I Am Morgan Lefay: A Tale from Camelot
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From Publishers Weekly
HThe equally suspenseful follow-up to Springer's I Am Mordred again reinterprets Arthurian legend through the eyes of an archetypal villain, this time sorceress Morgan le Fay. In stylish prose, Morgan narrates her transformation from a willful, neglected child to a complex young womanAwho ends up embracing the ugly destiny she has always resisted: "I was the one who would bring down King Arthur.... Damn my fate and damn my future." As a six-year-old child she witnesses an act that she would only later come to understand: King Uther Pendragon, driven by lust for Morgan's mother, murders the Duke of Cornwall (Morgan's father) and, aided by Merlin's magic, disguises himself as the Duke in order to enter his widow's bedchambersAthe future King Arthur would be their yield. Thus, Morgan's filial jealousyAand her fate as one of the "fey" or fairy realm (her mismatched eyes are a tip-off)Alead to her dark deeds. Though she is not always likable, Morgan's power is seductive, and readers will at times summon sympathy for her and her plight. Springer parcels out plenty of magic and adventure to keep fantasy readers hooked. Some parts of the story may be challenging to those unfamiliar with Camelot, but for fans of The Sword in the Stone and other Round Table retellings, Morgan's side of the story will prove engrossing and thought-provoking. Ages 12-up. (Mar.)
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From School Library Journal
Gr 7-10-As a girl of seven, Morgan has reason to resent her younger half-brother. Arthur's father, Uther Pendragon, killed her father and carried off her mother, Igraine the Beautiful. Furthermore, Igraine acts as though Arthur is her favorite child. As she grows into a teenager, Morgan accepts the fact that she is a fay, one of the immortal demigods of legendary Britain. She becomes a powerful sorceress but is undecided about her fate, until the death of her beloved and a final slight by her mother wound her soul beyond recovery. Her long-held resentment turns to hatred, and she realizes she is "the one who would bring down King Arthur." The strength of this story lies in its characterizations, especially of the fierce young Morgan, the mystical fays of Avalon, and the demented Igraine. However, it does not stand alone, since parts of Morgan's story that have been foreshadowed throughout the book are not played out in its final pages. Some of Morgan's tale is also told in I Am Mordred (Philomel, 1998), and her story will seem more complete to readers who enjoy the two books together.-Beth Wright, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, VT
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Morgan's father died the night she saw a strange man going off with her mother Igraine. That man, the king, soon took Igraine to be his queen, and her little daughters went to live with the nurse Ongwynn. During that time, Morgan falls in love with Ongwynn's doomed son Thomas, and learns of her own blossoming magical powers.
But things take a nasty turn when she is a teenager. Armed with a druid stone and the aid of gods and fay, she goes on a quest to find her traumatized mother in Avalon. But losses and rejection will spur her on to a destiny that she was desperate to avoid...
Like its sequel, "Morgan" is ultimately a psychological work. Springer avoids "it wasn't his/her fault" traps, instead focusing on explaining rather than excusing. The romance is bittersweet and well-written, which makes the violence and darker undercurrents even more disturbing. And though Morgan's glimpses of the future, we also see a few facets of what we also saw in "I Am Mordred" -- Morgan as she would be about twenty or thirty years in the future, and what she would do to her family.
The main difficulty with the book is that in places it feels a little distended, as if the plot is being scraped a bit too thin. The writing is lush and detailed, with different atmosphere for different settings: Dreamy for Avalon, woodsy and homelike for Ongwynn's cottage, and dangerous for any of the roads.
Morgan is a genuinely compelling anti-heroine, who will have readers wishing that her path were anything else.Read more ›
Having been a sneaky, secretly disobedient little girl once, I thought I knew how it might have been for her.
By: Nancy Springer
Ms. Olivet Eng. per.2
I am Morgan le Fay is a spellbinding tale of the enchanted place, Avalon, from long ago. It has an incredibly facinating plot, with impecable details. Together these two characteristics create a captivating novel that reaches into the mind of the reader.
Nancy Springer's use of imagery brings the reader into the mystical Arthurian world of the sorceress, herself, Morgan le Fay. The castles, forests, events, and never-ending emotions are portrayed so well in the story that the reader can clearly picture them in his/her mind. The author also brings you, the reader, into the mind of the spoiled, stubborn Morgan, as she grows both older and wiser. As you read through the book, you feel everything that Morgan feels, and begin to think the way
she does, often forgetting about reality and falling into the words of the novel.
As Morgan grows by learning and gaining powers from the milprieve stone, she begins to understand more about herself, and how her past has formed the person she is now.
Overall, I felt the novel, I am Morgan le Fay, was a fantastic book filled with dazzling events, people, and places that tease the mind for more reading. I would most definitely recommend this book to readers with creative minds, good imaginations, and those who enjoy fantasy.
Most recent customer reviews
I am Morgan le fay has to be one of the best books I have ever read.It's about this girl in the middle ages,who gets in truble a lot. Read morePublished on May 17 2004 by Ashley Harris
This book was one of the best books I have read in a while. It makes me want to learn more about her. Read morePublished on May 13 2004
This has to be the best book I have EVER read in my entire life. It not only contains magic, suspense, betrayle, and hatered, but it also containes passion,undieing love,and... Read morePublished on May 30 2003
This book is about Morgan Le Fay and her magical life. This book has it all, romance, good, evil, but best of all; magic, enchantment, mistory, and wonder. Read morePublished on April 20 2003 by horse girl
Interestingly, Arthur exists s a miner character I am Morgan le Fay an Arthurian legend written by Nancy Springer. Read more
I read this book this past winter and I was just amazed by it. Everything about it made you feel like you were part of it and you could just watch everything while it was... Read morePublished on July 31 2002 by Rachael
I did enjoy reading this book, as I am an avid Arthurian fan. I found that it could have been thrice as long, as the book concludes before Morgan even meets Arthur again. Read morePublished on July 29 2002 by Mike
I think this was the best book I have ever read. It was romantic,exciting,tragic and magical. I could never put it down! I just had to keep on reading. Read morePublished on July 1 2002
This is one of the best books I've ever read. I first found out about it through a friend of mine, who e-mailed me and told me to read this book. Read morePublished on June 24 2002
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