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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Laurel Leaf; Reprint edition (June 12 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440228859
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440228851
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 10.6 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,078,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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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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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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Format: Hardcover
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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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on April 3 2000
Format: Hardcover
I picked this up on my second pass through the library, because Arthurian legend is not really my niche. And boy am I glad I did!
Shortly after the arrival of pretty-boy womanizer Lancelot, who immediately begins an affair with Queen Guinevere, an otherworldly knight called simply the "Green Knight" arrives to challenge one of Arthur's knights. Terence's master Gawain volunteers, and in a year must sacrifice his own life.
Along the way to pay Gawain's debt, he and Terence meet up with a bizarre bunch of people, both of this world and the Otherworld. They also pick up a young woman named Eileen, independent and sharp-tonged, before arriving at the Green Knight's abode to be taught a lesson.
Terence and Gawain are excellent characters, ironic and fresh and completely loyal to their king and country. King Arthur himself sheds the stuffiness of legend and resembles "Star Trek"'s Captain Kirk. Guinevere and Lancelot make you want to slap them, exactly as they're meant to. Eileen reminded me a great deal of Lloyd Alexander's Eilonwy, with her quick wit and mild disdain for any bumbling.
Some references are made to the previous book, which makes it slightly more confusing (first time around I wondered, "Who is Robin?") but not too much. With its mingled drama and comedy, this book is a treasure.
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By A Customer on March 28 2000
Format: Hardcover
I was searching the library selves one afternoon because I had nothing better to do. I was bored of reading the same magazines over and over and I longed for some adventure on the rainy days. I found this book on a shelf. I thought it looked boring and was about to put it back but something changed my mind. And boy was I wrong. Don't make my mistake, the old saying is true. DON'T JUDGE A BOOK BY IT'S COVER! (Did I make that clear enough?" I was so impressed by this book, I couldn't put it down. So I snuck into the living room and read all night! This was a big mistake because I couldn't keep my eyes open in school. Before I read these I didn't really care for King Arthur. Now I want to read every book about him and his knights of the Round Table. The book deals with typical problems in life, and then there are the unbelievable parts in the book. It takes you on a roller coaster ride of events, from the challenge of the Green knight to the elfin villiage to the ghost of Sir Gawain's long dead sister, and the battle to get past the test of the sea and the test of the gate. Then this book also takes a serious turn and deals with problems we see today. For example Guenivere (Arthur's wife) messes around with Sir Lancelot and Gawain faces the shame of something, I won't give away. And he must forever were the green girdle to remind him of his mistake. All in all this book rocks!
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