What are the best YA books based on Arthurian mythology?

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    #1The 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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    Amy Henry
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Growing up an orphan in an isolated cottage in the woods, young Terence never expected much adventure. But upon the arrival of Gawain, his life takes a surprising turn. Gawain is destined to become one of the most famous knights of the Round Table. Terence becomes Gawain's squire and leaves his secluded life for one of adventure in King Arthur's court. In no time Terence is plunged into the exciting world of kings, wizards, knights, wars, magic spells, dwarfs, damsels in distress, and enchanters. As he adjusts to his new life, he proves to be not only an able squire but also a keen observer of the absurdities around him. His duties take him on a quest with Gawain and on a journey of his own, to solve the mystery of his parentage. Filled with rapier-sharp wit, jousting jocularity, and chuckleheaded knights, this is King Arthur's court as never before experienced."
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    #2Enemy 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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    Amit Patel
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "This is a must read for anyone interested in King Arthur. I really enjoyed this book and you will too."
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    #3The Sons of Thestian (The Harmatia Cycle)

    The Sons of Thestian (The Harmatia Cycle)

    The Sons of Thestian (The Harmatia Cycle) is a book written by M.E. Vaughan. The Sons of Thestian (The Harmatia Cycle) was published on March 13, 2015 by Zharmae Publishing Press.

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    Antonio Solano
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "While the Sons of Thestian might or might not be a good book on this topic, the solution gives me no description of the book or the story. It simply states when the book was published, which is literally the last thing I would be interested in when trying to find a book on mythology. "
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    #4Excalibur (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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    Amit Mittal
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "NO"
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    #5Avalon High

    Avalon High

    Avalon High is a mystery fiction novel written by Meg Cabot and it was first published in December 2005. This book has a TV series adaptation released in November 2010 by Disney Channel.

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    Juan Santos
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This was a mediocre read that has a different take on the Arthurian legend. Anyone familiar with Arthur and his knights will recognize some of the story line. I didn't expect it to be a retelling of the legend set in a high school but did expect more than was given. "
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    #6Queen 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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    Albert Silva
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "I recently read Queen of Camelot by Nancy McKenzie, an epic about Guinevere, Arthur’s wife and queen.I did like the development of her relationship with Mordred. He was almost as noble a character as Arthur, which is certainly unexpected. Her desperation and despair at not being able to conceive a child was well developed, and so her bittersweet, motherly love for Mordred fit in perfectly into her need for a child. "
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    #7The Winter King (The Warlord Chronicles)

    The Winter King (The Warlord Chronicles)

    The Winter King is a historical fantasy novel by Bernard Cornwell. First published in 1995, it is the first novel in the Warlord Chronicles series. Set in Britain during the Dark Ages, it tells the story of the legendary King Arthur.

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    Henry Sandoval
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "The Winter King (The Warlord Chronicles) has a great setting that fully engages you. I always been fascinated with the Dark Ages so it is no surprised i enjoyed this book here."
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    #8Nun's Telling (Morgan Le Fay)

    Nun's Telling (Morgan Le Fay)

    Nun's Telling is a historical fantasy novel written by Fay Sampson. Nun's Telling is the second book in the Morgan Le Fay Series and it was published on January 1, 2005 by Cosmos Books.

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    Charles Jensen
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "I was looking for young adult books based on Arthurian legend, so as to provide an introduction to my young niece, who loves fantasy novels, but minus some of the grimmer aspects that are present in many of the older works. A list I found online recommended 'Nun's Telling' by Fay Sampson. so I bought a copy and glanced through it, and I thought it strayed a bit far from the source, but it seemed suitable for a child, and my niece loved it, so it mostly did the job I wanted it to do."
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    #9Wise Woman's Telling (Morgan Le Fay)

    Wise Woman's Telling (Morgan Le Fay)

    Wise Woman's Telling a historical fantasy novel written by Fay Sampson. Wise Woman's Telling is the first book in the Morgan Le Fay Series and it was published on January 1, 2005 by Cosmos Books. 

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    Austin Perez
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "It's interesting to see a book from the legend of King Arthur which isn't part of the canon. I was also interested in the lead character being a female... I feel like this gave a powerful twist to the overall Merlyn / Arthur arc. I'm happy this is part of a series, because it means there's more for me to read!"
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    #10I, Morgain

    I, Morgain

    I, Morgain is a historical young adult novella written by Harry Robin. I, Morgain was published on April 1, 1995 by Branden Book. It was first published in February of the same year.

