The Coming of the King Book Summary and Study Guide

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The Coming of the King is a many-layered description of Celtic Britain around the time of Arthur. Using highly complex literary and poetic language, Tolstoy takes us into the 'otherworld' through the narration of his main character: Merlin, who has the ability to see past and present, and has dreams/experiences as a fish in the ocean, seeking wisdom and escaping the attentions of the powers of the underworld. Merlin's story is told around an impending war between the Celtic Britons and the Vikings/Saxons living in the south of Britain...
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Plot & Themes

FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   King Arthur Magical Beings/Mental/Magical/Powers    -   Yes Inner Struggle    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   coping with mental/magical powers War or Invasion    -   Yes Major kinds of combat:    -   hand to hand    -   sword fights Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Age:    -   long lived adults If magical mental powers:    -   can change shapes    -   can see into the future    -   healing Really unusual traits?    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin


Terrain    -   Water    -   Mountains    -   Forests Earth setting:    -   general past Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths How much dialogue?    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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