The Bright Sword: A Novel of King Arthur

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6.5 X 9.49 X 2.03 inches | 2.15 pounds

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About the Author
Lev Grossman is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Magicians trilogy--The Magicians, The Magician King, and The Magician's Land--which has been published in thirty countries and adapted as a TV show that ran for five seasons on SYFY. He is also a screenwriter and the author of two children's books, The Golden Swift and The Silver Arrow, and his journalism has appeared in Time, Vanity Fair, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, among many other places. He lives with his wife and children in New York City.
Advance Praise for The Bright Sword

"For anyone who's ever craved a seat at the Round Table. Utterly enchanting."
--Rebecca Yarros, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Fourth Wing and Iron Flame

"If you love King Arthur as much as I do, you'll love Lev Grossman's The Bright Sword, a fresh and engrossing take on the Matter of Britain featuring a colorful cast of Round Table knights who don't often get as much story time as they deserve. The creator of The Magicians has woven another spell."
--George R. R. Martin, #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Game of Thrones

"A novel that is as much about the Matter of Britain as it is our own florid and layered imaginings of it. Breathlessly weaves themes of faith, duty, and selfhood with a classic sword-and-sorcery adventure--this is why we read fantasy."
--Ava Reid, #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Study in Drowning

"Here's the big one, the tentpole, the book I've been waiting for nearly a decade: Lev Grossman's Arthurian epic, clocking in at nearly 700 pages and absolutely worth lugging to the beach/the mountains/the park/wherever else you might be vacationing. I'm happy to report that this book is not only one of the best of the year, but it's one of the best Arthurian novels ever. Stand it up against The Once and Future King or The Mists of Avalon and I'd be willing to bet that it will come away the victor--it's that good."
--Drew Broussard, Lit Hub's "18 New Novels You Need to Read This Summer"

"[An] epic tale of survivors and magic."
--The Boston Globe

"Like the best of Grossman's work, [The Bright Sword] is funny and sweeping . . . the medieval-romance structure allows Bright Sword even more space to capitalize on Grossman's talent for digression, dawdling, and finding unexpected trapdoors inside stories."
--Kathryn VanArendonk, Vulture's "22 Books We Can't Wait to Read this Summer"

"A magical, enthralling tale that you won't be able to put down."
--Town & Country's "39 Must-Read Books of Summer 2024"

"The fantasy epic of the summer features an unexpectedly brilliant twist on one of the most famous stories of all time. The Bright Sword is a rousing, imaginative continuation of the King Arthur myth. . . . Magic and murder abound in this rollicking adventure, a thrilling addition to Arthurian lore."
--Minneapolis Star Tribune

"This is storytelling at its purest: glorious, propulsive, and dramatic. Drawing on every aspect of the Arthurian mythos (and more besides), Grossman presents us with fairies, gi­ants, gods, angels, spellcasters, and elemental forces. The magical battles and the sword fights are all imbued with a cinematic quality while still maintaining a sense of the real, of metal parting flesh, of death and bone-crunching violence. . . . In opening the Arthurian legend to other forms of representation, Grossman recasts the narrative as a story about change."
--Ian Mond, Locus

"Call it the millennial experience transposed onto Camelot; arriving in the big city full of hopes and dreams to find the economy is in freefall, all your heroes are dead or awful, and no one is coming to save you. Even with only one previous trilogy of adult fantasy under his belt, the premise is indelibly Lev Grossman."
--Joshua Rivera, Polygon

"Once I picked this novel up, I could not stop reading. The Bright Sword is compulsively readable and expertly told. Lev Grossman transports the reader with such assurance and finesse. Just pick it up and lose yourself inside these pages. You won't want to leave until the tale is done."
--Victor LaValle, national bestselling author of Lone Women

"A doorstopper of an Arthurian retelling from the author of The Magicians trilogy, The Bright Sword offers a fresh take on the story by considering what comes after King Arthur."

"Satisfyingly epic but also fast-paced, this novel captures everything that's grand and magnificent about the age of King Arthur while picking at its edges and delving into its darker depths. All fantasy and mythology fans will want to make time for this moving, entertaining epic. . . . This epic fantasy is sure to be a hit."
--Booklist (STARRED review)

"A breathtaking tale that honors past iterations while producing something entirely unexpected. . . . Grossman does a remarkable job of pulling together these disparate strands while providing enough combat and magic to keep the pages turning. Epic fantasy fans will hang on every word."
--Publishers Weekly (STARRED review)

"Highly recommended for readers who can't resist a story featuring brave knights, stalwart queens, and magic."
--Library Journal (STARRED review)

"The story of King Arthur has been told and substantially altered many times over the centuries, and explored by a multitude of contemporary novelists, but the author of the Magicians trilogy makes room for himself here. . . . Very few writers have explored post-Arthurian Britain or focused quite so much on developing the stories of the minor characters in the saga. . . . A fresh take."
--Kirkus Reviews (STARRED review)

Praise for Lev Grossman's Magicians Trilogy

"The Magicians is to Harry Potter as a shot of Irish whiskey is to a glass of weak tea. Hogwarts was never like this."
--George R. R. Martin

"The Magicians may just be the most subversive, gripping and enchanting fantasy novel I've read this century."
--Cory Doctorow

"Lev Grossman has conjured a rare creature: a trilogy that simply gets better and better as it goes along."
--Erin Morgenstern

"The best fantasy trilogy of the decade."
--Charles Stross

"Sad, hilarious, beautiful, and essential to anyone who cares about modern fantasy."
--Joe Hill