Monday, August 9, 2010

Guest Review: The Squire's Quest

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Gerald Morris

And why is it, after all these years, that Terence is still just a squire, offering advice on how best to scrub rust spots from armor? But Squire Terence has more to worry about than his place on the social scale. For all the peace and prosperity that have made England famous across Europe, Terence is uneasy. After nearly six months without contact with the World of the Faeries -- not even from his old friend the mischievous sprite Robin -- Terence is sure something is rotten in King Arthur’s court. And while the squire is always on the watch for the latest plot of the enchantress Morgause, he now also has suspicions about Mordred, King Arthur’s misbegotten son, who has appeared at court. Is Mordred after Arthur’s throne?

In this ninth rollicking adventure in the Squire’s Tales series, Terence’s efforts to defend the Fellowship of the Round Table lead him on his farthest, and most fantastic journey yet -- a quest that ultimately brings Terence rewards he never imagined or expected.

My Take:

I’m a fan of Arthurian tales, and Gerald Morris’ versions of the stories are definitely enjoyable to read. Through the perspective of Terence, a half human and half faery, we follow along on the search for the traitor who will try to overthrow King Arthur himself. There is a great mystery in the land, and Terence has to try and solve it. I love this story because Terence is an unlikely character that no one expects to save the day. In stories like these, it’s usually the famous knights, like Gawain or Lancelot, who will swing their swords and win the battle. But this time, with the entire kingdom at stake, it’s a mere squire that will be the hero.

The only thing I don’t like about this book is that most of the townspeople in Camelot are stupid. They sing these annoying love songs about lovers who kill themselves for the stupidest reasons, and they think it’s all romantic and stuff. Besides that, this was a great story. And even though this book is the latest in the series, you don’t have to be well read in the previous books to enjoy this one. Using The Book Buff’s rating system, I would give this book a 2, Use a coupon at Borders, especially if you’re a fan of Arthurian tales.

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If this book were a movie it would likely be rated PG-13 for some violence.

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Jenn said...

Thanks for the review John! I thought it was great. I do have to say this, I love it when somebody uses the word "stupidest". I don't say that snidely, or sarcastically. I truly love it when people express their opinion in a normal, human way. :) I love it, and appreciate the fact that you point out this book has enough substance to stand on its own, and you don't have to read the previous books. I may have to check this one out. Thanks again!

mm_megan said...

wow, what a great review. i haven't read any books in this series before but i love arthurian lore to the death, so i'm definitely going to check it out. i'm following you from now on. :)


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