, of course, will prove Arthur's fated place upon the throne to a kingdom that has yet to fully embrace him). Yolen constructs a fascinating history linking Morgause to Merlinnus, and breathes fresh life into well-established characters; their encounters crackle with the vitality of overheard conversations. The dynamic between Merlinnus and Arthur is especially well realized: the former a shrewd, resourceful, fatherly man battling the discomforts of age, the latter a restless young king who merely tolerates the mundane responsibilities of monarchy ('Arthur had never met a chair he liked. Or a sport he disliked'). Yolen has explored Arthurian legend before, but her latest foray is a standout in this enormous canon. Ages 12-up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
by The Washington Post Book World,
"Yolen works her reliable magic on the old tale of the sword in the stone, not by re-telling it but by borrowing its themes and characters and shaping it into a whole new story, shot through with equal parts humor, intrigue and poetry."
by Kirkus Reviews,
"Although the prolific Yolen usually supplies more action, those who can't get enough of Arthur and his court will likely enjoy the different slant on his rise to power."
by School Library Journal,
"[A] page-turning tale of magic and adventure, betrayal, loyalty, and love. Through smooth, accessible prose, she draws her characters with broad strokes."
by Children's Literature,
"[I]n [Yolen's] hands, this old tale of King Arthur is fresh and alive....Yolen's words and phrases evoke this ancient time yet will appeal to today's reader. Put this at the top of your read-aloud list."
"Yolen is a gifted writer of fantasy and has returned to this legend of Arthur and Merlin time and time again. She makes the action flow, blending the magic with reality."
"Yolen employs simple vocabulary and straightforward storytelling to weave a subtle, many-layered tale. Her characters have depth and personality....It is, as the book's ending tells readers, 'an old story but a good one,' and Yolen does it honor."
A boldly imagined tale of the early days of King Arthur's court.
The newly crowned King Arthur has yet to win the support of the people. Merlin must do something before the king is betrayed, or murdered, or--worst of all--gets married. So Merlin creates a trick: a sword magically placed into a slab of rock that only Arthur can withdraw. Then he lets it be known that whosoever removes the blade will rule all of England, and invites any man who would dare, to try to pull out the sword.
But then someone else pulls the sword out first. . . .
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