What are the best Arthurian fiction?

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    #1Arthurian Romances (Penguin Classics)

    Arthurian Romances (Penguin Classics)
    Arthurian Romances is a book by Chretien de Troyes containing romantic tales surrounding King Arthur's knights - Erec, Cliges, Yvain, and of course, the Knight of the Cart, Lancelot. It is translated by William Comfort.
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    Randy Ramirez
    Written on March 9, 2018
    "is arthurian but not the best by any means"
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    #2The Squire's Tale

    The Squire's Tale

    The Squire's Tale is a Gerald Morris book about the orphan Terence, who met King Arthur's nephew Gawain and was quickly appointed as his squire, leading him to a life filled with magical adventures.

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    Wayne Cook
    Written on March 7, 2018
    "A perfect example of Arthurian fiction is The Spire's Tale. Gerald Morris is the author, and the book is about an orphan boy who meet's King Arthur's nephew. He falls in with the crew and has all kinds of awesome adventures. "
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    #3Excalibur (The Warlord Chronicles)

    Excalibur (The Warlord Chronicles)

    Excalibur, the last book in Bernard Cornwell's The Warlord Chronicles, is about King Arthur's battle against the Saxons and his fight to save his broken marriage with Genievere. 

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    Victoria Cordero
    Written on March 9, 2018
    "Excalibur (The Warlord Chronicles) is one of the best Arthurian fictions that I have ever read. It's an enchanting and exciting tale that really brings the characters to life. I can't wait to reread it already."
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    #4The Mabinogion

    The Mabinogion

    The Mabinogion is a collection of medieval folklore translated and compiled by Jeffrey Gantz. It includes tales from King Arthur's court, a story of a young man enduring several tasks to get wedded to a giant's daughter, and a story of a knight proving his valor.

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    Beverly Contreras
    Written on February 27, 2018
    "This is a great solution because it is related to the topic and has good reviews."
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    #5Queen of Camelot

    Queen of Camelot
    Queen of Camelot is a book by Nancy McKenzie depicting Guinevere, King Arthur, and Mordred, Arthur's son by the witch Morgause and potentially the man prophesied to bring down Guinevere and Arthur.
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    Christine Alvarado
    Written on March 3, 2018
    "This looks like a good book. I love King Arthur stuff and this one looks great. Very interesting and high quality!"
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    #6The Merlin Trilogy

    The Merlin Trilogy

    The Merlin Trilogy is Mary Stewart's book containing three stories about the life of Merlin, from his dangerous childhood, to his meeting with a young Arthur, and finally, to his battle to keep Camelot safe from a witch's grasp.

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    Stephanie Jacobs
    Written on March 9, 2018
    "This is a great price and the shipping is fast. One of the best books that I have read in a awhile. I can't wait to read the other two!"
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    #7The Lost Years of Merlin

    The Lost Years of Merlin

    The Lost Years of Merlin is T. A. Barron's novel about Merlin and the time the wizard lost his memories. Merlin remembers he had magical powers and tried to regain his memories by going on an adventure in Fincayra.

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    Andrew Carpenter
    Written on February 28, 2018
    "If Arthurian ficiton is your thing then The Lost Years of Merlin is definitely a book for you. There is lots of action an intrigue, in this hard to put down book. Strange powers for Merlin will keep you thinking and attentive."
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    #8The Once and Future King

    The Once and Future King

    The Once and Future King is a book by T.H. White, most of which takes place in "Gramarye", the name White gives to Britain, that tells the story of King Arthur's reign - his journey and his battles with his kingdom. 

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    Kimberly Stevens
    Written on March 24, 2018
    "I've recently taken an interest in the tale of King Arthur and looking for some interesting books related to his reign. I think this one could be a great read. It sounds exciting and is well rated by a large number of readers. I will definitely be getting a copy to read."
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    #9Enemy of God (The Warlord Chronicles)

    Enemy of God (The Warlord Chronicles)

    Enemy of God is novel by the renowned author of historical fiction books, Bernard Cornwell. First published in 1996, it is the second book in the Warlord Chronicles. In it, Cornwell continues his retelling of the Arthurian legend.

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    Judith Hart
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "This is the second book in a series and while the first one sets up the characters. This one actually lets them spread their wings and start the adventure."
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    #10The Crystal Cave

    The Crystal Cave

    The Crystal Cave is a fantasy novel written by Mary Stewart. It was first published in 1970 and is first of 5 novels focusing on the Arthurian legend. The story centers on Myrddin Emrys, also known as Merlin, and his journey to find a home.

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    Madison Webb
    Written on April 22, 2018
    " This was a gift to my neice... I've read this series multiple times and will re-read over and over again. I have editions when first printed. An excellent Author!Mary Stewart gives the epic story of Merlin and Arthur heart and soul. The characters she creates are flesh and blood with good, bad, heroic and human characteristics that make the story so believable and hard to put down. Thanks My dear Aunt."
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    #11Le Morte D'Arthur: King Arthur and the Legends of the Round Table (Signet Classics)

    Le Morte D'Arthur: King Arthur and the Legends of the Round Table (Signet Classics)

    Le Morte D'Arthur: King Arthur and the Legends of the Round Table (Signet Classics) is a book written by  Thomas Malory, Keith Baines, and Robert Graves.  The book was published on October 1, 2001 by Signet Classics.

