Brave Medraut is a fitting heir to the throne—but he can never be king—in this fantasy retelling of the legend of Mordred from the author of Code Name Verity.
Medraut is the eldest son of High King Artos, and would-be heir to the British throne—if not for an unfortunate circumstance of birth. Instead, his weak and unskilled half-brother, Lleu, is chosen as successor. Medraut cannot bear the thought of being ruled by the boy who has taken what he believes is rightfully his.
Consumed by jealousy, he turns to Morgause, the high king’s treacherous sister, who exploits Medraut’s shame and plots to take over the throne. But when Medraut discovers Lleu’s inner strength and goodness, he finds his battle is not just with the kingdom, but with the demons inside himself. Now he must choose where his allegiances truly lie.
Perfect for readers of Robin McKinley and Jane Yolen, The Winter Prince is an “engrossing” novel that “fantasy lovers and devotees of Arthurian legends will enjoy,” from an author who has won honors ranging from the Carnegie Medal to the Edgar Award (Booklist).
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Elizabeth Wein including rare images from the author’s personal collection.
“Fantasy lovers and devotees of Arthurian legends will enjoy Wein’s challenging but engrossing novel . . .” —Booklist
“The writing is graceful and steeped in atmosphere, and the story line includes enough sibling rivalry and action to keep the reader going to the end.” —Publishers Weekly
“A mesmerizing, splendidly imagined debut.” —Kirkus Reviews
“The subtle relationships between the many fascinating characters give a new context to the familiar Arthurian tale.” —The Horn Book
“Wein has produced a fine first novel that should be added to every library’s collection of Arthurian tales.” —Voice of Youth Advocates
Elizabeth Wein (b. 1964) is an author of young adult novels and short stories. After growing up in New York City; England; Jamaica; and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, she attended Yale University and received her doctorate in folklore at the University of Pennsylvania. While in Philadelphia, Wein learned to ring church bells in the English style known as change ringing, and in 1991, she met her future husband, Tim, at a bell-ringers’ dinner-dance. She and Tim are also private pilots who have flown all over the world. She lives with Tim and their two children in Scotland.
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