Because of a malfunction with my brain...actually I've just been working too much. Not book work so much as other work. It is picking up and I've been running around doing ten things at once, more or less.
That said, I had a post up today but forgot that I am joining in a blog party. (I didn't forget the party, I forgot the date.) Therefore, the post I had up is drafted till later, and I present to you....my friend Kendra! Who is releasing the third book in her Quest series, My Kingdom for a Quest.
(She has done a guest post.)
Required Elements of a Arthurian Retelling
The latest volume of my Bookania Quests is a retelling of Arthurian Legend. While working on it, I’ve naturally put in a lot of study into the legends themselves, including other retellings. In the process, I believe I’ve determined a list of necessary elements to include in such retellings. Please note that an Arthurian retelling doesn’t necessarily have to have every one of these. I’d say that you’d need a minimum of at least three, but preferably at least five.
1. Arthur himself. No-brainer here, after all, what we’re dealing with is Arthurian legend. You need your prince or king to be named Arthur. He should be, preferably, an orphan, and not know his true heritage, but the TV show Merlin seems to have pulled him off as acting crown prince quite well, and in My Kingdom for a Quest, while my own Arthur is very much an orphan, he does know that he’s the rightful king.
2. The Sword in the Stone (SitS) and Excalibur. You need one or the other, preferably both, but if you need to combine them, that’s fine too. The SitS is the sword which proves Arthur’s claim to the throne, and Excalibur is the sword that the Lady in the Lake gives him.
3. Merlin. The old wizard who gives young Arthur advice and helps him get settled into his role as king. Some legends state that he lives backwards, but I have no idea how that would work. About halfway through the legends Merlin does drop out (because the Lady of the Lake enchants him to a tree), so if you’re writing a retelling of the latter part of Arthur’s reign, you don’t have to include him.
4. The Round Table. Basically, a circular table has to make its appearance somewhere in your story. Don’t leave this one out, round table and Arthur go together like peanut butter and jelly.
5. The Knights Thereof. There’s quite a list of fellows, and I don’t know it off the top of my head. The most important are Lancelot and Gawain. Lancelot is the French knight who charms all of the ladies and is basically Arthur’s right-hand man. Gawain was Arthur’s nephew and the one who chopped off the head of the Green Knight.
6. Guinevere. Arthur’s wife and the source of about half of the troubles that led to the end of his kingdom because she got involved with Lancelot. I really don’t like this part of the legend, so if you want to leave out the love triangle, I’d be much obliged to you.
7. Mordred. Arthur’s illegitimate son (and nephew – he’s Gavin’s younger brother) and the source of the other half of his troubles. Lesson to be learned here is: Honor the seventh commandment and you’ll keep your kingdom.
Now there are other items that you can, and probably should, include, such as the Lady of the Lake herself, Morgan Le Fay, the Holy Grail, and Camelot, but these are the necessary ones, and seven’s a good number to stop at.
Back Cover Blurb:
(I love this cover!!!)
Arthur is the rightful king of Briton, but his Uncle Mordreth refuses to give up the regency. Arthur and Grandfather are now returning with allies to wrestle the kingdom from his uncle's grasp. But not all is as it seems among his allies, and everyone has secrets. New loves, old loves, lost loves, kingdoms conquered and kingdoms stolen. Who is the real "rightful heir" and will the nearly forgotten sword in the stone finally answer this question?
Kendra E. Ardnek loves fairy tales and twisting them in new and exciting ways. She's been practicing her skills on her dozen plus cousins and siblings for years, "Finish your story, Kendra", is frequently heard at family gatherings. Her sole life goal has always been to grow up and be an author of fantasy and children's tales that also glorify God and his Word. You can read more about her on her blog,knittedbygodsplan.blogspot.com.
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“Only twelve hours! Leo, there is no way to escape Briton Dungeons. No way!”
“That’s what they said in the dungeons of Fronce, too,” said Leo absentmindedly, taking a sip of his gruel. “Now be quiet while I think. And eat up. We’re going to need our strength!”
“Dungeons in Fronce!” Gavin squeaked.
“Yes, now those were dungeons! Now be quiet.”
Gavin fell silent and simply stared in the direction of his friend, the look on his face (had it been visible in that dark cell) a mixture of confusion, awe, and horror.
“You wouldn’t have happened to have fallen in love with any young lady who would be able to arrange for a soldier to play traitor and get us out of here, now would you?” Leo suddenly asked.
“Ah, well, I suppose that not every young lady can be so obliging. And now that I think about it, it’s as good a way into the dungeon as out. Now where was I … No, bribing the guards is out of the question. All we have is gruel to call our own, and I’m sure they have much better food in the soldier’s quarters.”
“We’ll never get out of here!” Gavin moaned.
“That’s what you think. That’s what everyone thinks,” said Leo. “But I tell you, there’s a way out of every sticky situation. You just have to be observant and look for it.” Leo frowned as he set his now-empty bowl to the side. “It’s too bad Mordreth doesn’t have any daughters for us to charm. Only that good-for-nothing Kew, and I really don’t see him helping. And Arthur’s gone, so that’s out of the question.”
“If Prince Arthur was here,” said Gavin, “we wouldn’t be in the dungeon.”
“Good point,” said Leo. “As I was saying, we could always try to steal a key and unlock the door, but that can be a very tricky business, and it’s very easy to get caught. And then where would we be? Probably talking about death sentences some more. Honestly, they don’t bother me, just all this talk about them. It’s enough to drive a man mad.”
(Quote you shall have to guess. Points if you know which scene it is from.)