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Mythothon: Arthurian Recs

Find all the details about this round of the Mythothon readathon over in the Announcement and Prompts post.

Looking for books retelling, reimagining or inspired by Arthurian Legend? Here are some to get you started.

As with every round of this readathon, you do not need to read mythology books, simply ones that fit the challenge prompts. However, I know some of you enjoy the extra challenge of using theme specific books into your TBR so I’ve found a few that you might be interested in. I’ve not read all of the books below — there are so many options available to you! — so I can’t recommend which are most likely to suit you, but think of this as a starting place for your own research.

Please do add any suggestions you come up with in the comments to help build up the list.

In the previous Mythothon suggestions post (for Round 3: Celtic) I purposefully din’t include any Arthurian books. If you want to include other stories inspired by the folklore of the British Isles you can find that post here.

Where a series would fit, I’ve listed the first book.

Group Book: Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

After her mother dies in an accident, sixteen-year-old Bree Matthews wants nothing to do with her family memories or childhood home. A residential program for bright high schoolers at UNC–Chapel Hill seems like the perfect escape—until Bree witnesses a magical attack her very first night on campus.

A flying demon feeding on human energies.

A secret society of so called “Legendborn” students that hunt the creatures down.

And a mysterious teenage mage who calls himself a “Merlin” and who attempts—and fails—to wipe Bree’s memory of everything she saw.

The mage’s failure unlocks Bree’s own unique magic and a buried memory with a hidden connection: the night her mother died, another Merlin was at the hospital. Now that Bree knows there’s more to her mother’s death than what’s on the police report, she’ll do whatever it takes to find out the truth, even if that means infiltrating the Legendborn as one of their initiates.

She recruits Nick, a self-exiled Legendborn with his own grudge against the group, and their reluctant partnership pulls them deeper into the society’s secrets—and closer to each other. But when the Legendborn reveal themselves as the descendants of King Arthur’s knights and explain that a magical war is coming, Bree has to decide how far she’ll go for the truth and whether she should use her magic to take the society down—or join the fight.

‘Classic’ Arthurian Stories

The Lady of Shalott by Alfred Tennyson

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by Unknown

Le Morte d’Arthur: King Arthur and the Legends of the Round Table by Thomas Malory

Arthurian Romances by Chrétien de Troyes,

The History of the Kings of Britain by Geoffrey of Monmouth

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain

Idylls of the King by Alfred Tennyson

Modern Retellings and Reimaginings

The Crystal Cave (Arthurian Saga #1) by Mary Stewart

Taliesin (The Pendragon Cycle #1) by Stephen R. Lawhead

Once & Future (Once & Future #1) by Amy Rose Capetta & Cori McCarthy

Sword of the Rightful King by Jane Yolen 

The Sword in the Stone (The Once and Future King #1) by T.H. White

The Squire’s Tale (The Squire’s Tales #1) by Gerald Morris

Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend by Cheryl Carpinello

The Du Lac Chronicles (The Du Lac Chronicles #1) by Mary Anne Yarde

Enthroned (King Arthur and Her Knights #1) by K.M. Shea

Avalon High (Avalon High #1) by Meg Cabot

Cursed by Thomas Wheeler & Frank Miller 

I Am Morgan le Fay by Nancy Springer 

The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights by John Steinbeck

The Guinevere Deception (Camelot Rising #1) by Kiersten White

The Lost Years (Merlin #1) by T.A. Barron

The Child Queen: The Tale of Guinevere and King Arthur (Queen of Camelot #1) by Nancy McKenzie

By Force Alone by Lavie Tidhar

Seven Endless Forests by April Genevieve Tucholke

6 thoughts on “Mythothon: Arthurian Recs”

  1. While I would love to plan to read more Arthurian tales (beyond the group book) next month, I don’t think that will happen for me. I’m really trying to focus on my older backlist books. However, this is a great resource! I’ll have to save it for later.

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  2. The only ones I’ve read have been Camelot Rising (books 1-2) and Cursed. I’m enjoying the Guinevere books- I’m desperately hoping for a stunning finale, but I actually did not enjoy Cursed as much as I wanted to. Thanks for putting together this fun list! ❤️

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  3. Wonderful list! I’ve been hearing about Legendborn from friends and tik tok and can’t wait until I can finally get my hands on it. Avalon High brings back so many high school memories. I also really love some of the classic tales as well – The Fisher King and Tristan and Isolde are some of my recent favorites.

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