By Thomas Wheeler & Frank Miller
** Publication Date 1 October 2019 **
Many times has the story of Arthur, Lancelot and Merlin been told. Arthur is nearly always the receptor of the magical sword that makes him the one true king. This time around the sword belongs to a girl, Nimue.
Nimue is a member of the Sky Folk clan, an ancient Druid group of Fey. When her village is attacked by the Red Paladins and Father Carden, her mother tasks Nimue with bringing the sword to Merlin. Along the way Nimue befriends young Arthur. Even Lancelot makes his appearance. Nimue, as the keeper of the sword, feels bound to protect the ancient Fey clans even at the cost of her own life.
This retelling of the old tale gets the new twist with the sword belonging to a girl, a teenage girl with magical powers and a fearless heart. For today’s readers, it’s a nice change to have the protagonist of the story be female, and Arthur to be a supporting player, rather than the other way around. This is simply the first book in what should be a good series to come.
I enjoyed this story. It’s definitely filled with blood, gore and violence, but also has a lot of heart. Nimue has her flaws, but she’s a tough cookie up to the challenge of being a leader. Wheeler has done the classic tale a true service in focusing on Nimue and letting her have a turn at being the one true “king.” Merlin shows cracks and a little bit of humanity in this version, and Arthur is the less than perfect sword for hire. It’s a fun romp through medieval England.
3.5 stars on Goodreads