Here Lies Arthur by Philip Reeve

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Welcome to the dark side of Camelot.

Gwynna is just a girl who is forced to run when her village is attacked and burns to the ground. To her horror, 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 Gwynna if she will agree to be bound in service to him. Gwynna 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 Gwynna into the mysterious Lady of the Lake, a boy warrior, and a spy. It is part of a plot to transform Arthur from the leader of (con't)

About Philip Reeve

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Philip Reeve is the bestselling author of the Predator Cities quartet and the award-winning Fever Crumb series. His other books include the highly acclaimed HERE LIES ARTHUR and NO SUCH THING AS DRAGONS. He lives in Dartmoor, England with his wife and son. Visit him online at
Published November 1, 2008 by Scholastic Press. 352 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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As Myrddin tells Gwyna, “There’s nothing a man can do that can’t be turned into a tale…I am the story-spinning physician who keeps [Arthur’s] reputation in good health.” But it’s Gwyna who, horror-struck, sees Gwenhwyfar and Bedwyr’s ill-fated affair and its bloody aftermath, sees Arthur’s rout a...

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Here Lies Arthur by Philip Reeve 304pp, Scholastic, £12.99 In this brilliant version of the Camelot story, Philip Reeve scrubs off all that late-medieval gloss about gallant knights and a round table, and returns Arthur to the place where he more probably belongs - a sixth-century mud-and-blood...

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Phillip Reeve set out not to write a new version of King Arthur’s story in Here Lies Arthur (2007), but to “add my own little thimbleful to the sea of stories which surround him.” Everything we know about Arthur is deeply steeped in legends passed down and changed with each telling.

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The Bookbag

Here Lies Arthur is a retelling of the famous King Arthur legends, through the eyes of Gwyna, a young servant girl who encounters Myrddin (Merlin) after her home is destroyed by Arthur and his men.

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Teen Reads

In its unflinching assessment of the harsh realities of the Dark Ages, the origins of myth and the pitfalls to power, HERE LIES ARTHUR is an original contribution to Arthurian tales.

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Common Sense Media

Arthur here is just a brutal thug, little more than a gang leader, who comes to a bad end, and Merlin is a liar and manipulator whose dubious ends don't justify his means.

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Historical Novel Society

The book is a refreshing break from the usual trash lined up for our age group, and I feel it would be best suited to the 12-14 age range, but it is not the best book for readers in search of a challenge.

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Kidz World

When Gwyna’s village is destroyed by King Arthur and his kinsmen, she’s forced to flee.

Mar 31 2010 | Read Full Review of Here Lies Arthur

But even if the subjects of this story weren't named Arthur and Myrddin (Merlin), there would be no doubt -- this is an exciting story with compelling characters and some big ideas that relate to our time at least as much as to the Middle Ages.

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SBY Teens

In this daring reworking of traditional Arthurian folklore Philip Reeve brings our hero Arthur out of the clouds and back to reality by displaying him as a low budget Lord that uses brute force to keep his soldiers loyal.

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