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The Squire, His Knight, and His Lady [Mass Market Paperback]

Gerald Morris
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Book Description

June 12 2001
Sir Gawain and his squire Terence have set off on another adventure, only to be deterred by a surprise disaster. As a result, Gawain must meet with the invincible Green Knight in a contest that could easily be Gawain’s last.

But the road to impending death is never easy, and theirs is filled with danger and mishaps. Along the way Gawain and Terence cross paths with many odd men. Even odder creatures from the Other World will teach Terence about his past, and perhaps a little about his future. Gawain and Terence must rescue a not-too-typical damsel-in-distress, Lady Eileen, from the evil Marquis of Alva. In Lady Eileen, Terence may have met his match, in more than one way.

One thing is certain: when Gawain and Terence finally encounter the Green Knight, it will be the knight’s turn to be surprised.

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From Publishers Weekly

Of this sequel to A Squire's Tale, based on Arthurian legend, PW said, "For those who like their adventures fast and flip, this questing comedy is good sport." Ages 12-up. (June) n
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Young Terence, squire to Sir Gawain, can't deny that things at Camelot are changing--and not for the better. Handsome new knight Sir Lancelot has eclipsed Gawain's star and also has won the heart of Queen Guinevere, sending courtiers into a gossipy frenzy, and beloved King Arthur into a depression. When the mysterious, otherworldly Green Knight issues a daunting challenge, only Gawain accepts, proving his loyalty to Arthur, though embracing potential tragedy. But the quest proves a soul-searching, ultimately rewarding personal pilgrimage. A sequel of sorts to Morris' The Squire's Tale (1998), this delightful interpretation of "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" stands well on its own. The glory days of knights and quests are brought to life with humor, dimensional characters, exceptionally descriptive prose, and fresh, modern dialogue. Although Morris takes some liberties with the story line and characters--explained in a charming, informative endnote--his novel, with a skillful use of wit and drama, illustrates that heroes of life and literature are by no means diminished by human folly. Shelle Rosenfeld --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good Sept. 12 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is really funny. It only reminded me a little of Lloyd Alexander's Prydain Chronicles, though I have heard it called almost the same. The style of writing is extremely funny, and anyone looking for a similar style of writing should read P.C. Wrede's Enchanted Forest Chronicles and Sorcery & Cecelia.
The characters were well done, and I found the attitude towards Guinevere, French Knights and Lancelot very funny. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book for anyone... June 12 2003
"The Squire, His Knight and His Lady" is a wonderful, enchanting book that I personally love. Mr. Morris' writing just brings every character to life, and makes you fall in love with them. Smart, sharp dialogue, great characters, well-written adventure/action scenes, romance and deceit, and even a few poignant moments are all combined into this book. Who could ask for more than that in a book?
After a confrontation with the Green Knight, Gawain and Terence set out on an adventure that may resolve in Gawain's death. Along the way, they encounter an array of quirky characters, including the witty Lady Eileen. A wonderful, surprising ending leaves the reader in awe.
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3.0 out of 5 stars COPY CAT!!!!! Nov. 26 2002
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Sure, it's a good book but please, the whole plot is borrowed. The names, plot, personaliy, everything seems the same as Lloyd Alexander's books. I mean Taran and Terence, Eilonwy and Eileen. Eileen is sooooo much like Lloyd Alexander's Eilonwy. I love the parts at the castle with King Arther ect. but the rest of the story......
Maybe I'm just being picky but I really think that if Gerald Morris can't come up with his own names then he shouldn't be writing.
To anyone out there who likes Lloyd Alexander then don't read this book. It makes you feel cheated. If you haven't read his books then maybe you will like this book. I don't know.
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The Squire, His Knight, and His Lady is the stunning sequel to A Squire's Tale that continues with Terence and Gawain's adventures. Gerald Morris doesn't fail to keep you laughing at the characters follys and feeling their confusion in parts of their quests. A story set in the midevel times with a new point of view on Sir Gawain's famous quests. In this book Gawain has to full-fill promise to a a green knight. That seemingly simple quest turns into a test of Sir Gawain and Terence's virtues and loyaltys.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful Arthurian story! July 30 2002
By Sara S.
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What a delightful tale! The dialogue was great, the characters likeable, and the plot was excellent--an Arthurian story juiced up by Morris.
Squire Terence is not happy with the changes that have come over Camelot. Silly and superficial Queen Guinevere is in the midst of an affair with equally silly and superficial Lancelot. Noble King Arthur is depressed and has no idea what to do about it. Court life is boring and the wild gossip is at a crescendo. When the Otherworldly Green Knight comes to court with the proposal for a "game", Gawain (Terence's knight) is the only knight brave enough to accept and save Arthur's life. In a year's time he will meet up with the Green Knight and inevitably meet his doom. So Terence and Gawain set out on the quest to find the strange knight and meet an assortment of quirky characters, including Lady Eileen, who ends up traveling with them on their quest. Terence and Eileen actually don't get along well at all. They have many adventures, but the year is ending soon and they have no idea where the Green Chapel, home of the Green Knight, is. They come to a castle, which they find out is not far from the Green Chapel at all. Here Gawain plays a game, and finds out the meaning of honor. When he finally meets the Green Knight once more, he learns the meaning of shame. And when he has to pass two unexpected tests, he learns his own worthiness.
A wonderful read. I thoroughly enjoyed it. If you like drama, romance, or just a well-spun tale, I highly recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, equal sequal! June 28 2002
By A Customer
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I was looking in the library for a book and stumbled onto this one and it's sequals. I loved them all! If you like midevil or are into fearies or magic books, than these are books for you...
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Squire, His Knight, and His Lady in review May 31 2002
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I think this book is wonderful. I couldn't put it down. Gerald Morris' writing is amazing. He puts in a lot of humor and I really like that. I never laugh about funny stuff in books, but for this one I made an exception. I read both The Squire's Tale and The Squire, His Knight, and His Lady in two days, so it's a quick read but worth every minute of it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Squire, His Knight, & His Lady March 19 2002
The Squire, His Knight, & His Lady is a delightful book full of humor, action, and a little romance. The tale revolves around the knight Sir Gawain, King Arthur's nephew, and his squire Terance. Around Christmas time, Camelot's celebration was rudely interrupted by the Roman delegation. The ambassador's words and actions greatly angered King Arthur enough to declare war. The festivities were barely underway when there was a second interruption. This time it was the Green Knight from the Green Chapel. In the end, Sir Gawain takes Arthur's place in meeting the Green Knight's challenge. Little did he know that it would end up leading him into one of his greatest adventures, and a contest that can lead to his death.
The adventures of Gawain and Terance were many and kept this book interesting. My favorite adventures happened along the way to the Green Chapel where Terance and Gwain met and assortment of characters. The most interesting to me was the "Dreaded Huntsman of Anglesey," whose comic story gave new meaning to how rumors spread and is embellished. Eccentric Parsifal was another of my favorites because he showed great perseverance in wanting to be a knight. A delightful and strong woman was Lady Eileen, who Terance rescued from the villainous Marquis of Alva. Last, but not least, there was the unforgettable Sir Bercilak and his Lady wife, from whom Gawain learns a lesson in shame.
The lessons of loyalty, strength, bravery, and compassion are seen in nearly all books of similar genre, but to learn the hardest lessons of life like shame, sacrifice, humbleness, and forgiveness makes this book stand out from the other books I've read. It was very difficult to find fault with this book and the valuable lessons it teaches us.
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