Philip Reeve is an excellent author whose stories are always written with a great deal of intelligence and charm. His retelling of the Arthurian myth, as seen through the eyes of the charismatic protagonist, Gwyna, is done with affection and shows a substantial knowledge of Arthur's story in it's earliest incarnations. The events that came to be legends are here more often the tricks and coincidences used by Myrddin (the bard) to create his fantastical tales of Arthur's exploits. His understanding of his people's need for a hero leads him to build the very human Arthur into one. This book's triumph is it's ability to tell the story of Arthur in realistic terms without spoiling the charm of the myth. I read it in under a day and thoroughly enjoyed it. Well worth buying if you like historical fiction, or fantasy with an historical twist.