January 19, 2018
Book Review: "The Story of King Arthur and His Knights" by Howard Pyle
As of this writing, I have not read some of the other more "traditional" KING Arthur stories (Le Morte d'Arthur by Malory, the one by Roger Lancelyn Green, etc) however I quite enjoyed it.
It is a traditional Arthurian story (no Saxons, etc here) that is all "flowery" style (thou, hast, etc) that goes into the adventures of King Arthur (and how he became King), Merlin, and some of his Knights.
You can definitely tell that both Tolkien and Martin must have read (and enjoyed) this book, as there different types of echoes from it that 'ripple' into their writings; which you can pick up if you knew what Tolkien enjoyed, and read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings; for instance. The different lords, kings, knights etc definitely appealed to Marin, which you can detect if you've read some of his Ice and Fire books.
Going onto this edition - the book paired well with the ACTUAL book itself: I enjoyed that it was a hardcover of slightly different dimensions, great font, good paper quality, it even had a ribbon-marker, and the artwork both on the dustjacket and the illustrations that appear from time to time was quite nice as well. I hope to get a few more of the classics in this format; availability permitting.
Recommended if you are looking for another fantasy read.
(this edition is published by Sterling)