The Lioness and Her Knight Hardcover – Sep 26 2005
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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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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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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.
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.
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'.
Along the way they meet a myriad of characters, including the witty and charming fool Rhience. Rhience is a knight-turned-fool, who, after some disagreements, proves to be Luneta's most valuable companion. Rhience joins the adventure-hungry Ywain and the royalty-yearning Luneta on their travels. Along the way they have a short stop in Camelot, ruin the life of Lady Laudine, gain some super-natural powers, and defeat many villain. There's also a great twist at the end!
Morris' writing reminds me of Terry Pratchett's. He offers a great description of the world encompassing the characters without outright telling you everything, he also does it in such a way that you can interpret his descriptions yourself. Although at first I wasn't such a fan of Luneta, Ywain, and Rhience, all the characters change enough throughout the story that I began to love them. At first I perceived Luneta to be conceited and irritating, but eventually I found myself comparing her to the heroine of Terry Pratchett's "The Wee Free Men", a very clever and sensible character. I found Luneta's realization that she really did mirror her mother to be incredibly good for character dynamic and a great way to add another level to her developments. However, I could have done without her learning magic, even though this was her connection to her mother. I felt that it was tossed in there to make the novel more of a "fantasy" story, but it was unnecessary to toss that in there and it seemed to lesson the importance of Luneta's other traits.
As for Ywain and Rhience, I loved them. I loved Ywain's disappearance and having him come back after his struggles as a better man was brilliant. I do wish Rhience had gotten a bit more humor in there as it was probably my favorite thing about the book.
Overall, I thought it started out as an average book but developed into a witty and good read. It's an easy enough read (with nice large font!), but offers a more dynamic and intellectually satisfying story than the average "easy-read." I was able to finish the 343 pages within a few hours and found it pleasant and worth reading!
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