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The complete box set of T. H. Whites epic fantasy novel of the Arthurian legend. The novel is made up of five parts: The Sword in the Stone, The Witch in the Wood, The Ill-Made Knight, The Candle in the Wind and The Book of Merlyn. Merlyn instructs the Wart (Arthur) and his brother Sir Kay in the ways of the world. One of them will need it the King has died leaving no heir, and a rightful one must be found by pulling a sword from an anvil resting on a stone. In the second and third parts of the novel, Arthur has become King and the kingdom is threatened from the north. In the final two books, the ageing king faces his greatest challenge, when his own son threatens to overthrow him. In The Book of Merlyn, Arthurs tutor Merlyn reappears, and teaches him that, even in the face of apparent ruin, there is hope.
Hardcover, 655 pages
Published on January 1, 1959 by Collins
ISBN-10: 0002216019
ISBN-13: 9780002216012
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  • MaggieTuesday, September 3, 2019 at 1:15 pm
    I read this book when I was in 9th grade, not as an assignment, but because I chose to. At first, it was difficult to adjust to the writing style, but after I got into the flow of it, I spent hours at a time completely immersed. I love novels that focus less on the plot and more on the characters and their motives for what they do, and this book definitely hit a sweet spot for me. Yes, it is easy to breeze past a paragraph and become completely lost, but if you take the time to process what’s going on, you will absolutely fall in love.
    • nicegirl1933
      nicegirl1933Sunday, August 4, 2019 at 7:00 pm22 stars
      i do not get the book at all so i rate it 2 star sorry
      • LucilleFriday, August 2, 2019 at 7:41 pm
        On behalf of most children, this book is a horrible thing to assign to be read by children who aren’t used to reading anything like it. I myself hate this book, do not understand the plot or detail a single bit, and am going to 100% end up having this being the first failed assignment I’ve had in 6 years.
        • justgramma
          Kathleen WeishaarThursday, September 18, 2014 at 6:16 pm55 stars
          I'm enjoying this book so much, I am sure my #1 grandson will love it. As the cover indicates, this book is considered "THE WORLD'S GREATEST FANTASY CLASSIC". Though I've read many books and stories about "King Arthur", often referred to as "the Arthurian Legends", I'd never read TOAFK until now -- so I never realized how much wonderful HUMOR is woven throughout the book, along with belief-defying magic, coming-of-age adventures and character-building insights. I give it two wrinkly thumbs up and challenge my #1 to READ THIS BOOK!