I Am Mordred by Nancy Springer
Almost all the modern stories derived from Arthurian legends focus on King Arthur, Queen Guinevere, Sir Lancelot, Sir Gawain, and Merlin. Why does Mordred, the man who eventually brings down the whole shebang, get such short shrift? There’s plenty of source material, most notably Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Historia Regum Britanniae and Thomas Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur. Maybe it’s that Mordred isn’t very romantic. Or maybe we just don’t like reading about peop... Read More
Nancy Springer(1948- )
Nancy Springer has been nominated for two Mythopoeic Fantasy Awards, a World Fantasy Award, a Hugo, and a Nebula. Besides fantasy, she also writes mysteries. Learn more about Nancy Springer at her website.
Tales of Camelot — (1998-2001) Young adult. Publisher: Mordred, son of King Arthur, is fated to kill his father and King. To reduce the threat he is sent adrift at sea. The infant survives, and when of age travels to Camelot. But the King cannot recognize his son and so Mordred tries to change his fate. Despite noble intent, this ends in tragedy.
I Am Mordred by Nancy Springer
Rowan Hood — (2001-2005) Ages 9-12. Publisher: Rosemary has nowhere to go when her beloved mother dies. She has never met her father — the outlaw Robin Hood — and she’s grown up among the woodland creatures her mother loved. So she decides to change her name to Rowan, disguise herself as a boy, and undertake a perilous journey through Sherwood Forest, in search of Robin Hood. But how will she find him? And will he offer her a home?
Rowan Hood by Nancy Springer
Thirteen year old Rosemary returns home from gathering herbs to find her home burnt to the ground and her mother dead. Not willing to try her luck in a town or on an estate, she decides to disguise herself as a boy and travel to Sherwood Forest in order to find her father: Robin Hood. Rosemary has never met or even seen her father, who is already a famous hero in ballads across England. Unsure why he left her mother or even if he wants a daughter, Rosemary cuts her hair, dons boy's clothes and starts calling herself Rowan.
She makes several new friends on the journey to her father: a dog/wolf hybrid that can catch arrows in the air, a simple-minded giant with a gift for music, and a runaway princess who willingly chooses life in the wilderness over an arranged marriage. When she finally runs into Robin Hood, she decides to keep her paternity a secret as she assesses the man behind the legend and how he... Read More
Lionclaw by Nancy Springer
The Rowan Hood series consists of five books that pertain to the four members of a young outlaw gang. Each of the first four books centers on one of these characters, with the fifth book focusing on all five. These are brave, spunky Rowan, the daughter of the legendary Robin Hood; Lionel, an overgrown cowardly minstrel; Rook the wild boy; and Ettarde, a runaway princess. Also with them is Tykell, a wolf-dog hybrid that can catch arrows out of the air. Lionclaw, the second book in the series, tells Lionel's story.
The son of a very disappointed father, Lionel is as tall as a giant and with "feet the size of pony heads." However, despite his size, he has a timid, courtly disposition and would much rather spent his time playing his harp. His gifts as a musician have been known to draw the aelfe from the forests, but such a talent hardly impress... Read More
Fair Peril by Nancy Springer
We don't have princes here. We don't even have Kennedys.
Both riotously funny and sweetly touching, Nancy Springer's Fair Peril is a fun and wonderful fantasy novel. It's set in modern times, in a sort of "Anytown, USA" — where the shopping mall is a portal into Fairyland, and anything can happen.
It all begins when Buffy Murphy discovers a talking frog who claims to be a prince. Buffy is a divorced and overweight woman, down on her luck, who holds down a practical job in a fake food factory and is a storyteller on the side. Hoping a gimmick will make her storytelling more sought-after, she takes the frog home... and has no plans to kiss it and turn it back into a prince.
Enter her teenage daughter. When the frog prince and 16-year-old Emily run away together, Buffy has to find them and rescue Emily from the story she's been caught up in. Buffy ... Read More
Book of the Isle — (1979-1983) Young adult. Publisher: Welcome to Isle, a land of fantasy that existed long before there were such things. Surrounded by vast oceans and dotted with thick forests, Isle was a land in which all beings lived together. There were gods and ghosts dwelling with the Old Ones, the wise ancient ancestors. During this period, The Book of Suns began its life, though little was known about its contents. The mighty marriage between Sun and Moon begins an adventure never seen before.
Sea King — (1987-1988) Publisher: Dannoc: Red Hart tribe warrior, who had witnessed horror overwhelming enough to steal his memory — and his mind. Rad Korridun: king of the Seal Kindred tribe, who should have taken a crazed killer’s life — but gave him new life, instead. Tassida: tribeless wanderer, who had roamed the world of ruins beyond the mountains, and found no one — no one at all. Dark destiny and deadly secrets await them, on a quest from the shattered order of the six tribes to the nightmare mysteries of enchanted blades and vanishing wilds, spellbound shape-shifters and soul-engorged Devourers… for they seek an evil that uses mindless atrocity and nameless terror — to kill an entire world.