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    Kathryn Murphy
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Way back in 2004, I was unable to review the then-new Norton Critical Edition of "Le Morte Darthur" (Winchester MS version -- see below) because I had already posted a review of the Penguin English Library/Penguin Classics edition (Caxton's text). In the end, I wound up discussing Shepherd's treatment in a review of the Oxford Standard Authors edition, edited by Eugene Vinaver under the idiosyncratic title of "Malory: Complete Works." Now that the NCE (Norton Critical Edition) has its own page, I've decided to slightly modify that combined review, and post it where I originally wanted it to go. This is mainly a review of two old-spelling complete editions of the work commonly known as "Le Morte D'Arthur" (Anglo-Norman French for "The Death of [King] Arthur"), both available in paperback. The language they are in can be called either very late Middle English, or very early Modern English; other, easier-to-read, editions will also be mentioned below"
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    #12The White Raven

    The White Raven

    The White Raven is a historical fantasy novel written by Diana L. Paxson and illustrated by Thomas Canty. The White Raven was published on September 1, 1989 by Avon Books.

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    Jesse Berry
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "The best Arthurian fiction include "The White Raven", which is a historical fantasy novel. With an average customer rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars based on 12 customer reviews on Amazon, I would strongly recommend this novel."
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    #13Dark Moon of Avalon (Twilight of Avalon Trilogy)

    Dark Moon of Avalon (Twilight of Avalon Trilogy)

    Dark Moon of Avalon  is a historical fantasy novel written by Anna Elliott. Dark Moon of Avalon was published on September 14, 2010 by Touchstone. It is the second book in the Twilight of Avalon Trilogy.

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    Rachel Carr
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "This book is a different book than the usual Arthurian fiction books, it takes place after his death so it added a unique twist I was not expecting. The book encapsulated me with romance and suspense and is still a great book in this genre. "
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    #14Isolde, Queen of the Western Isle (Tristan and Isolde Novels)

    Isolde, Queen of the Western Isle (Tristan and Isolde Novels)

    Isolde, Queen of the Western Isle is a historical fantasy novel written by Rosalind Miles. Isolde, Queen of the Western Isle was published on June 24, 2003 by Broadway Books. It is the first book in the Tristan and Isolde Novels.

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    Claire Shi
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "In the golden time of Arthur and Guenevere, the Island of the West shines like an emerald in the sea—one of the last strongholds of Goddess-worship and Mother-right. Isolde is the only daughter and heiress of Ireland’s great ruling queen, a lady as passionate in battle as she is in love. La Belle Isolde, like her mother, is famed for her beauty, but she is a healer instead of a warrior, “of all surgeons, the best among the isles.” A natural peacemaker, Isolde is struggling to save Ireland from a war waged by her dangerously reckless mother. The Queen is influenced by her lover, Sir Marhaus, who urges her to invade neighboring Cornwall and claim it for her own, a foolhardy move Isolde is determined to prevent. But she is unable to stop them. King Mark of Cornwall sends forth his own champion to do battle with the Irish—Sir Tristan of Lyonesse—a young, untested knight with a mysterious past. A member of the Round Table, Tristan has returned to the land of his birth after many years in exile, only to face Ireland’s fiercest champion in combat. When he lies victorious but near death on the field of battle, Tristan knows that his only hope of survival lies to the West. He must be taken to Ireland to be healed, but he must go in disguise—for if the Queen finds out who killed her beloved, he will follow Marhaus into the spirit world. His men smuggle him into the Queen’s fort at Dubh Lein, and beg the princess to save him."
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    #15Child of the Northern Spring

    Child of the Northern Spring

    Child of the Northern Spring is a historical fantasy novel written by Persia Woolley. Child of the Northern Spring was published on May 1, 1987 by Poseidon Press.

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    Rigoberto Padilla
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "I thought it was an interestingly down-to-earth story about the familiar medieval characters. Probably not for everyone but I thought it was a good read."
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    #16Twilight of Avalon

    Twilight of Avalon

    Twilight of Avalon is a historical fantasy novel written by Anna Elliott. Twilight of Avalon was published on May 5, 2009 by Touchstone. It is the first book in the Twilight of Avalon Trilogy.

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    Mildred Gordon
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "This looks like the perfect novel for someone who loves historical fantasy fiction. Even better, this is part of a whole series, so you can get hooked on not just one book, but the complete series!"

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Best What are the best Arthurian fiction
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Arthurian Romances (Penguin Classics)Books 35 Paid
2The Squire's TaleBooks 31 Paid
3Excalibur (The Warlord Chronicles)Books 30 Paid
4The MabinogionBooks 27 Paid
5Queen of CamelotBooks 26 Paid
6The Merlin TrilogyBooks 24 Paid
7The Lost Years of MerlinBooks 23 Paid
8The Once and Future KingBooks 20 Paid
9Enemy of God (The Warlord Chronicles)Books 19 Paid
10The Crystal CaveBooks 13 Paid
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