The Legend of the King (The Squire's Tales Series #10)

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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...

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Morris pulls off a spectacular conclusion to his humane and witty Squire's Tales series as destructive intriques both provide a backdrop for a fan-pleasing reunion of favorite figures from past episodes and lead up to the final battle between Arthur and his brilliant, hideously warped son Mordred. . . . Though the author doesn't shy from depicting the legend's tragic end, he does display authorial mercy in a set of aftermath scenes that ease the pain with a focus on healing and the future. Well done."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"The knights' simplicity, honor, and kitchen-table philosophizing will continue to entrance readers, straight through to the end of this thrilling, elegiac, hope-from-the-ashes saga."—The Horn Book, starred review

Praise for Other Books By Gerald Morris:

The Squire's Tale
"Well-drawn characters, excellent, snappy dialogue, detailed desriptions of medieval life, and a dry wit put a new spin on this engaging tale." —Booklist

The Lioness and Her Knight
"Once again, Morris brilliantly re-animates an old story, keeping readers engaged while gently, genially urging them to ruminate over the truths at its heart."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

The Princess, the Crone, and the Dung-Cart Knight
" Readers looking for page-turning adventure, a strong heroine, and some fun will find it all here." —School Library Journal

The Ballad of Sir Dinadan
"Fans of the previous titles or Arthurian legend in general will thoroughly enjoy Sir Dinadan, but it stands on its own as a lighthearted introduction to the period."—School Library Journal, starred review

"Morris pulls off a spectacular conclusion to his humane and witty Squire's Tales series as destructive intriques both provide a backdrop for a fan-pleasing reunion of favorite figures from past episodes and lead up to the final battle between Arthur and his brilliant, hideously warped son Mordred...Though the author doesn’t shy from depicting the legend’s tragic end, he does display authorial mercy in a set of aftermath scenes that ease the pain with a focus on healing and the future. Well done."—Kirkus, starred review

Children's Literature - Leah Hanson
Freshly knighted by King Arthur, Sir Terence has little time to enjoy his new status in King Arthur's court. With rumors of rebellion in Cornwall and Scotland, he and his closest friend Sir Gawain are sent on missions by the Round Table to discover the extent of Arthur's son Mordred's treachery. Vicious rumors in Camelot offer an equal threat, as an elaborate plot to turn Arthur and Lancelot against one another is put into play. With loyalties to Arthur crumbling within and marauding armies attacking without, the Knights of the Round Table face their greatest and last battle to save England from the dark magic of Morgause. Each chapter in this final installment of "The Squire's Tales" is written from a different character's voice, adding depth to the story and allowing a complex plot to fit together piece by piece. Fans will mourn the deaths of many favorite characters as the story reaches its inevitable end, but moments of lightheartedness keep the story from feeling morose. A Monty Python and the Holy Grail-esque shtick even offers laugh-out-loud humor. Morris masterfully concludes his King Arthur series with notes of hope, honor, and good's triumph over evil, taking his rightful place in the enchanting lore of Camelot. Reviewer: Leah Hanson
School Library Journal
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
Kirkus Reviews

Morris pulls off a spectacular conclusion to his humane and witty Squire's Tales series as destructive intrigues both provide a backdrop for a fan-pleasing reunion of favorite figures from past episodes and lead up to the final battle between Arthur and his brilliant, hideously warped son Mordred. Though the enchantress Lynet and her wise, mild husband, Sir Gaheris, have set out to find the murderous sorceress Morgause, a series of forged letters reopen old rifts between Arthur and Lancelot while Mordred's knights, disguised as Arthur's, lay waste to the country in a cunning terror campaign. Meanwhile, others, from heroic Sir Gawain and his faerie ex-squire Sir Terence to Morgan Le Fay and the saintly hermit Guinglain, step in to show what true loyalty, honesty, honor, love and courage look like. Those—along with, of course, stirring deeds of knightly prowess—are what the entire series has been about. Though the author doesn't shy from depicting the legend's tragic end, he does display authorial mercy in a set of aftermath scenes that ease the pain with a focus on healing and the future. Well done. (end note, cast list) (Fantasy. 12 & up)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547144207
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/13/2010
  • Series: Squire's Tales Series , #10
  • Pages: 295
  • Sales rank: 335,239
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 760L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

When Gerald Morris was in fifth grade he loved Greek and Norse mythology and before long was retelling the stories to his younger sister and then to neighborhood kids. He began carrying a notebook in which he kept some of the details related to the different stories. The joy he found in retelling those myths continued when he discovered other stories. According to Gerald Morris, “I never lost my love of retelling the old stories. When I found Arthurian literature, years later, I knew at once that I wanted to retell those grand tales. So I pulled out my notebook . . . I retell the tales, peopling them with characters that I at least find easier to recognize, and let the magic of the Arthurian tradition go where it will.” Gerald Morris lives in Wausau, Wisconsin, with his wife and their three children. In addition to writing he serves as a minister in a church.

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