- File Size: 3130 KB
- Print Length: 155 pages
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- Publisher: Castalia House (August 26, 2016)
- Publication Date: August 26, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01L43JG88
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,465 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Swan Knight's Son: The Green Knight's Squire Book One (Moth & Cobweb 1) Kindle Edition
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It is a story of a young man who doesn't fit into society because he is morally upright for the decadence that infests modern society. The young man, who will being morally upright isn't the most introspective fellow or overtly gifted with prudence, follows his path to squirehood and my what a road it is.
1. Characterization- This is Mister Wright's strongest literary gift in my opinion, you feel that character you read about is a flesh and blood person who leaps from the page to act before you. Each character is true to themselves and their situation. Particularly both the mother, Bruno and Ruff are marvelously done.
2. Plot- Mister Wright gives life to this very well-worn genre with his usual fantastic intelligence and wit.
3. Prose- Mister Wright's sentences are a gift to read with the world coming alive before you with his words.
4. Tone- The tone of righteousness rings throughout the book with evil getting its just reward and goodness getting its. He also has enough whimsy, horror, violence and humor such that it always strikes the correct note throughout the book.
Weakness- (Note these weaknesses are compared with the greatness of the writing)
1. Lack of internal moral struggle- Gilberec is a morally upright person, besides the lack of complete prudence, therefore, he has no real internal struggle, or so it seems to me. To use Mister Wright analogy there is no worm at the end of the hook for Gilberec on the matter of sin, therefore, I think it weakens the verisimilitude of the tale. But, there is also the chance I just missed it.
2. Action- While the action scenes are good they fall short of the lofty standards that all the other parts of the tale. It is akin to a straight A student getting a B is one subject.
Overall- It is a wondrous book for all ages and it serves as a bright light is the morass of servility and modernism that surrounds us.
I have recently read the Chronicles of Narnia to my boys and am in the fourth book of Prydain. This series, Moth and Cobweb, could be the Narnia or Prydain of our generation. I will likely be reading this one to them once parts 2 and 3 (also Gil's adventure) come out. It is a coming of age tale in an age that needs them.
Swan Knight's Son speaks of a realm of wonder and deep meaning that lies just beyond our mortal eyes. A place where everything has significance if you know where to find it. It speaks of an honorable world--both more vivid and more cruel than our own. The shock of a fight between two enemies being fought with honor by both sides speaks to the detriment of our society. We always expect one side to cheat or otherwise be a little evil. Neither knight is one that humans would want to win! Yet, both act with honor—rearming him when an opponent is weaponless, halting to dismount when the first is knocked off. Not all the elven knights fight that way, but the ideal is still reached for by some.
The book is the first in a series and, naturally, sets up the universe. First up, there is a third hemisphere where the elvinkind dwell. Gil doesn't know about them (meaning that he serve as our audience surrogate and have things explained to him that we don't know without it coming off as an “as you know” scene). The third hemisphere overlaps with ours, or at least the elves are able to move from their hemisphere into ours without being seen by most people. Gil and his mother can see them, along with most animals, such as Gil's talking dog.
Gil is 16yo in our modern day and has chosen a father since he doesn't know who his real father is. He chose King Arthur and decided to make him proud. To do so, he pursues the knighthood. It's very difficult to find a knight to squire with in North Carolina, a fact his mother counts on. She does not want him to become a knight like his father (whose name she will not give to Gil).
Gil's mother has been trying to protect him from the elves his whole life. She has immortal blood of her own but of neither the light court of elves nor the dark court. She and Gil are of the Twilight realm of fairie, but both also have human blood. They are the clan of Moth—a Twilight clan that reaches for the light, unlike Clan Cobweb which reaches for the darkness. Gil can speak to animals, an ability that serves him in good stead when he takes a bear for his fighting teacher. He also has a mermaid for a cousin, but she only wears her tail on special occasions.
If you are a fan of John Wright's Everness or Unwithering Realm books, you will also like this one. There are a handful of sideways references to each but not enough where reading either is required to enjoy this one. For example, both Everness and Swan Knight speak of a mist that keeps elvinkind from human eyes (only the same mist if this book is part of the Everness which we don't know) and Gil used to live in the same Oregon town that Ilya from Somewhither lives in.
One of the things I particularly appreciate about this book is that, although it is a teen/young adult book, it does not insult the intelligence of the reader. I'm very much looking forward to diving in to the next volume.
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