The Bright SwordLev Grossman
fantasy > historical fantasy
The Bright Sword is a novel of King Arthur unlike any other, which starts where most stories about King Arthur end: with the fall of Camelot. The king is dead, the legendary heroes like Lancelot and Galahad are gone. The only surviving knights are minor figures from the margins of Arthurian mythology. Together with Merlin’s rebellious apprentice, and a brilliantly talented young knight, this band of leftovers must fight to reforge their broken land, in spite of being broken themselves.
Like The Once and Future King and The Mists of Avalon, The Bright Sword radically reimagines the Arthurian epic for a new era. This is a stranger and darker Arthur: a Camelot for the new millennium.
Leb Grossman is a senior writer and book critic for Time magazine and author of the international bestselling novel Codex. Grossman holds degrees in comparative literature from Harvard and Yale. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.