★★★★★ In Le Morte d’Arthur: The New Retelling, award-winning author Gerald Davis shares his translation of the classic tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, originally written by Sir Thomas Malory. Readers are greeted by the familiar fifteenth-century characters King Arthur, Merlin, and Sir Lancelot, and are transported to an enchanting age where power and honor are vital and sword fights are commonplace. A scandalous love triangle emerges when King Arthur’s wife, Queen Guinevere, has an affair with Sir Lancelot, and this major betrayal breaks far more than Arthur’s heart. The adultery starts a civil war, and the conflict and bloodshed eventually brings an end to King Arthur’s kingdom.
Davis’s skilled translation of Le Morte d’Arthur makes the beloved story of King Arthur and company even more grandiose and entertaining. By using a clear, modern voice to convey these ancient tales, Davis makes the Arthurian figures and their adventures rich and accessible like never before. Free of the elaborate, often puzzling language common of the time period in which Malory wrote, Davis’s translation allows for greater appreciation and understanding; readers are able to immerse themselves more deeply into the epic adventure as it unfolds around them. Most welcome in this retelling are the characters themselves, whose complicated emotions are conveyed completely by Davis’s bright prose. It’s important to note that while Davis modernizes the language of this classic story, his translation stays true to the original story of King Arthur, never straying too far away from the essential spirit and message of Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur.