The Winter Prince

The Winter Prince - Elizabeth Wein I think fans of Megan Whalen Turner might love this one.It is an amazingly original Arthurian retelling, from the point of view of Medraut (Mordred), who is -- and struggles to be-- an awesome character, despite the way his circumstances, and particularly his mother, have twisted him.The conflicted relationship between Medraut and his half brother, Lleu, is fascinating. It struck me -- particularly when I was reading the ending -- that they are both rather like Megan Whalen Turner's Eugenides. Lleu is the bright, wild, indomitable spirit, and Medraut is the deliberate one, with hidden skills and flashes of unexpected emotion.That said, this is a much darker book that "The Thief," or even than "The Queen of Attolia."