- Gebundene Ausgabe: 260 Seiten
- Verlag: Alyson Publications Inc; Auflage: New edition (30. Juni 2006)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1555838995
- ISBN-13: 978-1555838997
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 23,3 x 17 x 2,5 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 809.825 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Mordred, Bastard Son (Mordred Trilogy) (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 30. Juni 2006
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One of literature's most hated villains is reimagined in this vivid retelling of the Arthurian legend. Stoker Award-winning novelist Douglas Clegg ("Afterlife", "The Hour Before Dark", and over a dozen other bestselling novels of contemporary horror) sets his rich imagination to the task of reinventing Arthurian legend, with spectacular results. A young monk becomes enthralled by the story a mysterious prisoner begins to tell as he tends to his wounds. The prisoner is Mordred, bastard son of King Arthur Pendragon and his half-sister Morgan Le Fay, who has been arrested for murder and treason. His story is one of ambition, power and betrayal, and it will change the monk's life forever. In Clegg's ambitious reimagining of Camelot, Mordred, the traditional villain of Arthurian legend, emerges as a heroic and romantic figure, torn between his powerful mother's desire for revenge against Arthur, his own conflicted feelings toward the father who betrayed him and his passionate love affair with a knight in King Arthur's court: Lancelot. The first of a trilogy, "Mordred, Bastard Son" sets the stage for an epic adventure of love, friendship, magic, war and betrayal.A truly fresh and dazzling chapter in the Arthurian canon.
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Douglas Clegg is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 30 books including The Hour Before Dark, Neverland and Bad Karma. He lives near the coast of New England and is working on his next book. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.
Grundsätzlich ist die Geschichte nett ausgedacht, wieder eine andere, eigene Version der Artussage. Allerdings hapert es ein wenig an der Umsetzung. Im Vorwort schreibt Clegg, daß er keine "historische" Version schreiben, sondern wieder zurück zu den mythischen Ursprüngen gehen wollte, was grundsätzlich kein Fehler ist. Doch irgend etwas muß hier schiefgegangen sein, denn ein so dünnes Buch sollte einen nicht langweilen, was es leider streckenweise getan hat. Für meinen Geschmack gab es hier einfach zu viel mystisches Herumreden. Als sich gegen Ende die Ereignisse überschlagen, ist man fast schon zu ermüdet, um das noch wirklich genießen zu können.
Immerhin, Mordred und auch einige andere Figuren wirken schön lebendig, teils sympathisch und interessant. Und die Wahl Cleggs für Mordreds große Liebe in seiner Geschichte kann man nur innovativ nennen, da dieser Mann wohl der letzte wäre, an den ich gedacht hätte. Diese Beziehung wirkt allerdings auch noch etwas vage und es bleibt zu hoffen, daß sich Clegg beim kommenden Buch ein wenig mehr Mühe damit und einem Gleichgewicht zwischen Gerede und Handlung gibt. Der Cliffhanger am Ende stimmt mich zumindest optimistisch und läßt mich ein interessantes zweites Buch erhoffen.
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The plot is difficult to follow at times, with rambling narratives that veer off and rejoin and veer off again. A comparatively large amount of time is spent wallowing in Mordred's chastity - too much, I think, because I started rolling my eyes at his Raging Hormones well before the wallowing climaxed, as it were. The sentence structure also sometimes goes galloping off with its bit between its teeth, winding on with such convoluted or rambling phrasing that more than one sentence requires rereading to grasp its meaning. Typographical errors and lingering mark-up - although not a huge problem - are also just enough of a presence to occasionally throw me from my reading.
That being said, it was still an interesting book and I'm glad I read it. I look forward to how Mordred will continue to develop as a character within the constraints of Arthurian legend and how the audience for his narrative will evolve with him. Still, I will wish that my local library would carry the future volumes, as I don't know that I'd want to pay for them.
Although this book, compared to other fantasy/historical fiction isn't heavy handed in action or even the conventional 1-2 step magic tricks, the emotional depth, the roller coaster tale is worth the ride. From the first pages, with Mordred's appearance, I found myself already rooting for him even though I didn't know why I should.
It's a true underdog setup but I think that because everyone knows that Mordred doesn't have a happy ending, the taste is bittersweet. As I read the story, I felt such deep sympathy for Mordred, more than I ever have for any other fictional character. It felt like I was watching a child walk into a burning building and unable to do anything about it. I think the whole premise of Mordred being homosexual was just another layer to Mordred that made the story richer. It wasn't the basis of the book, but it played a large role in the way he understood the world.
