King Arthur by Frank T. Thompson

misaothewitch's review against another edition

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adventurous medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No


I liked the book in the beginning but towards the end I just wanted to be done with it. Also it's as brutal as I expected and it's kinda thrilling but at the same time I found the characters very unlikable and the writing lacked a little (just my personal opinion tho). I liked the story that was told and the lenght of the book. What I hated for some reason is the way the horses were written, like I don't even know why but the way they were described annoyed me so much lmao

katmarhan's review against another edition

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A very different take on the Arthurian legend. A warrior Guinevere, no love triangle, no bastard child, and most of the Knights of the Round Table have died before the story begins. The writing style is very descriptive, even somewhat gory, but there is little emotion or passion behind it.

zoey_emma's review against another edition

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An excellent read which had me laughing at some points and sitting on the edge of my seat at others. It deviates from the movie a little but I'm Ok with that.
4 out of 5 stars!

kikiandarrowsfishshelf's review against another edition

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As books based on movies go, this one wasn't too bad. There is some more character development. The editing at the end of the book, however, is bad, for characters who are alive after the battle are dead and then suddenly alive again. It is a little confusing.

amalia1985's review against another edition

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We are taken in the Dark Ages as the last Roman legions are withdrawing Britain. There are many interesting tidbits not seen in the film, I especially enjoyed the extended role of Guinevere who takes central stage in Thompson's novelization as opposed to the film in which she is little more than a pretty (albeit, expressionless) face standing in the background, carrying a bow. Arthur and his knights are adequately developed, Cendric the Saxon is an imposing villain, but for me, the real hero in the film and in the novelization is Lancelot, the knight who sees further than anyone else and never stops questioning the purpose of a mission of madness.

A well-written novelization of the excellent 2004 film which departed from the popular story and tried to trace the historical figure of the man who became a legend.