Sword of the Rightful King: A Novel of King Arthur

Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 4 - 8Grades 5 - 10n/a5.168004
The newly crowned King Arthur is unsure of himself; worse, the people are unsure of him. Too many people want the throne, and treachery is everywhere. Merlin must do something before the king is betrayed, or murdered, or--worst of all--gets married. So Merlin magically places a sword into a slab of rock, lets it be known that whosoever removes the blade will rule all of England, and invites any man who would dare, to try to pull out the sword.
After a bit of showmanship, Arthur will draw the blade (with a little magical help, of course), and the people will rally around the young king.
Except someone else pulls the sword out first. . . .
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published on May 1, 2003 by Harcourt Children's Books
ISBN-10: 0152025278
ISBN-13: 9780152025274
2 Book Reviews
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  • will.i.am herbTuesday, October 18, 2016 at 7:53 am
    I have not read the book but it looks amazing how could you go rong this the covers illastaion?????
    • happypug12
      happypug12Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 5:58 pm44 starsFeatured
      Sword of the Rightful King was a well-woven, SPELL-binding, Arthurian tale; from the first chapter to the last, especially the first chapter, which immediately captures your interest. The whole book overall has a good rhythm and doesn't slow down midway through the book; instead it speeds up. The finishing chapters make you question everything you just read and then you think "how could I have missed THAT?" Full of plot twists and mystery. I love how it switches perspectives, and even though you think you know a character, you really only know as much as the other characters, which gives you the sense that you are IN the story and it is unfolding all around you. Ms. Yolen also pays great attention to the smallest details of the storyline, which I makes me enjoy the story all the more. I can smell the blood on the ground, hear the baying of the dying brachet, and feel the sword in my hand. The only thing I regret about reading this is that I am now hooked and there is no sequel. I suggest to ages 11 and up, as there is some mild language, but in all, it was "an old story but a good one."