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The Book of Merlyn
This is the fifth and final volume in The Once and Future King pantalogy (after The Sword in the Stone, The Witch in the Wood, The Ill-Made Knight and The Candle in the Wind). The day before the final confrontation with his son Mordred, Arthur follows Merlyn to the Combination Room, where lives his menagerie. There he listens to the magician and Archimedes, Badger, Urchin and so on, who are in a political debate on how the human way of considering lif...
The Candle in the Wind
This is the fourth book in The Once and Future King pentalogy (after The Sword in the Stone, The Witch in the Wood and The Ill-Made Knight, and before The Book of Merlyn). This volume tells the story of a Mordred on the onset of madness, of his attempts to overthrow his own father King Arthur out of thirst for power, and hatred for trying to drown him as a baby, by exposing Lancelot and Guenever's treason. As the story flows, Arthur slowly witnesse...
The Ill-Made Knight
This is the third book in The Once and Future King pentalogy (after The Sword in the Stone and The Witch in the Wood, also called The Queen of Air and Darkness, and before The Candle in the Wind and The Book of Merlyn). The Ill-Made Knight tells the story of the life of Sir Lancelot, an ugly young man, fervent admirer of King Arthur, who comes to Camelot to become a Knight of the Round Table. It won't be long until he and Arthur's Queen, Guenever, ...
The Once and Future King
This story follows the young King Arthur (known to his friends as "the wart") through numerous allegorical adventures most of which involve him being changed into various types of animals, before Arthur finally stumbles upon the sword in the stone and discovers his destiny as king of all England. "The Witch in the Wood", which explores the meaning of war and family, is mostly concerned with Arthur's exploits immeaditly after he becomes king, details t...

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The Sword in the Stone
The Sword in the Stone is the first part of The Once and Future King pentalogy (followed by The Witch in the Wood _later called The Queen of Air and Darkness_, The Ill-Made Knight, The Candle in the Wind and The Book of Merlyn). The Wart is a young orphan boy who lives in the castle of Sir Ector, his foster father. The son of the latter, Kay, is his best friend and model, for one day he will be Sir Kay, the master of the estate. One day, they decid...
Witch in the Wood
The Witch in the Wood, also called The Queen of Air and Darkness, is the second book in The Once and Future King pentalogy (following The Sword in the Stone, and followed by The Ill-Made Knight, The Candle in the Wind and The Book of Merlyn). Young Arthur is now King of England, but finds himself in times of great political unrest. Wondering, and not understanding, why people wage war on each other, he wants to create an order of chivalry where good d...


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