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