Thursday, October 5, 2017
#tbt: Here Lies Arthur by Philip Reeve
Here Lies Arthur by Philip Reeve. 352 p. Scholastic Inc., November, 2008. 9780545093347.
It's time for #tbt. Here Lies Arthur by Philip Reeve was published in England in 2007. There have been many retellings of the legend of King Arthur since the Middle Ages. Here Lies Arthur is a retelling of the legend of King Arthur with a few tweaks and twists. It is told from the point-of-view of Gwynna, a young girl who disguises herself as a boy to travel with Arthur and his band. To Gwynna, Arthur is no shining paragon of chivalry but a pig-ish brute of a man as sixth century warriors were wont to be. And Merlin is not what the legends make him out to be either. A bit of knowledge of the stories of King Arthur is helpful to appreciate what Reeve has done here, but not necessary to enjoy this tale of adventure.