I read this when I was in boarding school. It was one of only 2 books I read that year, and that was awhile ago, when I was 16. I don't remember much but I do remember that I really liked it. I liked the magic, I liked the POV of the narrator (I'm reasonably certain he gets his hand chopped off, but I might have to re-read this one...). I liked the portrayals of Arthur as a child and of Merlin. I definitely recommend this one, especially to someone who is new to the fantasy genre.