This book is narrated by young Anna, whose father is killed by Uter Pendragon early in the story. In fear for Anna’s life, her mother sends her away from Britannia, giving her a new name: Morgan. Morgan heads to Ireland, but she is not rewarded with freedom. Over the next several years, she is faced with many trials, including experiences in slavery, love, religion, and battle. Her early adventures form her into the sorceress and warrior we know as Morgan le Fay. It is not until the end of the story, however, that she sets off to meet young Arthur, so this is a story of what came before the popular legend.
This is a very straightforward telling of a unique girl’s experiences in history. It’s a quick, interesting read, although there is very little character development. It reads somewhere between a factual account of events and a girl’s coming-of-age story, but the only character I felt anything for was Morgan (and maybe her mother.) The rest of the characters seem one-dimensional, but the story is still very good, full of adventure and magic.
Do I recommend this book?
Definitely, especially for anyone interested in the legend.
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