The Winter King by Bernard Cornwell

King Arthur is a well-known character in history and one loved by many people. Recently, I have been intrigued by his stories and legends and so borrowed the one book my library had on him. Although this book’s credibility is doubtful, I had a delightful experience reading this book. Here’s what it’s about:

The story is narrated by Derfel, an old monk who was once one of Arthur’s warriors. He tells of his adventures starting from when he was a boy, with his foolish love for Nimue – Merlin’s apprentice, and carries on with the loss of his home, his becoming of a warrior and his companionship with Arthur himself. Everything seems well with the country of Britain but when Arthur makes a dreadful mistake, all things are in turmoil. Will Arthur be able to make things right? And what will happen if he can’t?

I enjoyed this book enormously. It is one of the few books I did not read without much interest: every single page captivated me. Therefore, I give it 9 stars and recommend it for ages 13+, since there are a few difficult concepts in the book for a young child to grasp. I heard this is the first book in a trilogy so I look forward to reading the rest!



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