The Once and Future King, a fantasy novel, is a retelling of the legends of King Arthur. The book has four sections: three of them which primarily follow the story of Arthurís life, from his upbringing with his foster family and his lessons with the wizard Merlin up until right before the legendary kingís fateful battle with Mordred, and one which deals mainly with the romance between Lancelot and Guinevere. This classic adventure tale touches on themes of justice, war, and chivalry.

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