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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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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 only one question, and perhaps I need to address it to Mr. Wright's muse: Here, for the first time outside a short story, Mr. Wright expounds and explores a merely dazzling array of ideas and sources. This, as opposed to his typical 2+ novels worth of ideas per chapter amidst a few dozen references to classical and world mythology and the fringes of science, with character names both evocative and really, really long. Well, Miss Muse, are you going soft? Not that I mind or anything...
Silver-haired Gilberic Parzival Moth is a kid as remarkable as his name, who gets thrown out of high school for busting up some kids and drugs situation. He perhaps used a little too much force, and perhaps got on the wrong side of the principal for reasons he doesn't understand. He and his mom move around at the drop of a hat, crossing the country, and he fears that she will make them move again. After a lifetime of having his mother answer his questions with evasions and riddles, he wants to know why they have to move all the time, why they seem to always be hiding from something, who his father is, indeed, who he is.
Things get a little spooky. Gil takes it for granted, as totally unremarkable, that he can talk to animals - when he says a little bird told him, he means a little bird told him. Ruff, the dog, is both completely dog and wiser than most people, always ready with enthusiastic advise or a dead squirrel as the situation calls for. One night as he heads home very late, Gil sees all the townspeople walking in a trance, and is warned away and rescued by someone he cannot see from inside a boarded up church he could not possibly have gotten into - yet there he is.
His beautiful silver-haired and ageless mother is ready to move again, but ends up merely throwing Gil out of the house - he can't go back to school, so he must find honest work. She will not let him sleep at home, and she does not want to discuss the doorway that appears wherever they live - on the proper nights when the moon is full - leading somewhere decidedly else.
So Gil and Ruff set out to get Gil a job - and thus the adventures begin. Talking animals, mermaids, knights, elves, and a fight for his life. That's about all I can say without spoilers, and you really don't want spoilers, you really want to go buy this book and read it. Really fun book!
The book is plodding throughout, with a great deal of time spent on the main character trying to get close to a mermaid (Why? Because she's cute? Because she's there?) and the zany antics that ensue. Gil also spends a good portion of the book walking all over the region Blowing Rock, NC. And there are detailed descriptions of various knights' heraldry. Lots of them. Hope you care. (Actually, these are well done, but would be more interesting if the story had better pacing.)
Gil's mother is indeed one-dimensional, an annoyance as she won't provide direct answers to the family's unusual abilities and experiences, yet expects Gil to be her lackey. Realistic for a woman? Perhaps, but not endearing at all, and made worse since it is framed as commendable b/c it is supposed to represent Christian teaching.
Worth noting, honor and Christian tradition are significant elements in this book.
Wright is very creative with background references and allusions, but once again these hints at interesting tales seem to be his substitute for actually writing an interesting tale. The book definitely picks up toward the end, and is much more enjoyable at that point, with Wright providing interesting villains for Gil to encounter. However, several events throughout are left unexplained, which leads to this point: This book ends in a cliff-hanger reminiscent of a Stan Lee comic, so expect you'll need to buy the rest of the trilogy.
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