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    Eugene Washington
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "A great read. This is a must have for those into mythology. I love it!"
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    #11Herself (Morgan Le Fay)

    Herself (Morgan Le Fay)

    Herself is a historical fantasy novel written by Fay Sampson. Herself is the fifth book in the Morgan Le Fay Series and it was published on December 1, 2005 by Cosmos Books. 

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    Vivaan Dutta
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "My nephew wouldn't shut up about Arthurian mythology. I bought him a book called Herself (Morgan Le Fay) so he could keep that chatter to himself."
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    #12The 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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    #13Drustan the Wanderer

    Drustan the Wanderer

    Drustan the Wanderer is a historical fantasy novel written by Anna Taylor. Drustan the Wanderer was published on January 1, 1972 by Saturday Review Press. It is based on Arthurian mythology.

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    #14The Maid of the White Hands (Tristan and Isolde Novels)

    The Maid of the White Hands (Tristan and Isolde Novels)

    The Maid of the White Hands is a historical fantasy novel written by Rosalind Miles. The Maid of the White Hands was published on January 4, 2005 by Broadway Books. It is the second book in the Tristan and Isolde Novels.

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    Evelyn Hudson
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "I became interested in this book after seeing an old movie version of the Tristan and Isolde star-crossed lovers story. I had high expectations before opening the book. However, I found the book a disappointment. I wanted more character development. I did not find myself connecting with Tristan and found the whole story a bit outrageous."
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    #15The Ballad of Sir Dinadan (The Squire's Tales)

    The Ballad of Sir Dinadan (The Squire's Tales)
    The Ballad of Sir Dinadan is a historical fantasy novel written by Gerald Morris. The Ballad of Sir Dinadan was published on May 30, 2005 by HMH Books for Young Readers. It is the fifth book in The Squire's Tales Series.
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    Evelyn Chen
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "The Ballad of Sir Dinadan (The Squire's Tales) follows our main character on his adventures after being forced by his father into knight hood. The fifth book in the series this work is nothing special and nothing new compared to other books in the series. It seems like the same old tale told over and over before. Character and plot development are minimal and nothing seemed to keep me wanting to continue reading. "
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    #16Sunrise of Avalon (Twilight of Avalon Trilogy)

    Sunrise of Avalon (Twilight of Avalon Trilogy)

    Sunrise of Avalon is a historical fantasy novel written by Anna Elliott. Sunrise of Avalon was published on September 13, 2011 by Touchstone Books. It is the third book in the Twilight of Avalon Trilogy.

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    Raymond Larson
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "Their love has overcome endless obstacles. Never ones to shy away from danger, former High Queen Isolde and Trystan, a mercenary with a lonely and troubled past, have already endured a perilous journey to keep the underhanded Lord Marche from the throne of Britain. But now a new traitor lurks amongst the kings on Britain’s High Council—and just when they’ve realized the depth of their love for each other, a new danger calls Trystan from Isolde’s side to test the strength of their secret marriage vow. Only Isolde knows that she is carrying Trystan’s unborn child. As Britain’s armies prepare for a final battle in which they will either turn back the tide of the invaders or see their kingdom utterly destroyed, Isolde must undertake yet another daring mission—one that will bring her even nearer to a secret that Trystan has kept for seven long years. As the clouds of war gather, Trystan and Isolde must once again fight to protect Britain’s throne. Together, they hold the key that can defeat the Saxon king, Octa of Kent, and Lord Marche. But the cost of Britain’s sovereignty may be their own forbidden love. Based on the earliest written version of the Arthurian tales, Anna Elliott’s Sunrise of Avalon breathes new life into an age-old legend and brings the story of Trystan and Isolde to an unforgettable end."

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Best What are the best YA books based on Arthurian mythology
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Squire's TaleBooks 56 Paid
2Enemy of God (The Warlord Chronicles)Books 52 Paid
3The Sons of Thestian (The Harmatia Cycle)Books 51 Paid
4Excalibur (The Warlord Chronicles)Books 44 Paid
5Avalon HighBooks 13 Paid
6Queen of CamelotBooks 12 Paid
7The Winter King (The Warlord Chronicles)Books 9 Paid
8Nun's Telling (Morgan Le Fay)Books 9 Paid
9Wise Woman's Telling (Morgan Le Fay)Books 8 Paid
10I, MorgainBooks 4 Paid
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