|Wicked Day, the (1983) [Novel]|
by Mary Stewart
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Series: Arthurian Saga, the
The Wicked Day tells the story of Mordred, Arthur's bastard son by incest with his half-sister Morgause, witch-queen of Lothian and Orkney. Morgause sent the child to the Orkney islands, to be reared there in secret. She planned that one day he would become, as Merlin had prophesied, the doom of her hated half-brother. How Mordred fought to deny that destiny, how he rose at length to a position of trust in his father's kingdom, becoming Arthur's regent and eventually his heir, is the substance of this story. From 'black treacherous villian' to the Arthurian legend he becomes fallible and, above all, human. The story of the hidden prince, the witch's curse, the wild doings of Orkney princes, the plots and counter-plots of the last of Arthur's reign, is a colourful and exciting one, moving to the climax of the final battle, where 'Arthur and Medraut' fell.
Original title: The Wicked Day
Genre: Fiction→ Fantasy→ Saga, Myth, and Legend→ Arthurian Legend