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The Squire's Tale (The Squire's Tales) Hardcover – April 27, 1998
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Top Customer Reviews
Now that I've read this book, i deserve to be slapped. The Squire's Tale is now my favorite book. Every time I went to the library, I found myself searching for a sequel! And there you go! There is now three books written by this author, set in the authorian times.
It's about a fourteen year old boy named Terence. He "coincidentally" met the great Sir Gawain. Terence finds out later that he is destined to be the great knight's squire.
So the two set out to Camelot, where the whole adventure begins.
For anyone searching for a fun-filled(sorry, had to say it...I'm sorry...)book, full of knights,magic,comedy and adventure...HORRAY! you've found it! This is one of the BEST books I've ever read. Hope you like it too! ;)
Terence lives with a rather befuddled out hermit in the woods... until the day he encounters a young Irish knight named Gawan, whom the hermit says will soon have Terence as a squire (the hermit can see the future, but only dimly knows of the past). When arrogant Sir Hautubris arrives and threatens the three, Gawain fends him off with a stewpot - and soon ends up going to his uncle's castle, Camelot, with his new squire.
Shortly thereafter, at a banquet, a white hound and hart (deer) go bounding through, followed by the most hideous woman anyone there has ever seen. Somehow she manages to get Sir Tor, Sir Gawain and Terence to go a-hunting for the hound and hart. They meet knights and ladies, dwarves and enchanters -- most of whom are one bean short of a pound -- and eventually bump into the Seelie Court...
The book is based heavily on a traditional Arthurian story, "Sir Gawain and the Loathly Lady." But Gerald Morris avoids the excessively "realistic" approaches of most Arthurian fiction -- instead he goes back to the medieval Anglo setting of the old Malory retellings, and mixes them together with some faerie stuff and plenty of humor.
Morris has a light, smooth humorous style with plenty of hilarious moments (Gawain beating up Hautabris with the stewpot!), but also some eerie moments and a very odd romance.Read more ›
"The Squire's Tale" is a wonderful book based around Terence, a boy searching for his past, who comes to be Sir Gawain's squire, and soon encounters more adventure than he ever thought he would! Sharp, witty dialogue and absolutley lovable charaters (Like Tor, Polgrun, Gawain, Robin, Lori, Ganscotter, Authur, Kai, and, of course, Terence himself!) made this book one of my favorites (Bested only by it's sequal, "The Squire, His Knight and His Lady).
After Gawain, a young man seeking to be Knighted by King Authur has a(rather humorous, stewpot) fight with Sir Hautubris, he recrutes a Squire out of young Terence (With the help of the Hermit of the Gentle Wood, Trevensent.)
The two set out to Camelot, on the way meeting young Tor, who also wants to be a knight. Gawain gets his wish of being knighted,(Poor Tor doesn't, yet!) but only after Terence tells of the fight with Sir Hautubris. ("I have an ill-mannered squire." Gawain replied. "Will you punish him for telling of this deed?" Gawain hesitated, then shook his head. "No, sire. How could I punish him for telling what I wish to be known?")
After a wonderful fight scene with the five kings, who were threatening Camelot and Aurthur, Gawain, Tor (He's knighted, yay!), Kai and Terrence are all rewarded by the king.
A few months later, King Authur is married to Guinevere. During the party, a hart and hound, both almost compeletly white, wreak havoc. Soon after them, a hag on a white mule appears. A brief quarrel causes the hag to have Gawain pursue the hart and Tor follow the hound. ("King Aurthur," The woman said, "Send Sir Gawain after the hart." She looked at him through the corner of her eye.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is seriously one of my favorite book series EVER. Gerald Morris is extremely clever in the retelling of these lovely tales. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Brenda
This book gives me the same joy it did when I first read it some ten years ago. The writing is clever and funny, the characters lovable, and the plot charming without being dull.Published 7 months ago by Lianna McDaniel
This is a great beginning to a wonderful series about King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jen W.
If you love retellings, this is one of my favorites. There's enough there to seem familiar and enough new material to give it a fresh point of view. Read morePublished 9 months ago by L
I picked up this ebook to read aloud to my 9 year old son at bedtime. It was a fortunate choice. We are now alternating The Squire's Tale series with the Knights Tale series... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Paul D. West
A wonderful book; taking me back to the more light-hearted fantasy stories of when I first got into fantasy fiction.Published 11 months ago by Daniel
This is a humorous parody of King Arthur tales, with lovable characters. The plot has lots of flaws and unanswered questions, but it's still a fun read. Read morePublished 11 months ago by W. Powell
Great engaging perspective on Arthurian legend. Fun and funny! Good YA choicePublished 14 months ago by Teagan