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Binding: Mass Market Paperback
EAN: 9780698119741
ISBN: 0698119746
Label: Puffin
Manufacturer: Puffin
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 240
Publication Date: 2002-09-16
Publisher: Puffin
Reading Level: Young Adult
Studio: Puffin

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Editorial Reviews:

Morgan is a willful, mischievous girl with mismatched eyes of emerald and violet. A girl of magic, whose childhood ends when King Uther Pendragon murders her father and steals away her mother. Then Pendragon dies and, in a warring country with no one to claim the throne, there are many who want Morgan dead. But Morgan has power, and magic. She is able to change the course of history, to become other, to determine her own fate-and, thus the fate of Britain. She will become Morgan le Fay.

"Springer wields language like a sword, and both blood and flowers spring to these pages in vivid hues." (Booklist, starred review)

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Summary: Captivating
Comment: I was sure that I wouldn't like this story at all after reading The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley, but this tale by Nancy Springer is indeed captivating and does a good job in drawing the reader in.

This book is geared to the young audiences of twelve and above but adults would enjoy this telling as well. The author writes with a light hand and fluidity that makes the reader completely forget their surroundings. This is only the second Arthurian story that I have read, also being from the viewpoint of the women, but I am not left wanting for more of the story to put all of the peices of the puzzle together. It is a complete tale.

The story starts out with Morgan as a child witnessing the horror and the trickery of her mother, and how her mother came to be with child from a man who was not her husband. We watch as Morgan comes into her powers and at first the use of them literally knocks her silly, but then she is summoned to Avalon to learn how to use them and to accept that she is the fate she that she fears. Others dwelling in Avalon try to teach her to embrace the dark side of herself before it overtakes her, but that is a lesson she does not learn or cannot learn. Events unravel and we see at each unfolding how she became to be the fearsome enemy of the King that she is known as to this day. She was delt many hardships and has tried to overcome them, but some shadows still stay with her and encourages her position as Arthur's rival.

If one never had sympathy nor empathy for Morgan le Fay, one will by the end of this story. It is beautiful. I am not aware if there is a sequel to this tale, but there definately should be. The story ends just short of seeing Morgan in her role as the dark side of Morgan le Fay. Instead this story focuses on her life and the reason behind her chosen role as King Arthur's arch enemy.

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Summary: Brilliant!
Comment: An enchanted retelling of the life of Morgan Le Fay. Nancy Springer did such a great job in writing this book. I felt all Morgan was feeling and you can no longer view her as a villian after reading this book. Her [the author] view on Avalon was refreshing and original as well. Overall, a bloody fantastic read!

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Summary: Medival Morgan
Comment: In the medieval ages kings and queens ruled the land. Morgan was the daughter of the Duke of Cornwall and Igraine the beautiful. Morgan lived in a castle with her mother, sister, and her nurse. Her father was often at war. Morgan loves her family, but one day when she is sitting in a wheel shaped rock at the top of a hill all of a sudden she finds an extraordinary blue stone in her palm. She realizes that she had been digging into the ground. She hears a voice calling for her, a boy named Thomas. The boy claims that her mother needs to speak with her, but Morgan just wants to be left alone so se is uncooperative. Soon Morgan finds out that her father has died and her mother is to marry Uther Penndragon a rich but evil king. Her mother is devastated and as of now Morgan is in line for the throne, but many cruel and greedy people are out to steal the throne from her. So her, her sister, and her nurse who is not who Morgan thought she was move into the nurse's home. After meeting a few times Morgan has grown to enjoy Thomas' company and he is in some trouble so he stays with them too until he has to go off and fight. Morgan and her sister are called to Uther Penndragon's court for the naming of their new half brother Aurther. Morgan despises Aurther not only because he stole the crown from her but for stealing her mother's love and attention. But several years later when Aurther is kidnapped and Igraine disappears Morgan is drawn to an unknown land and is sent on a quest. On the way Morgan has many surprises thrust upon her that are strange and unexpected, but still she is being summoned to the unknown. Once Morgan gets there she is reunited with someone she hasn't seen in years. I strongly recommend this story because of its unexpected plot and because it is one of the most intriguing books I have ever read and putting it down is nearly impossible once you have started reading it.

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Summary: Spellbounding
Comment: Seriously, I have no idea where to begin. I've read this book about four times now, and each time, I ended up getting so caught up in the book, that I felt I was the character. I felt Morgan's love for Thomas and Ongwynn. I felt her hatred for her half brother, Arthur. I felt all of her confusion, sadness, happiness, and wonder.

It's a very well written book. If you don't love fantasy and the legends of Camelot, this may not be your book. But if you absolutly love Camelot and fantasy, this is an amazing read.

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Summary: I Have a New Role Model
Comment: Ok, so the things Morgan was able to do were a little inhuman, but she was still a really awesome woman. She reminds me of myself, very independent. The story of Morgan le Fay is a dark tale about a girl who becomes fate herself. After her father, the king, is killed, her mother is the most sought after woman in the country. The country is driven into war over the throne and many wish to get Morgan out of the way. With a powerful druid stone she is able to perform magic. She falls in love with Sir Thomas only to see him die a terrible death. Morgan goes through some excruciatingly painful times in this book. The road she must travel in live is very rocky indeed. Perhaps the tragedy of this tale is what attracts me to it. It does not have a happy ending at all, but sometimes that is how life goes. It is extremely well written by author Nancy Springer. I Am Morgan le Fay actually won the Edgar Allen Poe Award. I have to say that this is one of my favorite, if not me FAVORITE book of all time. I am almost addicted to it. I plan on reading it again as soon as I get a chance. I recommend this book to a teen, females audience simply because the main character is female and young. But I wouldn't limit it to females, I think there are some males out there who would enjoy it to. If you're looking for a good read, this is your book.

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