Sword of the Rightful King: A Novel of King Arthur

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2004 - Juvenile Fiction - 361 pages
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The newly crowned King Arthur is unsure of himself; worse, the people are unsure of him. Too many people want the throne, and treachery is everywhere. Merlin must do something before the king is betrayed, or murdered, or--worst of all--gets married. So Merlin magically places a sword into a slab of rock, lets it be known that whosoever removes the blade will rule all of England, and invites any man who would dare, to try to pull out the sword.
After a bit of showmanship, Arthur will draw the blade (with a little magical help, of course), and the people will rally around the young king.
Except someone else pulls the sword out first. . . .
 

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User Review  - N.T.Embe - LibraryThing

What a wonderful change of pace! To read a book that's a medieval fantasy again! Once upon a time these were the only books I ever read, and though not all of them make the cut in my memories, it's ... Read full review

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User Review  - Bonnie_Ferrante - LibraryThing

A slightly different interpretation of the story of the sword in the stone told mostly from the view of Merlin. King Arthur is a believable human character. The novel is filled with intrigue, magic, deception, loyalty, and courage. An enjoyable read. Read full review

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Contents

QUEENS ANGERMAGES DREAM
1
SUMMONS
2
BLOODLINES
7
QUEENS ENTRANCE
15
TRAVEL FROM ORKNEY
22
MESSAGE DELIVERED
36
CASTLE MAGE
46
DREAM
55
PRINCES DANGERKINGS HAND
189
THE MARVEL
190
SWORD IN THE STONE
196
COURTYARD
202
HELPING A MAGE
207
ROUND TABLE
217
DOVES
229
HAND TO THE SWORD
236

MAY QUEEN
65
TALKING TO TREES
72
MAGES DREAMKINGS HOPE
79
UNDER THE OAKS
80
VISITOR TO CADBURY
88
FLEDGLING
96
DUNGEON
106
HARD WORK
116
KINGS HOPEPRINCES DANGER
123
RIDING SOUTH
124
HARD HANDS
131
BROTHERS
138
PRINCES CHOLER
148
OFF ON THE HUNT
160
AFTERMATH
169
THE PRICE OF HONOR
176
KINGS HANDQUEENS MAGIC
245
MAY QUEENS ALL
246
AT THE GATE
252
QUEENKINGMAGE
258
THE GREAT DINNER
268
CURSES
276
CONFESSIONS
283
CHANGES
297
QUEENS MAGICKINGS SWORD
307
READING THE AIR
308
OUT TO THE STONE
316
TRYING THE SWORD
324
SWORD OF THE RIGHTFUL KING
334
WEDDINGS
344
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JANE YOLENhas written more than two hundred books for children and adults, including the three volumes in the Young Merlin Trilogy:Passager,Hobby, andMerlin. She has won several of the most prestigious awards in children's literature. Ms. Yolen lives in western Massachusetts and Scotland.

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