The legend of the king

Gerald Morris, 1963-

Book - 2010

Sir Dinadan and his friend Sir Palomides, Sir Gaheris, Sir Terence, and other knights of the Round Table and their associates try to stop Mordred and his White Horsemen from ending King Arthur's rule of Great Britain.

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Morris, Gerald, 1963- Squire's tales ; bk. 10.
Squire's tales.
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Published
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Books for Children 2010.
Language
English
Physical Description
295 p. ; 22 cm
ISBN
9780547144207
0547144202
Main Author
Gerald Morris, 1963- (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

In this final title in the Squire's Tale series, former squire Terence is still adjusting to knighthood when the White Horsemen, led by ruthless Mordred, threaten King Arthur. To protect Camelot, Terence and others embark on a dangerous, difficult quest to vanquish enemies, culminating in an epic, brutal battle between good and evil. Gracefully interweaving Arthurian legend, realistic and magical elements, humor, and heartbreak, the vivid prose brings events, settings, and new and returning characters to life. From ever-loyal Terence to kind enchantress Lynet, the characters' interspersed stories and relationships create depth and suspense in an engrossing conclusion to a notable series. Copyright 2010 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 5–8—Camelot is in ruins, nearly all the famous Knights of the Roundtable are dead, and Arthur is no longer on the throne. Or is Camelot just waiting to rise again? In this final title in the series, Morris once again makes the adventure, excitement, and magic of King Arthur and his court accessible to every reader. Arthur's illegitimate son, Mador, born to the great sorceress Morgause, has raised an army, the White Horsemen, and is massacring people across the countryside and blaming it on Arthur's knights. At the same time, Camelot is infiltrated by spies and the scandal of Lancelot's affair with the queen causes a division between Arthur and the great knight, though that is soon healed. And the door between the human and magical world closes. Through the mayhem, Arthur's England triumphs, but at the cost of nearly everyone who has appeared throughout this series. Yet the ending is hopeful and still possesses the magic of the legends. As with the earlier titles, Morris does not shy away from love or violence, but instead stays true to the feel and premise of the original tales while building on them. Reading the previous books is a necessity to understand all of the characters, although a list of them and the books in which they appeared is helpful. An excellent end to a worthwhile and well-written series that can be recommended to reluctant and skilled readers alike.—Clare A. Dombrowski, Amesbury Public Library, MA [Page 122]. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Sir Dinadan and his friend Sir Palomides, Sir Gaheris, Sir Terence, and other knights of the Round Table and their associates try to stop Mordred and his White Horsemen from ending King Arthur's rule of Great Britain.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

In a final installment in the series that includes Parsifal's Tale, Terence, Gawain and the rest of Arthur's court band together to try to defeat Morgause and Mordred while banishing dark magic from England.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

In this final installment of the Squire's Tale series, Terence and his fellow Knights of the Round Table must come together in a last stand to save Camelot. The characters Gerald Morris has brought to life throughout his series—“Terence and Gawain, Lynet and Gaheris, Luneta and Rhience, Dinadan and Palomides"—each have an important role to play in this climactic final conflict. Maintaining their faith, selflessness, and honor, Arthur's court bands together to try to defeat Morgause and Mordred and banish the dark magic from England forever.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

In this final installment of the Squire's Tale series, Terence and his fellow Knights of the Round Table must come together in a last stand to save Camelot. The characters Gerald Morris has brought to life throughout his series''terence and Gawain, Lynet and Gaheris, Luneta and Rhience, Dinadan and Palomides"'each have an important role to play in this climactic final conflict. Maintaining their faith, selflessness, and honor, Arthur's court bands together to try to defeat Morgause and Mordred and banish the dark magic from England forever.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

In this final installment of the Squire's Tale series, Terence and his fellow Knights of the Round Table must come together in a last stand to save Camelot. The characters Gerald Morris has brought to life throughout his series—“Terence and Gawain, Lynet and Gaheris, Luneta and Rhience, Dinadan and Palomides"—each have an important role to play in this climactic final conflict. Maintaining their faith, selflessness, and honor, Arthur's court bands together to try to defeat Morgause and Mordred and banish the dark magic from England forever.