The Wolf and the Crown
Though he possesses the legendary sword Excalibur, the boy-king "Arthor" discovers that he must earn the respect of the warring lords of Britain before he can truly claim his place as their leader. The third volume in Attanasio's epic re-creation of the Arthurian cycle follows young Arthor through his first difficult year of kingship. This is a flamboyant, magical retelling of the saga of Camelot. More
This third book in A. A. Attanasio's fabulous telling of the King Arthor myths, The Wolf and the Crown follows the young king through the first year of his reign. He must prove to his subjects that he is a worthy king, and he must prove to himself that he is a good man even though he succumbed to his witchy half sister's seductions. This book's chapters are short, perfect two-page cliff hangers that whirl the reader between the various characters and situations. In some ways, this book is much more horrific than the ones that came before, but it is leavened with great humor. It focuses on Arthor's humanity and has the elements of the strange and magical we've come to expect from Mr. Attanasio. Gods old and new, ghosts, witches, demons, angels, vampires, dwarves, a monkey, elves, stolen and misplaced souls, the hell that is our present day, the fabulous World Tree, Yggdrasil, that is the magnetic field surrounding the Earth, the hollow hills above the dragon at the heart of the planet, heroic adventure, and selfless sacrifice, it is all there weaving a tapestry of magic and realism. Attanasio is not bound by any of the old versions of this myth; he takes the characters and elements and makes them uniquely believable, uniquely his own. As in many of Attanasio's books, such as his fantastic first novel Radix and the rare The Moon's Wife, the heroes are flawed by their own humanity and must take on painful journeys of self-discovery and change. Do not miss this book! Drawing liberally from both Norse and Celtic mythologies, Attanasio adds his own cosmic embellishments to a story that spans not only the island of Britain but the lands of faerie, the Otherworld, and the spaces between the stars as well.