The characters that you thought you understood stood have undergone a makeover. Merlin, Morgause, Morgan le Fay, Arthur, Lancelot and Guinevere. The same but different.
If you're strictly looking for a romance novel, turn away. If you think you'd like a fresh retelling of Camelot, buy it. If you're just looking for an enjoyable, heart wrenching short read about growing pains, go for it. It's honestly now a favorite book of mine because there was just something there that made my heart twinge for Camelot, but mostly for Mordred.
Mordred, born bastard and heathen of an incestuous coupling of the bloodline pun-Dragon and the bloodline of the Fay, conceived from the brutal rape of Arthur's half sister Morgan LeFay, will be the instrument of the King's great unmaking, perhaps even the greatest unraveling of all. Fearing for their lives, the pregnant Morgan escapes Tintagel with Merlin, finding sanctity on the Isle of Glass where Mordred is safely born.
From birth, Mordred is sheltered by his aunt Morgause and great aunt Viviane, as they gather around this great son of a King, steadily casting their prayers to "the will of life," offering up to him the blessings from the Great Lady of the Lake. As Mordred grows older, he learns the secrets of the earth and lakes, and trains with Merlin in the Eastern Arts of necromancy and war.
He learns of the elements, the energies of the forest, and the "magick" of the faerie realm that invade the mind through scent and the invisible boundaries existing in the world "unseen by men." It's a bucolic and tempered existence, but Mordred knows he is different: When he becomes physically attracted to his best friend Lukat, Viviane tells him he is like the "soldier-mages," those who love other men, "as some fear in this world who know not of such love."
Mordred is consumed with adolescent sexual urges when one day, at the edge the desolate territory, he spies a wild hermit swimming naked in the Lake of Glass. Little does he know this man is the greatest betrayer; Viviane warns him to say away from this knight, swordsman, and best friend of Arthur. But Mordred ignores them and soon he's caught up in the alchemy of love, a mingling of confusion with flesh and soul.
This hermit, this enigmatic man, once told Arthur of the sacred place beneath the lake, where the sword of Excalibur lay buried in rock. And as Mordred learns more, he falls in love but is deceived into thinking he can live a life unaffected by the machinations of the outside world. For Morgan, dreams of vengeance, and remembers how she was once hunted like a dog by her half brother, who stole the sword and the thrones of the kingdoms from her.
Betrayal also comes in the form of the seemingly loyal the Morgause, who has swallowed a life of servitude to King Lot and to her sons. Now full of vengeful fury she has captured the half soul of her sister, and is intent to battle a King who has been given the sacred tools of the greatest of kings. As Mordred becomes a man, he must deal with his guilt at his crimes of passion, and his longing for the world that had begun to remake itself around him.
Author Douglass Clegg beautifully skewers the Arthurian legends; weaving a compelling story, single handedly reinventing Mordred's sexuality. He is no longer the betrayer, of Arthur, the knight Lancelot, and Guinevere Queen of the Britons; he is now the seductive and passionate hero, given the almost insurmountable task of finding the cauldron of rebirth - the Grail. Arthur is the greatest of all emperors, and Mordred longs to see him, despite the monstrous things he had done to his mother before his birth.
This is a lawless, violent and random world, caught up in ancient superstitions, where the Kings and Druid priests, remember terrors of roman captivity, and call out for Merlin, hoping that the ancient mage might save them from devastation. Those who worshipped the heathen gods have largely gone underground, and those of Christendom have sought sanctuary in the ruins of abbeys, monasteries, nunneries and the Roman villas.
Mordred and his ilk remain tied to the rituals of the sacred midsummer rites, of the men of the tribes and the old ways of his people. But eventually, Mordred must leave the safety of Isle of Glass, for his destiny is predetermined and he is set on a irrevocable path that will become his life.
In this first part of this adventure, our young and heroic prince achieves a type of erotic understanding, arriving from his breaking of the bonds of innocence. Yet as he saves a damsel in distress and witnesses his enemies gathering - in the form of a newly rejuvenated and vengeful Morgause - Mordred realizes that the debts of his life are only just beginning. Mike Leonard May 06.
Being familiar with Arthurian legend, it was kind of hard for me to put aside other stuff I've read and go with what I was reading here. If you've read a synopsis of the book at all, you know that Mordred is gay and his lover is one of Arthur's knights. Very different from the other stories. Anyway, I would rate it 3 stars. I do plan on picking up the next book in the trilogy just to see where Clegg goes with this. It left me hanging too much not to...
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