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The Lioness and Her Knight [Hardcover]

Gerald Morris

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Sept. 26 2005 The Squire's Tales (Book 7)
Luneta is tired of living in dull Orkney with her mother and father (who happens to be the most boring knight of King Arthur’s Round Table). She prides herself on always getting what she wants, so when the opportunity presents itself, she jumps at the chance to stay at a family friend’s castle near Camelot. Her handsome cousin, Sir Ywain —a young knight seeking adventure—arrives just in time to escort her to King Arthur’s court.

Along the way they pick up a knight-turned-fool named Rhience, whose wit and audacity set many a puffed-up personality in its place. Before arriving at Lady Laudine’s castle, the trio stops at Camelot, where they hear the story of the Storm Stone, a magical object deep in the forest that soon sweeps everyone into a web of love, betrayal, and more than a bit of magic.

Filled with broken promises, powerful enchantresses, unconventional sword fights, fierce and friendly lionesses, mysterious knights, and damsels in and out of distress, The Lioness and Her Knight proves itself as witty and adventuresome as the rest of Gerald Morris’s tales from King Arthur’s court.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (Sept. 26 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618507728
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618507726
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 3.1 x 21.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,139,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 6-9–Adventure, magic, love, and knights of the realm collide in this delightfully witty tale from the legend of King Arthur. Lady Luneta lives cooped up with her parents in a remote region of the kingdom and, like many teens, longs to get out and have some fun. When her parents agree to let her see a bit of the world, and to give them a break from mother-daughter turmoil, Luneta is thrilled. Soon she is on her way, accompanied by her cousin, the knight Ywain, to the castle of a family friend near Camelot. They meet Rhience, a former knight now pursuing the career of fool, and the three travel together, with Ywain imagining himself fighting gloriously in battle and Rhience spouting barbs and witticisms along the way. Once at Lady Laudine's castle, Ywain kills their hostess's husband in battle and immediately falls in love with the lady herself, Luneta becomes an enchantress under the direction of her great-aunt Morgan Le Fay, and Rhience proves to be a loyal companion and not such a fool after all. The characters are well developed and compelling and the dialogue is intelligent and sharp. While the plot goes on a bit long and occasionally veers off into several different directions, it's just too much fun not to find out what's around the next corner. With characters reminiscent of a Monty Python sketch and a knight with a Don Quixote complex, this romp through the land of King Arthur is a gem.–Kristen Oravec, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Strongsville, OH
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From Booklist

Gr. 6-9. Sixteen-year-old Luneta is thrilled when her parents send her to live with her mother's friend, the beautiful Laudine. Escorted by her cousin Ywain and Rhience, a handsome young man who has pledged to live as a fool for one year, she travels to Laudine's castle. The ensuing adventures involve everything from a broken vow and a magical stone to a traitorous steward and an unsuspected talent for enchantment. Despite the dangers and trials encountered along the way, readers will feel confident of a happy ending. The wryly sympathetic portrayal of Luneta and the traditional duality of the fool provide ample scope for Morris' dry wit, which gives this medieval adventure his unmistakable stamp. In the appended note, Morris cites as his inspiration "The Knight of the Lion," a poem by Chretien de Troyes, though he brings Luneta's story to the forefront and gives her a consort worthy of her mettle. Although the story has magical as well as heroic elements, this entry in the Squire's Tales series is memorable chiefly as a fine romance. Carolyn Phelan
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. Dec 31 2006
By M. A. Bechaz - Published on
This book is actually the sequel to 'The Savage Damsel and the Dwarf', my favourite book in 'The Squire's Tales' series. It follows the adventures of Gaheris and Lynet's daughter, Luneta, as she leaves home for the first time and sets out into the big wide world.

This book is in many ways very similar to its predecessor, most importantly in the quality and humourousness of its writing. Once again, this author proves his merit and reconfirms my view that he is one of the finest, most intelligent and most consistent authors around at the moment. He'll make you laugh, and while you're doing it, he'll also make you think. His insights are second to none. I cannot recommend this highly enough.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff, as usual March 24 2006
By N. Reed - Published on
The Lioness and Her Knight is a great addition to The Squire's Tales series. The reader is reunited with characters that we love to love from earlier novels, and we are introduced to new characters that are stubborn, skilled, funny, silly, shallow, magical, and strong. Our heroes, Luneta, Rhience, and Ywain have some great adventures, some romance, and of course, learn some things about others and themselves along the way. Gerald Morris has once again woven a classic Arthurian story into a fun, witty tale for today's young people and adults.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gerald Morris is a stinkin' genius!! Jan. 11 2006
By Thewierdo - Published on
This book was as good as the first ones. There wasn't as much casual killing.

Gerald Morris is humours,informative on Arthurian legend,and has a very good plot. I have enjoyed all of his books. These books most avid readers can finish in less then a day but sorry to have it end.

Adult or child will enjoy this book. It is a page turner.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really fun Nov. 8 2005
A Kid's Review - Published on
The overall plot is the romance between this woman and Ywain, but it gets more complicated. For one thing, Luneta is the main character, and she's going around all over the place. Characters are coming in and out, in and out. There are mini-stories, of how this evil man was killed and that evil man banished. It's one mixing pot of what could be two or three different stories.

The good thing is that the characters are likeable. Luneta is beautiful, smart, and plucky. Rhience is witty and amusing. There is a hermit whose entertaining and gives a whole new meaning to 'holy'. The romance is pretty well developed. The smart, funny dialogue really adds spice and flavour. Yep, the dialogue definitely makes the book more 'good' than 'bad'.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every one is "the best yet!" June 12 2008
By Inquiring Mind - Published on
These are marvelous books. The writing is witty and imaginative, but Morris doesn't neglect the wisdom in the tales, although he uses a light hand. I hope he publishes another one before I finish the most recent in the series!

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