Thursday, 17 November 2011

HISTORICAL FICTION REVIEW: The Death of King Arthur: The Immortal Legend - Peter Ackroyd

Release Date: 14/11/11


This is an immortal story of chivalry, treachery and death told anew for our times. The legend of King Arthur has retained its appeal and popularity through the ages: Mordred's treason, the knightly exploits of Tristan, Lancelot's fatally divided loyalties and his love for Guenevere, the quest for the Holy Grail. Now retold by Peter Ackroyd with his signature clarity, charm and relish for a good story, the result is not only one of the most readable accounts of the knights of the Round Table but also one of the most moving.


This is a cracking retelling of the Arthurian tales written by Thomas Mallory in his novel “Le Morte d’Arthur” by writer Peter Ackroyd who brings the original to the modern audience in a clear, concise and wonderfully adaptable viewing for the reader.

It has great prose, the pace gives the reader what they want and also brings a touch of our own past back to the future with the ease from which this version flows (unlike the Mallory which for me took its time to go anywhere and was a little too flowery.) Finally add to the mix a tale that has clearly been years in the making with great value for money and a chance to pass on the original stories to the next generation, makes this a story that was a real joy to read.

1 comment:

Pat Hollett said...

Probably one of my most favorite legends of all time. I love the days of Arthur, Lancelot, Guinevere, Galahad, etc. This looks like a great read, and thanks for sharing your review with us. I'll add another good book to my already lengthy list. I don't know how you find the time to read them all, and review them too! ;)